Jan. 16 Class 4A boys basketball statistics

BOYS
TEAM STATISTICS

Scoring: 1. Gillette 75.6; 2. Sheridan 63.8; 3. Rock Springs 60.9; 4. Cheyenne South 54.4; 5. Casper Kelly Walsh 52.6; 6t. Riverton; Cheyenne East 51.5; 8. Casper Natrona County 51.2; 9t. Evanston; Laramie 50.5; 11. Green River 41.0; 12. Cheyenne Central 37.7.

Defense: 1. Kelly Walsh 37.6; 2. East 40.3; 3. Central 44.6; 4. Evanston 50.0; 5. Riverton 51.4; 6. South 53.4; 7. Sheridan 54.9; 8. Gillette 59.5; 9. Laramie 59.9; 10. Natrona 62.0; 11. Rock Springs 64.1; 12. Green River 65.6. Continue reading

Jan. 16 Class 4A girls basketball statistics

TEAM STATISTICS

Scoring: 1. Cheyenne East 60.4; 2. Sheridan 59.4; 3. Gillette 59.0; 4. Casper Natrona County 54.5; 5. Rock Springs 42.2; 6. Riverton 42.0; 7. Cheyenne Central 41.8; 8. Green River 41.2; 9. Laramie 38.1; 10. Cheyenne South 37.0; 11. Evanston 36.5; 12. Casper Kelly Walsh 36.0.

Defense: 1. East 34.3; 2. Central 37.3; 3. Evanston 37.6; 4. Laramie 39.4; 5. Sheridan 39.8; 6. South 42.8; 7. Natrona 42.9; 8. Green River 45.3; 9. Gillette 46.3; 10. Kelly Walsh 48.9; 11. Riverton 49.6; 12. Rock Springs 57.4. Continue reading

Class 4A girls basketball stats Jan. 8, 2014

TEAM STATISTICS

Scoring: 1. Sheridan 60.7; 2. Cheyenne East 60.4; 3. Gillette 59.6; 4. Casper Natrona County 54.4; 5. Cheyenne Central 43.1; 6. Rock Springs 42.9; 7. Green River 42.2; 8. Riverton 40.9; 9. Cheyenne South 38.6; 10. Laramie 37.3; 11. Casper Kelly Walsh 35.8; 12. Evanston 35.0.

Defense: 1. East 33.2; 2. Evanston 34.8; 3. Central 37.6; 4. Laramie 38.9; 5. Sheridan 39.6; 6. South 41.8; 7. Natrona 44.2; 8. Green River 45.3; 9t. Gillette; Kelly Walsh 48.3; 11. Riverton 53.3; 12. Rock Springs 58.9. Continue reading

South’s Noble finds her ‘lucky’ shooting approach against Central

CHEYENNE — Dani Noble’s face said it all.

The Cheyenne South sophomore was running up the court when she realized there was no one around her. She signaled to Heather Amen that she was open and could get off a 3-point attempt.

Amen got her the ball. Noble turned and fired the shot.

At the same moment, a Cheyenne Central defender saw the slip and came closing in. She hit Noble as she was shooting.

The ball was nothing but net for three points and Noble was headed to the line.

But not before she cracked a big smile and just laughed. It was that kind of night. Continue reading

Ragsdale finds touch, starting to make plays for Pine Bluffs girls

Pine Bluffs sophomore Jaden Ragsdale goes up for a shot during the Lady Hornets 39-36 loss to Burns on Saturday. Blaine McCartney/staff

Pine Bluffs sophomore Jaden Ragsdale goes up for a shot during the Lady Hornets 39-36 loss to Burns on Saturday. Blaine McCartney/staff

BURNS — Get the rebound.

Sprint ahead.

Throw it to Jaden Ragsdale down low for the layup.

Or, as the Pine Bluffs girls basketball team called it during Saturday’s game with county rival Burns, the game plan.

Facing a much smaller team, the Lady Hornets intentionally went to their post player time and time again. And the plan worked to the tune of 22 points.

“I haven’t actually went to the rim this whole season until today and I think it worked a lot better. I put going to the rim in my head and that’s what happened,” Ragsdale said. Continue reading

RILEY OPINION: Sheridan’s Hailey Ligocki is a solid player with upside for UW

Sheridan’s Hailey Ligocki alters the shot of Cheyenne Central’s Sierra Kuno during Friday’s game. Blaine McCartney/staff

Editors note: The is an opinion written after watching Ligocki and the Sheridan girls basketball team play the Cheyenne Central girls on Friday night. The writer has not seen Ligocki play in other games this season.

Please check out Tuesday’s edition of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle print edition or visit www.WyoSports.net for a feature piece on Ligocki by WyoSports assistant editor Jeremiah Johnke with insight from other coaches and Ligocki on her play.

CHEYENNE — Sheridan senior Hailey Ligocki, a University of Wyoming signee, scored 11 points during the Lady Broncs 57-35 win over the Cheyenne Central girls on Friday night.

Ligocki, a 5-foot-8 guard, is a key signee for the Cowgirls and coach Joe Legerski. She inked her letter of intent on Nov. 14, 2012.

WyoSports writer Alex Riley, who has covered girls high school and college basketball over the years, takes a look at what he thinks makes Ligocki a good player for UW and where she needs to improve: Continue reading

South girls basketball finds it has depth to spare

Cheyenne South's Oxsanna Beltran and Casper Kelly Walsh's Kristen Franke fight for possession on a loose ball in the third quarter during the McDonalds Classic on Saturday at South High School. Beltran finished with 12 points off the bench. Blaine McCartney/staff

CHEYENNE — By the time Cheyenne South’s game against Casper Kelly Walsh ended on Saturday, the Lady Bison had done things they’d never done before.

The most obvious of those was earn the program’s first-ever win over another Class 4A team. South won 60-54. Coming into the game, South was 0-16 against other 4A opponents over the last season and the first two games of this season.

How they got that win is the second thing the team had never done before — the program relied on its bench.

“It’s not a one-person team anymore. The team is now everybody, including the bench players, including the five people starting, including the coaches,” sophomore Dani Noble.  Continue reading

Brodahl makes a splash; notes from East’s win over Natrona

Cheyenne East guard Kayla Cheney passes to a teammate with Casper Natrona County's Jena Milliken applying pressure during East's 61-56 overtime win on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

CHEYENNE — To hear Ashton Brodahl describe her experience, she was more nervous sitting on the bench watching Cheyenne East’s game against Casper Natrona County unfold than she actually was playing in it.

Brodahl said her legs were shaking before entering the game. Once she got on the court, nerves didn’t play a factor in her game. But she did play a factor in the outcome.

The sophomore guard hit three crucial free throws in overtime to help the Lady Thunderbirds earn a 61-56 win over the Lady Mustangs. Natrona came into the game as Class 4A’s No. 1 team.

“(When I went in) I’m thinking that I know that I can do this and my team definitely helped me relax. They helped me with just being on that floor,” Brodahl said. Continue reading

Burns girls looking to ride experience to successful season

With players like, from left, Megan Marker, Alex McCart, Hailey Pyle, Mckayla Ward and Mckenzie Ward back, there is a lot of optimisim for the Burns girls basketballt eam.

BURNS — Togetherness shouldn’t be a problem for the Burns girls basketball team.

When you have a slew of returning talent for the previous season, experience and cohesiveness aren’t big issues.

“Yes ( it easy to jump back in) because you’re used to playing. We only lost one so you’re not doing a big loss,” junior Megan Marker said.

Of the 13 players on last year’s varsity roster, the Lady Broncs only lost one — senior Bailey Ward. Yes, Ward was the team’s leading scorer with 12.9 points per game. (That total was also tops among Class 2A East Conference teams.)

But when everyone else is coming back, there’s plenty to get excited about.

“It’s great because we don’t have to reteach it all over,” junior Hailey Pyle said. “It’s great to just be able to know what we’re supposed to do and it works so smoothly for us that it’s going to help a lot.” Continue reading

Pine Bluffs girls leave program on a high note and in good hands

The Pine Bluffs girls basketball team was all smiles after claiming fifth-place in the Class 2A state basketball tournament last week.

CASPER — It wasn’t for the state championship. It wasn’t for third-place. But when the Pine Bluffs girls basketball team took the court last Saturday in the Class 2A fifth-place game, there was still plenty to play for.

Last season, the Lady Hornets didn’t make the state tournament. This year, they had something to prove. Even if it wasn’t a state title, this group of girls would not be denied.

“The seniors, we wanted to try and get them a win going out. And then the freshmen and sophomores, give them kind of a taste of what it was and maybe next year they’ll come back up and do it again,” Pine Bluffs coach Bob Cochran said. Continue reading