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East Girls Basketball team reflects with state tournament, extra nights in hotel in rearview mirror

Published: Mar. 20, 2021 at 12:06 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The 4A Girls Basketball State Champion Cheyenne East Lady T-Birds are safely back home.

“[Being stuck in Casper was] kind of indicative of this year and in that every day we’re just waiting and hoping to get to go home,” said East Head Girls Basketball Coach Eric Westling. “But at least we could take solace in that these girls did such an awesome job this year.”

The team spent more time than it bargained for in its hotel since I-25 was closed and Cheyenne unreachable. But now East can reflect on the experience with a state title in tow.

“This is what I’ve been working for since really my sophomore year, since we got second [in the tournament] that one year,” said East Senior Emma Jacobsen. “And just after that, all that work that we are putting in was just to win state and being able to finish my basketball career by winning is just amazing.”

The state title was the second for East High School this year after the Thunderbirds brought one home on the gridiron.

“The boys football team they won state and everything, said East Freshman Bradie Schlabs. “So being involved in that, I got to watch that and watch them and them be all excited and everything and then us to be able to experience that is super exciting.”

The East Girls Basketball team has now won five state championships in program history and the title was the first for Eric Westling as a head coach.

The Lady T-Birds return multiple key contributors next season and will aim to win back-to-back state championships for the first time in program history next year.

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