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Douglas’ Allyson Fertig reflects on elite high school career

Douglas High School’s Allyson Fertig dominated the paint for years for the Bearcats, and she’s taking her talents to the University of Wyoming next season. In an interview after winning another Gatorade Player of the Year award, she shared some reflections from her high school career.
Updated: May. 30, 2021 at 9:31 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Douglas’ Allyson Fertig won her second Wyoming girls basketball Gatorade Player of the Year earlier in the week. She dominated 3A girls basketball during her time as a Bearcat.

She finished her career with 1,854 points, 1,198 rebounds and 452 blocks.

Even with all of the individual success, Fertig said she’d rather win another state title than an individual award like the Gatorade Player of the Year.

“That’s what really matters because it doesn’t just represent me,” said Fertig. “It represents my teammates and my school and just Wyoming in general, and it’s just much more meaningful because it impacts a lot more people than just a title like Gatorade Player of the Year.”

Fertig said she’d remember winning state championships the most during her time at Douglas High School. Her team won a lot of them.

The Bearcats took home three 3A state titles during Fertig’s tenure. When Fertig was on the team, it was nearly unbeatable finishing with a 100-2 record during her career.

She attributed Cody Helenbolt, Douglas’ girls basketball head coach, for helping her get better and continuing to push her.

“He told me every year that I could be great, and that I just need to keep working on lots of things because he wanted me to be an all-around player,” said Fertig. “I just want him to know that it really means a lot and that I’ll never forget all of the time we spent together, and he’s one of my favorite coaches of all time.”

Fertig’s dedication and determination have paid off for her. She’ll be a member of the University of Wyoming women’s basketball team next season.

“I’m ready to call it my home and live there for my four years there, and I’m excited,” said Fertig.

“Just knowing that I’ll have the Wyoming support there, and they’ll support me even more because I’m from Wyoming, it’s just amazing.”

She plans to head to Laramie in July to start working out with some of her future teammates.

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