Douglas’ Allyson Fertig rebounding skills on full display over the weekend

Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 8:43 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Allyson Fertig stood tall among the competition on the basketball court during her time at Douglas High School, which helped propel her to the University of Wyoming for next season.

During her time as a Bearcat, she pulled down 1,198 rebounds, and those rebounding skills were on full display at the Wyoming Coaches Foundation North-South All-Star Games last Saturday at Casper College.

Rebounds weren’t tallied officially for the game, but she grabbed in an excess of 25 rebounds based on video review. She also had 25 points, a handful of blocks and a pair of assists, but it was her rebounding skills that stood out the most.

Every time there was a missed shot it seemed like Fertig was there with her outstretched arms to grab the ball and start the break for her South squad.

“She’s got such great wingspan and ability to go get the ball,” said South Head Coach Cody Helenbolt, who was also Fertig’s head coach during her time at Douglas. “It’s fun to watch.”

Helenbolt said there are two great things about Fertig’s rebounding prowess.

“First, when a shot goes up, you kind of have to worry about the rebound, well, usually, but I don’t have to do that,” said Helenbolt in a postgame interview after Fertig’s rebounding clinic during the game. “And the other thing is for the last four years we’ve not had to work on boxing out as much normally as a high school girls basketball coach does because those drills are always the ones where you get like an ankle sprain or something or someone gets elbowed in the face.”

Fertig said she loves rebounding after the game. “I’m tall, so I need to use that as my advantage, and it’s a God-given gift, and I want to use it to the best of my ability.”

As for whether she prefers offensive or defensive rebounds, Fertig said, “If I’m grabbing an offensive rebound, it usually means my teammates missed, and I like it when they are scoring buckets.”

Next season, Fertig will bring those rebounding skills with her to Laramie for the University of Wyoming women’s basketball team.

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