Preseason Preview: Cheyenne South Girls Basketball

Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 1:11 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - This will be the first season under Brodie Epler for the Cheyenne South Girls Basketball team. He said he has a multi-year plan to build a foundation for the program, which is still in search of its first state tournament appearance. However, the former Lady Bison assistant coach also has a one-year plan for his seniors.

“Looking at this year specifically, I would say that one thing that I’m gonna measure success by is if we’re the same team here in December, and the practice that you see right now, if that’s the same in a month and in two months and at the end of the season then I didn’t necessarily do my job,” said Epler. “But I think that people will be pleasantly surprised with the product that we put out on the floor, especially with the kids bringing their best effort and the right type of attitude.”

Last season Cheyenne South had ten seniors and seemed to be poised to make it to States. However, the team finished (8-10) and just three points shy of clinching a birth in the tourney.

“It really wasn’t hard [to transition from last season],” said South Junior Janiag Wright. “We all got a chance to step up now and we all get a better opportunity at expressing our basketball skills and we’ve been connecting as a team. It was a big change, but I feel like we are handling it greatly.”

So now, with the Class of 2021 and nearly all of last year’s team gone, a whole new crop of Bison have the chance to shine.

“With Covid last year, a lot of us we’re in the small gym and there was like only a few of us, maybe two, that are in this gym now that we’re in the big gym,” said South Senior Laynie Ramirez. “So being able to grow with the younger girls and just make a connection so that they also have the bigger role [is our goal this year].”

The Lady Bison begin the season in the Oil City Tip-Off on Thursday. South is scheduled to play Rock Springs, Natrona County, and Green River during the three-day invitational.

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