Douglas Girls Basketball Preview

The Douglas Lady Bearcats have had one of the most dominant four-year stretches in Wyoming high school basketball history, and it will be up to a mostly new group of players to keep that success going this season.
Published: Dec. 17, 2021 at 1:40 AM CST
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DOUGLAS, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Douglas Lady Bearcats basketball team has had one of the most impressive runs in Wyoming high school basketball history over the past four years. The team won three state championships and compiled a 100-2 record.

That was with a crew of four seniors, which included current college basketball players like Allyson Fertig and Joslin Igo.

It will be up to a new group of players to keep the momentum going in Douglas, and they’re off to a good start. The Lady Bearcats finished 3-0 in their first action of the season last weekend at the Burns Winter Classic.

Cody Helenbolt, the Lady Bearcats’ head coach, said before the season tipped that this season promised to be “fun.”

“I just love seeing kids step into new roles and seeing how they handle that,” said Helenbolt. “It’s really fun to see that, and I feel like the kids that we have stepping into those roles are prepared to do it, and I’m just excited to see them take on that challenge and hopefully excel.”

Senior Alli Olsen echoed Helenbolt’s sentiments about this being a fun season, and she said she was looking forward to potentially more competitive games this season.

“I’m most excited about trying to prove people wrong,” said Olsen. “People don’t think we’re gonna be good this year, so I really am excited about trying to prove people wrong and show them that there is a bunch of people on our team that are competitive and that we are good.”

Olsen and the rest of the Lady Bearcats will play at home for the first time this season on Friday versus Lander Valley. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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