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Natrona County Fillies are staying motivated by heartbreaking ending to last season

Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 1:15 AM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Natrona County Fillies varsity basketball team made it through the month of December with a sparkling 6-0 record, and they are currently ranked second at 4A in the state.

The Fillies finished last season with a couple of heartbreakers in the state championship, and that heartbreak has fueled them so far this season.

“I think it motivated us because we knew we should have done better, and we knew we could have done better,” said Tamryn Blom, a senior power forward. “So I think all of us were pretty frustrated with ourselves and just as a team we were really irritated, and so coming into this season we’re like ‘We know we should do better, so why don’t we show them?’”

Blom added that they’ve been able to carry that heartbreak into each subsequent sports season. It motivated the core group during track and volleyball, too, according to Blom.

Alex Bright, one of Blom’s teammates and a fellow senior, said the group is “great friends,” and that has allowed them to be very competitive with one another.

“I just really don’t like losing. I don’t think anyone likes losing, so every time I think about [what] we could have done more in a game to win. I just wanna win in the first place and not have to think about that after,” said Bright about why she’s competitive.

Bright, Blom and the rest of the Fillies will have the chance to compete this weekend at the Taco John’s Invite in Cheyenne. They’ll have the chance to play East, who is currently the top-ranked girls team at 4A, and Sheridan, who knocked them out in the first round of the state playoffs last year.

“I think it’s gonna be fun to like see what we’ve accomplished this year and how we’ve changed,” said Blom about what she’s looking forward to about this weekend’s competition. “And I think this weekend is gonna be a pretty opportunity to just show them what we have.”

The Fillies will tip-off first against Wheatland at 11 a.m. at Cheyenne South.

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