East Girls Basketball is hyper-focused on a three-peat

Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 12:08 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The East Lady Thunderbirds were perfection in every way, shape, and form last season when they went 28-0 en route to their second 4A state championship in a row. That begs the question of how can they improve upon a year where they never tasted defeat?

Head Coach Eric Westling said it’s not by testing themselves against other teams, it’s by testing themselves against themselves.

“It’s putting them in circumstances that maybe they don’t like as much. As far as I know, there are no summer league trophies that matter to us. So it’s all about working in different groups, becoming better as a cohesive team, and really working together,” Westling said.

East is bringing back two all-state players from last season in Bradie Schlabs and Boden Liljedahl, but this year’s team will still look a little different. The Lady Thunderbirds lost four seniors including Gatorade Player of the Year Jordan Jones, but it’s clear that the new players stepping up in their absence have a fire under their bellies.

Simply put, this team fully intends to turn their upcoming season into a three-peat.

“We have a lot of people who are open to opportunities. Our freshmen coming up, they’re learning fast and they want to just play. So it’s huge having a team who competes for the same thing and just wants to win,” Schlabs said.

“We want to keep our winning streak and our team doesn’t like to lose. So [we’re] just keeping our heads up and trying to push ourselves in practice, so we don’t have to put ourselves [in] a loss this season,” Liljedahl added.

The Lady Thunderbirds begin their season on Thursday in the Oil City Tipoff against Kelly Walsh.