Laramie Girls Basketball expects to be in the top tier of 4A

Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 12:20 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The end to last season left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Lady Plainsmen when they were upset by Kelly Walsh and Campbell County in the regionals.

This year’s team has a lot of young experienced players ready to bounce back, with another key component being the strong culture within the team.

“I think because we have such a younger team, and we don’t have a lot of upperclassmen that we all just get along pretty well. There’s not really that much of a hierarchy, which I think is sometimes better for the team dynamic because you don’t really need to act like the boss if you’re older. That’s not necessarily true. I think we have a good dynamic with that, and also we’re really good friends off the court. So on the court it translates pretty well,” senior Ruby Dorrell said.

The team is returning nine varsity players from last season, including three that made All-Conference in Addison Forry (first team), Kylin Shipman (second team), and Dorrell (honorable mention).

They still did suffer a few key losses though, most notably All-State selection Morgann Jensen along with four other seniors.

Last year they finished third in their conference with a 14-9 overall record and 7-3 within 4A East; that was behind only the undefeated state champion East and third place Thunder Basin.

With so many impact players returning combined with the team’s mentality, their head coach believes they can hang with anyone.

“I truly do think that we can beat any team in the state, and I’m excited to see if we can go out and do that. It’s not going to be easy, and that’s one thing that we talked about is deserving victory. Are we doing the things to deserve victory on a daily basis? Whether that’s being a good daughter, being a good sister, being a good student, being a good teammate to one another. Just all those little things. Are we busting our tail to deserve victory on a daily basis, and I think we’ve done a good job of that,” coach Terrance Reese said.

The Lady Plainsmen take the floor for the first time on Thursday against Star Valley.