The Natrona County Fillies Baskteball Team Looks to Make it Back to States with a Younger Team

Updated: Dec. 15, 2022 at 4:30 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - After losing in the semifinals to eventual state champions last season, the Natrona County Fillies are rearing to go again and make it back to the state tournament. The difference with this team from last year, is they are much younger this time around.

In total, the Fillies have three seniors this year, with the rest of the 12-man roster being made up of juniors and sophomores. Some of the Fillies seniors commented on how practices have been going so far with this roster.

Senior Emily Manville, who led the 4A in average blocks per game said practices so far have been, “Pretty competitive and that’s what I like a lot so I’m pretty excited to see how it pays off for us this weekend... Our intensity and everything, you can tell that everyone has the same common goal in practice, and I think it’s good that we’re able to push each other.”

“I think we have a really competitive group of girls and definitely some good athletes. So just working with them and trying to read off each other and getting comfortable with one another definitely has been a struggle, but you can tell we’re learning and have gotten better and better every day in practice,” said senior Megan Hagar.

Last season the Natrona County girls’ basketball team had an in-conference record of 7-3 and an overall record of 18-10. They also finished in fourth place at the state tournament.

After a whole offseason of preparing the team for the upcoming season, head coach Brian Costello liked what he saw in this group saying, “We have a lot of really skilled basketball players we got kids that can shoot, we got kids than can drive, we got kids that can rebound, we got kids that can defend. It’s our job to put them together in all of the right spots and if we do I think we’re going to be really good.”

The Fillies started their season off hot, going 3-0 in the Oil City Tipoff Tournament with wins over Evanston, Green River, and Kelly Walsh.