SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Cowgirls open their regular season when they play the Montana State-Northern Skylights Friday night at Sheridan College.
The game provides a unique opportunity for several Cowgirls players with connections to Sheridan. Freshman guard Hailey Ligocki graduated from SHS this spring, Fallon Lewis played at Tongue River High School before playing at Sheridan College, and Jasmine Davis transferred from SC this year.
The Cowgirls leader and Sheridan native sharpshooter Kayla Woodward enters her junior year. Woodward spoke with the Press Tuesday afternoon following practice.
On getting to play at home again:
It’s really exciting. I actually thought I might have more nerves coming into this game, but I was talking to my parents and they reminded me I’ve played in front of this group of people my whole life.
But it’s a lot of nerves and excitement right now.
On staying focused beyond the distractions of Friday night:
With the one exhibition it was a good game to get going, just showing how some of our new girls can play, getting the young girls some time. It does show how we can play. We may not get as open of shots as we’d like, but it does show how and where we can progress as we keep going.
On how first-year Cowgirls Jasmine Davis and Hailey Ligocki are fitting in:
They’re doing a good job. We all are really connecting right now. In practice, everybody is still learning to work together, but we have that connection off the court and it helps with things like finding the open person on the court.You can see it progresses, and it’s really cool to see.
On their process this early in the year after having to replace so many contributors from last year’s team:
It’s hard. The girls we lost, that was half of our scoring and half of our rebounding. We’re all having to pick up more roles. Like for me, I’ve got to make sure I go rebound every time. You’re training yourself to do more things. We’re picking up our roles right now and we’re learning our strengths and our weaknesses. But it’s been good.
On being named MWC Preseason Player of the Year:
It’s an honor to be recognized; at first it did seem like a lot of pressure. Right now it’s about the whole team. Our big goal is to maybe win our conference and be playing our best once we get to the conference tournament. It was a cool honor, it’s kind of in the back of my head, but I’m not thinking about it as much anymore.
Tipoff is 8 p.m. Friday at Sheridan College. If the game hasn’t sold out by noon Thursday, remaining tickets will be sold at the door.