CLEARMONT — Multiple Big 3s have called Boston home. A few others have popped up in Miami, Houston and Oklahoma City over the last few years.
This season, at Wyoming’s smallest high school, in the little town of Clearmont, a big three will look for continued success on the hardwood.
“I think we’ve been playing together for so long that we can read each other,” Arvada-Clearmont’s Kristin Klaahsen said. “We just have a telepathic thing, and we just click really well together.”
Klaahsen, McKenna Auzqui and Ashlynn Fennema make up the three-headed monster that will lead the Lady Panthers this season. Those three accounted for more than 73 percent of the scoring last season.
Klaahsen led the way, pouring in 11.8 points per game. Fennema added 10.6 points per contest, and Auzqui chipped in 8.3 points and a team-high 10.6 rebounds per game. All three earned All-Conference recognition, while Auzqui and Fennema also received All-State honors.
The trio not only led the Lady Panthers in production but also in every other facet of the game. All three will serve as captains this season.
Krista Malli also returns as a starter, and the fifth and final starter from last season was somewhat of a revolving door between three players, who also all return. Ten players will suit up for AC each and every game, and even though the aforementioned big three can carry the load, and have proven so, they’d still like continued growth from the entire cast.
“It takes five people to win a game,” Auzqui said. “And we have a deep bench this year.”
Brooke Warman enters this season after transferring in from 4A Laramie.
AC captured its first conference crown in more than a decade last season, but couldn’t sustain the success and failed to advance past the regional tournament.
The Lady Panthers haven’t forgotten that point, and while it proved difficult to get over at first, they believe it will help them moving forward.
“It was devastating at the moment,” Fennema said. “Now, it’s just like something we found positive — a strengthening point.”
Head coach: Sarah Walker
Last season’s record: 16-7
Last season’s conference record: 8-0
Key contributors: McKenna Auzqui, Ashlynn Fennema, Kristin Klaahsen, Krista Malli
Jan. 11-12 at Buffalo tournament
Jan. 15 vs. NSI
Jan. 18 at Upton
Jan. 19 vs. Ten Sleep
Jan. 25 at Kaycee
Jan. 26 vs. Hulett
Feb. 1 at NSI
Feb. 2 at Midwest
Feb. 8 vs. Upton
Feb. 9 at Hulett
Feb. 15 vs. Kaycee
Feb. 16 vs. Midwest
Feb. 21-23 at Regionals (Douglas)
Feb. 28-March 2 at State (Casper)