Lady Panthers come all the way back
CLEARMONT — The Arvada-Clearmont High School girls basketball team couldn’t have scripted a worse start to the state tournament Thursday. The Lady Panthers spotted defending state champion Little Snake River the first 19 points in a quarterfinal matchup inside the Casper Events Center.
AC clawed all the way back and used a big fourth quarter to claim a 55-44 victory and a spot in the semifinals. The top-seeded Lady Panthers will battle No. 2-seeded St. Stephens at Natrona County High School Friday at 6 p.m.
The Lady Rattlers held a 19-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, but a 20-point second quarter for the Lady Panthers cut their deficit to 31-24 at halftime. AC pulled to within three at 38-35 ahead of the game’s final eight minutes.
A couple free throws from McKenna Auzqui gave the Lady Panthers their first lead of the night at 39-38 with 7:11 to play in the game.
Brooke Worman gave AC some breathing room on a 3-pointer with 5:54 left, and the Lady Panthers slowly stretched out their lead until the final buzzer.
Kristin Klaahsen paced AC with 16 points. Worman added 13 points, which included a trio of 3s, and Auzqui had a double-double consisting of 12 points and 13 rebounds.
The Lady Panthers shot 31 percent (18 of 59) from the floor, while the Lady Rattlers connected on 35 percent (17 of 48) of their field-goal attempts.
Rams take down Eagles in opening state round
BIG HORN — The Big Horn High School boys basketball team soundly defeated the Tongue River High School boys basketball team 74-38 Thursday night in the opening round of the 2A state basketball championships in Casper.
The Rams used a dominant first half to come away with the victory, leading 40-14 after two quarters. Kade VanDyken scored a game-high 20 points to lead Big Horn, and Quinn McCafferty added 16 points. Cade Reish led the Eagles with 18 points.
Tongue River faces Wright Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Big Horn faces Wyoming Indian Friday at 9 p.m.
Lady Rams drop first game at state
BIG HORN — The Big Horn High School girls basketball team lost 59-47 to No. 1 Wyoming Indian Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the 2A state basketball championships in Casper.
The Lady Rams had a strong second quarter and were only behind 26-19 at half. Big Horn couldn’t put everything together, though, trailing 37-26 after three quarters.
Sydney Schmidt led the Lady Rams with 12 points. Jenny Trabert and Courtney Wallach both contributed 11 points.
Big Horn faces Rocky Mountain Friday at 9 a.m.
Broncs cruise in quarters
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School boys basketball team opened up regional tournament play in Cheyenne Thursday.
The top-seeded Broncs eased past No. 4-seeded Cheyenne South 70-28. Sheridan will battle No. 3-seeded Campbell County in the semifinals Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Cheyenne East.
Gus Wright paced a balanced scoring attack for the Broncs with 19 points. Tristan Bower added 12 points, Parker Christensen tallied 10 points, and Jacob Boint and Ethan Rickett chipped in nine points apiece. Sheridan owned a 23-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and expanded that advantage to 50-12 at halftime. The Broncs called the dogs off in the second half.
Lady Broncs fall to elimination round
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School girls basketball team opened up regional tournament play in Cheyenne Thursday.
The No. 3-seeded Lady Broncs fell to No. 2-seeded Cheyenne Central 50-36. Sheridan will play in an elimination game Friday against No. 3-seeded Laramie.
Katie Ligocki paced the Lady Broncs with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Mollie Morris added 10 points and six rebounds.
Sheridan cut its 12-5 first-quarter deficit to one, trailing 17-16 at halftime.
The Lady Indians pushed their advantage out to 34-26 ahead of the game’s final quarter and another 10-point period from the Lady Broncs doomed them.