SHERIDAN — This season, it’s a fine balance between excitement and concern for Sheridan High School girls basketball head coach Larry Ligocki. On the one hand, there’s the exhilaration that comes with breaking in so many new players, while on the other hand, there’s the concern with not having much experience at all. The Lady Broncs graduated eight seniors and four starters from last year’s team, which suffered its fair share of lumps throughout the season. As a result, Ligocki will rely on many new faces to help improve his program in his second year at the helm.
“I like the kids, and I like what they’re doing right now,” Ligocki said. “But it’s truly a step up from what they’re used to. They’ll have to grow a little, but I think they’re the kind of kids that can do that.”
While many new faces have checked in and out of games thus far this season, Ligocki’s program is beginning to take form. Last year, the first couple months of the season for the Lady Broncs encompassed a period of adjustment. The players needed time to get used to a new coach, a new system and a new mentality. With that already in place, Ligocki didn’t have to take as much time this offseason to teach.
“The kids are further along today than we were at this point last year simply because everything was new,” Ligocki said. “There’s a little bit of comfort there. You set them on the floor and you ask them do something and they are doing it right away. There’s a little less time teaching and instructing.”
Ligocki’s daughter, Katie, stands as one of the few returnees with plenty of varsity experience.
She’ll be asked to do a lot more from her post position for most of the season as the Lady Broncs’ only returning starter, Jordan Christensen, is sidelined for a significant portion of the season with a knee injury.
Year one didn’t go well and there are plenty of new faces for year two, but there’s also plenty of reason to believe the Lady Broncs are headed in the right direction.
Head coach: Larry Ligocki
Last season’s record: 7-17
Last season’s conference record: 3-9
Key contributors: Jordan Christensen, Katie Ligocki
Jan. 3-5 at Cheyenne tournament
Jan. 11 vs. Billings West
Jan. 12 vs. Kelly Walsh
Jan. 18 at Thunder Basin
Jan. 19 vs. Campbell County
Jan. 25 at Natrona County
Feb. 1 vs. Cheyenne Central
Feb. 2 vs. Cheyenne East
Feb. 8 at Cheyenne South
Feb. 9 at Laramie
Feb. 15 at Campbell County
Feb. 16 vs. Thunder Basin
Feb. 22 vs. Natrona County
Feb. 28-March 2 at Regionals (Cheyenne East)
March 7-9 at State (Casper)