Laramie Splits Conference Openers
The conference debut was successful for the Plainsmen, but not for the Lady Plainsmen, as both teams faced Sheridan Friday night.
The Laramie boy’s held off the Broncs for a 47-44 victory. The Lady Plainsmen put forth a great effort, but fell short in a 52-46 loss to the fifth-ranked Lady Broncs.
Laramie (6-6, 1-0) used a late 8-3 spurt to defeat Sheridan. The Plainsmen trailed 41-39 until Jake Aadland knocked down a deep 3-pointer. LHS made five free throws down the stretch and secured the win.
Andrew Garcia scored a career-high 17 points, while Aadland returned the line-up with 18 points and six rebounds. Laramie shot only 37 percent, but held the Broncs to just 34. The Plainsmen also had only nine turnovers.
Blake Godwin scored a game-high 21 points for Sheridan, but they also shot only 25 percent from beyond the arc.
LHS held the Broncs scoreless in the first quarter and held an 8-0 lead. The margin got to 12 before Godwin hit four 3-pointers late in the second, and Laramie’s lead was only 16-14 at half.
There were six lead changes and a tie in the third. After a Sheridan 3-pointer put the Broncs up 37-35, the Plainsmen tied it twice before Aadland hit the key three.
Laramie Lady Plainsmen
Laramie (7-5, 0-1) had some critical turnovers in the fourth quarter and fell to Sheridan by six. It was the third straight loss for the Lady Plainsmen.
The Lady Broncs utilized an 18-point third quarter and took the lead for good. Kaycen Townsend and Jamy Shassetz led the surge and combined for 11 points in the period. Robbi Ryan took over early in the fourth and finished with a game-high 18 points, as Sheridan held off a late LHS rally.
Laramie trailed 15-9 before a Lexi Pulley keyed a 12-0 spurt. Pulley scored nine points in the run and propelled the Lady Plainsmen to a 25-20 halftime lead.
Pulley and Jennifer Aadland led LHS with 13 points apiece. Bridgette Johnson added 10 off the bench.
Both teams shot 38 percent from the field, but Sheridan shot 52 percent in the second half.
The Lady Plainsmen were also hurt by 23 turnovers.
Both Laramie teams are back in action today, as they host Gillette in their second conference game. The Lady Plainsmen face the #3 Lady Camels at 11:30 a.m. The Plainsmen follow against the #5 Camels at 1 p.m.
KOWB (AM 1290) will have radio coverage of the girl’s game at 10:45 a.m. Due to a conflict with Wyoming Cowgirl basketball, the Plainsmen game will be a streaming only broadcast through Network1Sports.com. David Settle and VerDon Hoopes will call the games.