Laramie Girls Win, Boys Lose Against Rock Springs
It was another split for Laramie High School basketball on day two of the season, but this was reversed from the first game outcomes.
The Laramie Lady Plainsmen got their first win of the season in a blowout, 59-38, over Rock Springs in Casper Friday night. The Plainsmen lost a tight game to Rock Springs in Riverton. The final score was 49-47.
Laramie Lady Plainsmen
Jennifer Aadland scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Plainsmen in their first victory.
Aadland scored 10 of Laramie’s first 15 points in the game. That set the tone, and Laramie pulled away in the second half.
Head coach Rod Tyson saw an improved performance from game one to game two.
“I think we did quite a few things better than we did last night (Thursday), which is what we were hoping for. They pressed us a little bit. We broke fairly easy, so I was really pleased with that. You know we’ll have other presses, as well, but we did a really good job on that one.”
The Lady Plainsmen took a 15-9 lead after the first quarter. Rock Springs answered with nine straight to open the second period for an 18-9 lead. Laramie ended the first half on a 12-4 run and never gave up the lead. It was 27-22 at the half. LHS exploded for 21 points in the third, as they started to pull away. The lead reached 23 points on two occasions in the second half.
As for Aadland’s performance, Tyson said, “When you make that first shot, and I know Jen made that first shot, it got her going, and she had a big three, and then she was feeling pretty good.”
Tyson also said, “I think DJ (DaiJane Giron) has been pretty solid with us, like just calming everyone down and playing pretty good defense, getting steals, and passing really well. I think she’s like, sort of, the glue that’s holding us together right now.”
Laramie (1-1) shot 46 percent in the game. That included 53 percent in the first half. Lauren Sylvestre had 9 points and 10 rebounds, while Janey Adair added 9 points and 5 boards. LHS out-rebounded the Tigers 40-to-30.
Rock Springs (1-1) shot only 24 percent from the field. That included 13 percent, 3-23, from beyond the arc. Kyla Henry and Brenli Jenkins scored 13 points apiece to lead the way.
The Lady Plainsmen return to action Saturday against Green River. The game is at noon from the Natrona County High School Auxiliary Gymnasium. KOWB (AM 1290) will have live coverage starting at 11:30 a.m. You can also listen through the KOWB app or online. David Settle will call the game.
The Plainsmen got a career-high 22 points from Will Tyser, and Hudda Herrera added 16 points, but it wasn’t enough, as Laramie fell to the Tigers 49-47.
Rock Springs (1-1) jumped out to a 16-8 lead after the first quarter. LHS came back and out-scored the Tigers 14-11 in the second, but trailed 27-22. Tyser scored 13 in the third, as Laramie had a big quarter and out-scored Rock Springs 18-8 in the frame for a 40-35 lead. The Plainsmen struggled in the fourth, as the Tigers rallied for a two-point victory. Rock Springs out-did LHS 14-7 in the final quarter.
The Plainsmen had the ball with 10 seconds left, but couldn’t tie it or win it.
Laramie (1-1) will face Green River at 3 p.m. from Riverton Middle School.