The Plainsmen won for the fourth time in their last five games and moved above .500 record-wise for the first time since they won their season-opener last month.

Laramie never trailed and beat Rawlins 62-42 Friday night at home. Hudda Herrera led the way with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

Head coach Travis Brown said we’re getting better each game on the offensive end.

“We’re starting to see opening’s and cuts, and kids are being willing passers, which is huge. We get a lot of second efforts, willing to work on that glass… They’re a gritty, gutsy group.”

Laramie (5-4) also got 13 points from Will Tyser and 10 from Christian Mickelson. The Plainsmen shot 50 percent from the field and made nine 3-pointers. They also enjoyed a 44-24 rebounding edge.

LHS never trailed, as they started the game on a 16-2 run. Three-pointers from Tyser, Mickelson, Brady Epler, and Bridger Bleak helped the fast start. Laramie led 33-19 at halftime. The lead reached 27 points in the third quarter, and Rawlins didn’t get closer than 17 points the rest of the game.

Brown also praised his team’s defensive effort.

“I thought our energy level was high. We didn’t execute great against the press, at times, but we play hard and never gave up, and truthfully just tried to keep that pressure on them all game.”

Rawlins (6-4) shot only 32 percent from the floor. Gabe Murry led the Outlaws with 18 points.  They were 0-10 from beyond the arc.

Laramie plays its final non-conference game Saturday at Rock Springs. The game is at 3:30 p.m.

Laramie Lady Plainsmen

Laramie lost its third straight close game with a 44-39 setback to the Rawlins Outlaws.

Rawlins jumped out to a 14-5 lead and never trailed until the final period. A Kylee Cox three-pointer finally gave LHS an advantage against the Outlaws. The lead changed hands six times, while it was tied twice.

Olyvia Pacecho scored eight points in the fourth quarter, which included a key three-pointer that made it a two-possession game. Laramie never regained the lead and lost by five.

It was the third consecutive game decided by six points or less for the Lady Plainsmen.

Head coach Rod Tyson admitted his squad had a poor start.

“We continue to turn the ball over way too much, and then we aren’t being very smart down the stretch. Like I’ve said, that’s some of those things we can fix, but it’s still a problem, and we’ve got to continue to work on it.”

Jennifer Aadland led LHS with 19 points and eight rebounds. The Lady Plainsmen shot only 30 percent in the game.

Pacheco and Brooklyn Arnold 14 points apiece for Rawlins (6-4). The Outlaws shot 41 percent from the field.

Tyson added about their struggles down the stretch again, “I need them to start getting better and be more like veterans now. We’ve got, what, nine games under our belt. We gotta get better at that.”

Laramie plays its final non-league game Saturday in Rock Springs. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.

Broadcast Coverage

There will no radio, KOWB stream, or KOWB app coverage of Saturday’s games. The only way to listen is through a streaming-only third-party service at www.network1sports.com/station/kowbnet. David Settle will call the action with the streaming starting at 1:30 p.m.