It’s the last big road trip of the season for Laramie High School’s basketball teams, as they head to Gillette for two games this weekend.

Laramie takes on the Gillette Camels Friday night and the Thunder Basin Bolts Saturday afternoon.

The girls’ varsity games are set for 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. The boys’ varsity games are at 7:30 and 2:30 p.m., respectively.

Laramie Lady Plainsmen

The Laramie girls have a tough weekend ahead, as they face the No. 5 Camels and top-ranked Bolts in back-to-back games.

The Lady Plainsmen have lost seven straight and sit at 3-10 on the season.

Head coach Rod Tyson is encouraged by his team’s progress but realizes this weekend presents some tough challenges.

“I see the same old Gillette’s. They’re going to press, they’re tough, they can shoot, they rebound, they pass well, and they’re going to get after you the whole game. I think it’ll be a good test for us to see if we really have improved if we can stay in the game and have a shot at being successful.

Gillette comes into the weekend with a 6-6 record, while Thunder Basin is 13-1.

Laramie Plainsmen

Coming off a road win last week, the Plainsmen are looking to string things together as they take on the Camels and fifth-ranked Bolts on two consecutive days in the Razor City.

Laramie stands at 7-6 this season after last Friday’s victory at Cheyenne South.

The Camels are 8-6 overall but are without two injured players in Jefferson Neary and Cade Olson. Thunder Basin is 8-5 on the year.

Plainsmen head coach Travis Brown says I don’t see much change in the two programs.

“They love to shoot. I don’t know if there’s always a Hladky on the court (for Gillette), but it seems like there’s always a Hladky out there (referencing Luke Hladky). I think he’s shot more three’s than anybody else in the conference so far, so he’s not Trey (his older brother – graduated) yet, but the key word there is yet. He’s aspiring to probably pass his brother as some point. Then the Bolts, they come from the same cloth. They’re a very disciplined team. They’re well coached, so it should be a lot of fun. Anytime you go up there, it’s a crap shoot a little bit about just your energy and some other things. It’s a long road trip, so hopefully, we can bring the energy and find some success.”

Both Laramie coaches said these games are important since you’ll see these teams at the Regional tournament that starts later this month.

Broadcast Coverage

KOWB (AM 1290) radio will air all four games live this weekend. Coverage on Friday starts at 5:30 p.m. The broadcast Saturday begins at 12:30 p.m. David Settle will call the action. You can listen on the radio, online, through the KOWB App or any Amazon Alexa-enabled device.