Lady Plainsmen Get Key Win at Central, Plainsmen Fall Short
Laramie split their conference games at Cheyenne Central Thursday night, as the regular season winds down.
The Laramie Lady Plainsmen got 19 points from Jennifer Aadland and 16 from Lexi Pulley in a 51-41 victory.
Head coach Laura Pollard said a huge key in the victory was with Jen and Lexi in foul trouble early on, their bench players came through.
“Having the composure to do that (go to our bench), that’s what we need this time of year. Early in the season, it was really hard to sub in that situation.”
Laramie (10-13, 5-6) took the lead for good in the second quarter. They built their advantage to 36-24 in the third. Central rallied and pulled within four in the fourth, but LHS pulled away with free throws.
The Lady Plainsmen shot 37 percent for the game. They made six 3-pointers, but were only 11-25 (44%) at the foul line.
Cheyenne Central (10-13, 3-8) was held to 25 percent shooting from the field. They made only one three in the game. Sammy Geyer led the Indians with a game-high 20 points.
Laramie will host No. 4 Cheyenne East at 5:30 p.m. Friday to conclude the regular season. It’s also Senior Night. Their four seniors will be recognized in a ceremony prior to the game. Various prizes are being given away for the last home game, including a Swedish massage during the girls’ game.
A big second half helped the No. 4 Cheyenne Central Indians rally and beat Laramie 82-71 last night in the Capital City.
Central scored 52 points in the second half. They shot 51 percent in the last 16 minutes of action, which included their all seven of their 3-pointers.
The Plainsmen rallied and tied it twice in the fourth quarter, including 68-68, but the Indians out-scored LHS 14-3 down the stretch.
Head coach Travis Brown was pleased with the fight his team showed throughout the game.
“I’m so proud of our guys, they battled all night long. Those guys were big. We were undersized. They gave it all they had, and unfortunately, we just kind of fell on the short end. We were fouling at the end, so to me this is probably about a three possession game.”
Laramie (10-13, 4-7) shot 44 percent in the game. Chad Browning led four Plainsmen in double figures with 22 points. LHS did make 11 three’s, which included three apiece from Nate Burman and Will Tyser.
After the game was tied three times, and there were three lead changes early, Laramie had a 21-17 lead. It grew to ten points twice in the second quarter, and it was 37-30 Plainsmen at half. The Indians came out on fire and scored 30 points in the third quarter and took the lead for good.
Central (12-10, 7-4) was led by Riley Fraley’s career-high 30 points. They shot 46 percent for the game and enjoyed a 44-32 edge in rebounding.
Laramie returns home to face No. 2 Cheyenne East at 7 p.m. Friday. Their six-member senior class will be honored prior to the game. There will also be pizza and various prize available during the boys’ game, as well.