It was a perfect weekend for the two Laramie High School basketball teams. LHS took care of Jackson and Newcastle last Friday and Saturday.

The Laramie girls improved to 3-1 on the season, while the Plainsmen won their first two games played.

Laramie Girls

On Friday in Green River, Laramie defeated Jackson 56-32. They jumped on the Broncs from the start and out-scored them 22-4 in the first quarter.

Freshman Addie Forry led the way with 14 points. Laramie got 31 points off its bench in the victory. LHS shot 39 percent in the game and held Jackson to 23.5 percent shooting.

Then on Saturday, Laramie held off Newcastle on Senior Day, 57-46. A four-point game at halftime turned into a 20-point lead by the end of the third quarter. LHS out-scored the Dogies, 21-5 in that period. The Lady Plainsmen made six 3-pointers in the quarter, which included four from senior Kylee Cox.

Laramie allowed 21 points to Newcastle in the fourth quarter but held on for the win. Cox scored a game-high 24 points and made six triples in the contest. DJ Giron added 10 points and 7 rebounds. LHS shot 37 percent from the field but 47 percent beyond the arc. They held the Dogies to 25 percent shooting for the game.

The 3-1 start is very impressive to Laramie coach Nick Darling.

“We’re better than I thought we were going to be at this point. Considering, I didn’t get that week before the season to really coach ‘em (due to quarantine). We’ve worked on the defenses a few times, but really their intensity has really helped them out. They’re all really intense, and they play as a team on defense, so that’s been great. Again, I’ve talked to you about his, I didn’t know what I was coming into, and the way they’ve all come together and really bonded is fantastic. That will just continue to keep them competitive in any game we play.”

The Lady Plainsmen are off from game action until Friday, Jan. 8, versus Kelly Walsh.

Laramie Boys

The Plainsmen made their season debut on Friday and blew out Jackson in Green River, 57-25. After a sluggish start, Laramie out-scored the Broncs 22-6 in the second quarter and never trailed in the season-opening victory.

Sophomore Jaedyn Brown led the way with 17 points, which included five 3-pointers. Eric Martinez scored 13 points off the bench, while Trey Enzi added 12 points.

On Saturday, LHS dominated Newcastle, 68-28. A fast start propelled the Plainsmen on Senior Day, as they jumped out to a 25-8 lead after the first quarter. In the second half, Laramie reached the running-clock thanks to a 40-point lead.

Ten of the 11 Plainsmen players that played scored in the game. Brown led LHS with 18 points.

Laramie has not allowed an opponent to score in double figures through the first eight quarters of the season. That is to the liking of head coach Jim Shaffer.

“We haven’t had great competition so far, but you’re doing something right, that’s for sure.”

Laramie has one more game before the holiday break. It’s one of their rescheduled games from earlier this month. On Tuesday night at home, they will play Green River.

Shaffer expects a much more difficult game.

“They scored 72 (points) against South and 70 against Campbell County so they can score the basketball. They play up-and-down. They play fast. They’ve got all their kids back from last year, and so it’s going to be a good test for us.”

The Plainsmen and Wolves tip-off at 6:30 p.m. at Laramie High School.

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