Major Challenges for Laramie Basketball to Begin Conference Play
Laramie welcomes No. 1 and No. 2 to town, as they begin 4A Southeast Conference Quadrant action Wednesday night against Cheyenne East.
The Lady Plainsmen face top-ranked East Lady T-Birds at 6 p.m. That’s followed by the Plainsmen taking on No. 2 East at 7:30 p.m.
Laramie (3-7) enters conference off a victory last Friday night at Rawlins, 50-33. That stopped a five-game skid for LHS.
Head coach Rod Tyson said it always feels good to win and gave his group a confidence boost.
“I was impressed by (the fact that) we had a lot of steals, we had probably too many turnovers than I would like, but some of the people that were committing a lot of turnovers, cut theirs down. We did some post moves, the rotation in our defense was better, and that was what we were looking for.”
Now the Lady Plainsmen face the No. 1 team and Tyson says he’s still looking for improvement.
“We know East will press like crazy, so if we can handle that a little bit better, that will get us prepared for further down the road, because Central���s (on Friday) going to do the same thing, so we’ve got to get better at that. Then, we have to have patience on offense and attack like we know we can play.”
Cheyenne East is 11-1 on the season. Their lone loss this season is to a team from New York.
Laramie (7-3) dropped their third straight last Friday against the 5th-ranked Outlaws in Rawlins, 63-46. The Plainsmen lost starting senior guard Noah Valdez indefinitely to an injury.
Head coach Jim Shaffer says it doesn’t matter if its conference or not they just need to play better.
“We lost Noah, and I don’t know if or when we’ll get him back. We’re having to make more adjustments and play some different guys and try to do some different things offensively, so we’re in the middle of just trying to get ready to play.”
The second-ranked Thunderbirds come calling. Shaffer knows this is a talented team.
“You got the two McCords, you’ve got the Buell kid, they’re just really athletic, really smart, get after it. Aumiller’s really good. The guy I thought might have been a little suspect is the Rayl kid, and he really looked great watching him on film. They’ve got five really good players and our work’s cut out for us.”
Cheyenne East is 9-3 on the season. They’ve won six straight entering the game tonight.
KOWB (AM 1290) will air both games tonight. Coverage will start at 5:30 p.m. with David Settle.