Ear-to-ear smiles dominated every Lady Cat face. Their eyes were brightly lit. Adrenalin surged through their veins, further animating their wild movements.
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It’s crunch time, and the top-ranked, undefeated Lady Cats aren’t wasting any time aiming for the brass ring – a third (should be fourth, but we will get to that in a moment) state title in four years.
The Lady Cats’ defense once again paved the way to a shattering 76-32 win – this time against Newcastle – to cap a perfect 18-0 regular season.
After a blowout 72-22 win at home against Buffalo Feb. 18, the Lady Cats show no signs of slowing down as they prep for the regional tournament.
The Lady Cats seemingly show no signs of stopping their winning streak, blowing through Wheatland 77-42 Thursday before annihilating Torrington 85-43 Friday.
As the fourth quarter clock ticked down Friday, it was clear the home game against Rawlins would go into overtime after the Outlaws hit a three-pointer with eight seconds left.
Allyson Fertig towers above much of the Bearcat competition on the hardwood. She is, by most standards, a standout – and not just because of her height, but more because of her athleticism, personal code of ethics and team leadership.
Years of sharing the court together from a young age brings about a special bond when athletes spend months together at practices, tournaments on the road and a lengthy regular season schedule.
The Douglas boys basketball team (3-9) just missed winning its fourth game of the season, losing a 49-45 in a tightly contested matchup with the Torrington Trailblazers (4-5).
High expectations are the norm. When any time goes on a run as dominant as the Lady Cats, people take notice. With the team hitting the court for their first practice Nov. 25, everyone is back on the daily grind.
Haedyn Rhoades leaped into the arms of teammate Allyson Fertig, threw up the number one on her hand and let out an emphatic scream for everyone in the Casper Events Center to hear. Riley Seeds looked on from directly behind Fertig, a wide smile stretched across her face as she watched Rhoade…
Assistant coach Evan Helenbolt reminded the Douglas Bearcats at the end of Monday’s practice that they want to be peaking at the right time – the end of the season. There’s still 25 days and seven games separating the Cats (10-4,1-2) from the regional tournament and a possible trip back to Casper.
It’s no secret that Douglas and Buffalo became all too familiar with one another last season. The two teams faced each other on four separate occasions – twice during the regular season, once in the regional tournament and finally in the state championship game.
When the Douglas girls varsity basketball team knew they would be playing at the Energy Classic Invitational in Gillette Dec. 27-29, a tournament of national recognition, they wanted to push the junior varsity girls in practice.
After missing all of last season due to suspension, Tait Larson was elated to be back on the court with his teammates. His elation quickly turned to points as he helped lead the Bearcats to two wins this past weekend at the East/West Classic in Buffalo.
The main point of emphasis for first-year boys varsity basketball coach Chase Plumb is pretty simple: Construct a team that buys into the process and believes in what they’re trying to accomplish.
With 20 seconds left in the game, the starters came off the court. Tears of joy welled up in the eyes of athletes and coaching staff.
The anticipation of the crowd hung thick in the gym as the final seconds counted down, the Lady Cats behind Buffalo, 58-57.
The games on day three of Regionals get more physical and aggressive. Especially for those in the consolation bracket. Those teams that lost their first game are scrapping hard to stay in the competition.
Nothing brings the crowds to the court as much as hosting the regional tournament. This year is no different. Fans from around the state file into the Douglas gymnasium to watch their favorite teams scrap it out for those coveted tickets to the state tournament.
Seniors and their family parade across the court to the cheers of friends, family and fans before their last home game. A game that would keep everyone on the edge of their seats, and the first step to earning second seed in the quadrant.
Most teams can’t wait for those cycles of senior heavy teams with lots of experience on the court. It’s often equated with a successful season. But the undefeated Lady Cats have only one senior this year, Madison Hoopman.
Despite a rough set of pre-season losses, the Bearcats are optimistic for a turnaround as they develop into a cohesive team and gain some experience on the varsity court.