The Laramie Girls varsity basketball team had two big games versus Cheyenne East and Cheyenne Central on February 14th and 15th coming up short once again but clearly improving.

Thursday, February 14th the varsity girls lost to Cheyenne East 53-48.  Kylee Cox gave the Lady Plainsmen a shot at a comeback when she shot a 3-pointer and a lay-up to put them within three points.  Cox had scored eight of her 10 points in the fourth quarter.

The fourth-place Laramie girls were unable to secure a win even with Jennifer Aadland’s game-high of 25 points. “[Coach] Tyson has prepared us well to play and compete with any team. We focus less on what team is in front of us versus just playing our game,” Aadland said.

Friday, February 15th the varsity girls lost in a close game at Central Fieldhouse 48-46. After many ties and lead changes throughout, Aadland and freshman Janey Adair pulled the Lady Plainsmen within two points in the final minute. Both teams pressured well with Central leading 26-25 at the half.

Sophomores Cox and DaiJane Giron added nine and seven points for Laramie.

“Central is another good team but if we play the way I know we can we can definitely win. I think that we just need to start fast and play all four quarters. I believe we can get that dub on Friday against Central we just have to be on our game,” Giron said.

Even with Laramie’s lead early in the second quarter and Aadland’s game-high 20 points, the Indians proved too much to handle. Central led to start the fourth quarter and increased the margin to seven points with 6:23 left in the game.

Laramie capitalized on two made free-throws and a lay-up from senior Lauren Sylvestre with just seconds left in the game.

The Lady Plainsmen’s improvement is visible when compared to their loss on January 18th to Central with a score of 45-37. “I feel like everyone has improved in different ways,” Giron said.

The Lady Plainsmen took two wins February 8th and 9th verses Natrona County and Sheridan. “These wins will definitely help our attitudes going into this week because now we know we can win, we just have to put it all together, and we know what works now so hopefully we can just carry that into these two big games this week,” Giron said.

Last Friday the Lady Plainsmen played their final game at home versus Cheyenne South. Aadland, Sylvestre, and Audrey Rivers were recognized before the game for Senior Night.

“I think there’s gonna be a lot of emotions for the seniors and me because it will be our last home game in our home gym. I really hope we can get a win, that would feel great on senior night,” Aadland said.

The Lady Plainsmen look towards Regionals starting this Thursday.  “If we get this win Thursday not only will it be a great confidence booster but it could help us get a better seeding for regionals,” Aadland said.