2022 1A/2A Wyoming High School Girls State Basketball Semifinal Recap
Four teams that have been at or near the top of 1A and 2A girls' basketball all season will meet in the state championships games on Saturday.
Southeast has won four titles in school history and looking for their first since 2008.
Rocky Mountain has one championship on their resume and that was back in 1993.
Upton's been in two title games, including last year's but has never won one. Moorcroft is making its first-ever appearance in a championship game.
The 2A title game is at 3:30 p.m., while the 1A final is at 6:30 p.m.
The championship information is courtesy of wyoming-basketball.com.
There was a lot of great action in 1A/2A girls' basketball, let us recap the semifinal games.
1A GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMIFINAL GAMES
Southeast 43 Burlington 20
The Cyclones dominated the game from the start, leading by ten after the first quarter. They outrebounded the Huskies by seven with a total of 34 in the game. Another contributing factor was points off the bench, Southeast had 12, while Burlington had none.
Brenna Herring led the team in points, 14, and rebounds, eight. She went six of seven from the field. Kealy Carson and Baylie Booth were the only other Cyclones in double figures, with ten apiece. Carson also had seven rebounds. Grace Desmond had seven assists to lead the team.
The Cyclones shot 42.9 percent from the field and 54.3 percent from the three-point arc.
For the Huskies, Jessie Michaels and Victoria Nelson led the team with 8 points apiece. Julia Nelson led the team in rebounds with five.
Burlington shot 20 percent in total field goals and 11.1 percent from three.
Upton 46 Cokeville 42
This game went down to the wire. The teams were tied with three minutes left in the game before the Bobcats took down the three-time defending champion Panthers.
Upton made the game-winning shot with four seconds left. At the other end of the floor, the Bobcats secured a loose ball and got fouled by Cokeville. Brooklyn Materi sealed the win with a pair of free throws.
The Bobcats earned the victory by crashing the boards with 40 total rebounds. They had three players in double figures. Jerrica Caylor scored 12, Brooklyn Materi had 11, and Paige Timberman added ten points. Timberman completed the double-double with 10 boards as well. Caylor added five steals in the game. Upton shot 36 percent from the field.
The Cokeville Panthers also had three in double figures. Emmie Barnes and Dakota Bethers scored 12 points apiece. Kylee Dayton added 11. Barnes led the team in rebounds with five. She also had seven steals in the game. The Panthers were just 30 percent from the floor.
2A GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMIFINAL GAMES
Moorcroft 55 Wyoming Indian 34
The Wolves earned their first trip to the title game in school history after knocking out the three-time defending champion Chiefs.
Moorcroft got 25 points off 26 turnovers by Wyoming Indian. They also dominated at the free-throw line, getting 20 points compared to the Chiefs' nine.
Kyanna Petz had 18 points to pace the Wolves. Talissa Fischbach scored 16, and Kailee Gill had ten. Petz also led the team in rebounds with seven, as a team, they had 37 total. The Wolves had only ten turnovers in the game. Moorcroft shot 29.
Wyoming Indian was led by Inez Harris with 16 points, the only Chief in double figures. Dezireen C'Hair led the team with eight rebounds. They also did well on the boards with 36 total rebounds.
Wyoming Indian shot a similar 28.9 percent in total field goals, 10 percent from the arc.
Rocky Mountain 35 Sundance 32
A defensive stand in the seconds put the Grizzlies into the state championship on Saturday.
These teams were tied with one minute left in the game. Then, Rocky Mountain made three free throws in that minute that clinched it.
Sundance set up a game-tying shot with seven seconds left, but solid defense by the Grizzlies prevented a clear look at the basket. The Bulldogs got a shot off but it fell short and into the hands of Victoria Arnold, who dribbled out the clock for Rocky Mountain.
Josey Steed and Arnold led the way for the Grizzles with 12 and ten points, respectively. Both had five rebounds as well. Rocky Mountain scored 22 points off of 19 Bulldog turnovers. They shot 32 percent in the game.
Sundance got 11 points from Bailey Hofland. Cana McInerney had a game-high ten rebounds. The Bulldogs outrebounded Rocky Mountain, 32-to-27. They also had more second-chance points with 14. Sundance kept in the game at the free-throw line. They made 76 percent, going 19 out of 25. The Bulldogs struggled from the floor and shot just 20 percent.