South Teams Win All 3 Wyoming Coaches Association All-Star Games in Casper
The return of the Wyoming Coaches Association All-Star Games saw the South sweep the North at Casper College on Saturday.
The South Team won volleyball, girls’ basketball, and boys’ basketball.
The South volleyball squad rolled past the North, 4-1. The South won the first three sets for the victory. In these all-star games, they play through the five sets. The North captured set four, but the South made it a convincing victory with a win in set five.
The scores of the match were 25-16, 25-21, 25-16, 13-25, and 15-9 in favor of the South all-stars.
No official match stats were available.
In the girls’ basketball game, Allyson Fertig from Douglas scored a game-high 25 points as the South topped the North, 66-51.
After a couple of early lead changes, the South took a 16-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. They extended it to 37-22 at halftime. The North rallied in the third quarter, as they cut the South lead to 49-40. The South pulled away for the 15-point victory.
Angela Astorga added 13 points for the South. She was an alternate on the roster that was called into play last Monday night.
The North Team was led by Sydney Solem from Thunder Basin in Gillette. She scored 13 points. Worland’s Darla Hernandez added nine points.
The best all-star game of the day was saved for last. In overtime, the South beat the North in boys’ basketball, 97-96.
Cheyenne Central’s Brady Storebo made the game-winning basket for the South with 7.6 seconds left on a baseline out-of-bounds play. Storebo got the feed from Cheyenne East’s Jake Rayl on a cut down the right side of the lane and made the lay-up around a couple of defenders.
The North had a chance for the win, but Luke Hladky’s (Campbell County) 3-pointer at the buzzer was no good.
The game was close from start to finish. There were several lead changes and ties.
Encampment’s Dalton Peterson scored a game-high 31 points to pace the South. Storebo scored 17 points, while Kolter Merritt of Star Valley added 13 points, and Rayl contributed 11 points.
Hladky led the North with 23 points. Worland’s Mack Page scored 13 points, while Worland’s Rudy Sanford added 12, and Lander’s Bryan St. Clair had 10 points.
The North held a slim 24-21 lead after the first quarter. The South pulled in front by halftime, 47-46. The game was tied at 72-72 after three-quarters of action.
In the fourth quarter, the North stretched its lead out to six points with just under three minutes remaining. Back came the South. They got a huge three from Saratoga’s Teegan Love with 40 seconds left. A turnover by the North gave the ball back to the South at midcourt. The South tied it on Rayl’s turnaround shot with about 10 seconds left in regulation. Campbell County’s Jefferson Neary missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer which sent the game into overtime.
These were the first WCA all-star games, put on by the Wyoming Coaches Foundation, since 2019. Last year’s games were canceled due to the pandemic.
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