A veteran Rock Springs girls’ basketball team wants to play more as a team and return to playing at the 4A state tournament in 2024.

The Tigers finished 2023 with an overall record of 9-14. They went 3-2 in conference quadrant action with one game canceled. At the 4A West Regional tournament, Rock Springs was 1-2 and failed to qualify for the state tournament for the second time in the last three seasons.

Eight players who were a part of last season’s regular rotation return to help Rock Springs. That includes a pair of 4A West All-Conference selections in Ella Brewster and Emma Asay. Brewster averaged 6.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. She led the Tigers at 1.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game. Asay was their leading scorer and rebounder at 9.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

WyoPreps spoke with Brewster and Asay on our preseason tour. The duo discussed how practice is going, some areas Coach Candelaria is focusing on early, what 4A girls’ basketball might be like this season, what they still need to get done before their first game, and more, including some fun items.

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Coach Candelaria was unavailable due to a prior commitment. He starts his ninth season at the helm of the program. The Tigers have qualified for the state tournament in six of the previous eight seasons.

Rock Springs opens the new season at the Gillette Early Bird Tournament against Thunder Basin, Buffalo, and Campbell County.

4A State Basketball Tournament: Day 2

4A State Basketball Tournament: Day 2

Gallery Credit: Frank Gambino

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