CASPER — Lady Luck didn’t shine on the LHS Lady Eagles at Casper last weekend, but the Lady Eagles still walked out proving they were a power.
A power on the hardwood that had cornered an overall record this year of 22-6, with most of the losses at the hands of 4A teams. Last year the Lady Eagles entered the state tournament at the #3 seed with an overall record of 22-2. This year they walked onto the court at the state tournament touting the #1 West seed, having massed the wins throughout the season.
Things had looked good all year as the Lady Eagles knocked off their opponents and moved thorough the season.The top team all season in 3A had been rumored to be the Douglas Bearcats and proved they earned the recognition by taking the championship over the Eagles last Saturday in Casper, 56-41.
The two powerhouses met in the last game of the 3A girls tournament at the Casper Events Center last Saturday afternoon. The Lady Eagles were ready. The game was going to be a battle between the two teams.
Going into the championship game, Douglas was on track for a second consecutive state championship. The Bearcats had only lost one game over the course of two seasons, with one loss coming this season for an overall record of 26-1 and no conference losses
The Bearcats (26-1) have now won 52 consecutive games against 3A competition and back-to-back state championships.
The Lady Bearcats out-shot the Lady Eagles as Douglas up 48.7 percent from the field compared to Lyman’s 24.5 percent. And as expected, University of Wyoming signee McKinley Bradshaw was the leading scorer for the Lady Eagles (22-6), with 14 points.
Douglas scored the first five points of the second half and built a 17-point lead. The third quarter proved to be great defensive play by both teams as they kept the other team from scoring. Douglas put up nine points and Lyman put up two. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles were back on target and put 15 points on the board compared to 13 for Douglas, but the effort proved to be too little too late. as Douglas led by 15 at the end of the game, 56-41.