MVHS’ Haily Stephens heading to WWCC basketball

MVHS Lady Buff Haily Stephens will trade the purple and white for the red/black/white of the WWCC Mustangs in Rock Springs. PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Haily Stephens, MVHS Lady Buff basketball player, may have hung up her purple and white as she ends her high school career, but she will don the red/black/white of the WWCC Mustangs in the fall.

Stephens started her high school basketball career at the JV level her freshman year and vaulted to the varsity squad as a sophomore and racked up three years of varsity play as a starter. She was a four-year letter winner for the Buffalos and earned All-State honors her junior and senior seasons. Stephens was a three-time All-Conference selection.

Stephens recently signed her letter of intent for the Rock Springs college and will play for Mike Swenson at WWCC. Stephens said she is proud to be part of the Western Wyoming CC Mustangs Women’s Basketball program. The Mustangs went 3-26 last season.

“I had the pleasure of coaching Haily the last four years,” MVHS head coach Jessica Moretti said Monday morning. “Her freshman year at the JV level and then the last three years having her as a starter at the varsity level. Each year she proved to be a scorer and a play-maker.” Moretti was the MVHS Varsity team’s head coach the last three years.

Stephens’ senior year in basketball was a bitter-sweet year as it was for all players of the state. The MVHS Buffalos were headed to state with a strong team and odds looked like the team would not only impress, but would also be at the top. They were headed to state as the 3A West Regional Champs. But the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state tournament was cancelled before the Buffalos were able to play their first game. They received the news en route, around the Rawlins area, turned around and returned home.

Stephens was a top-scorer for the Buffalos as she led the team during the last three seasons. As a senior, she averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and two steals per game. Stephens ranked in the Top 10 of scoring in Class 3A in her sophomore, junior and senior years.

“Haily was always very capable of playing any position needed and truly became a great team leader for our program as she took on the point guard position her senior year,” Moretti added Monday morning.

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