by Keith Kelley–12 Mar ’16
It was quite a scene at the Casper Events Center Friday night, as the Capital City will invade the Oil City Saturday night. Cheyenne Central will play Cheyenne South for the 4A boys state championship in Casper. Taking a look at how both semifinal games went:
Cheyenne South 66 Gillette 60
The Bison will play for the title for the first time ever, as they knocked off the top-ranked Camels by six. Up just two, Gillette had a chance to tie the game, but Kain Morehead missed a point-blank shot, South would get the rebound and hit two free throws to ice the game away. The Bison were led by Isaiah Dicks double-double, 25 points and 14 rebounds. Brendyn Nelson chipped in 13 points, and Keyshawn Farmer added ten points. South shot 52-percent from the field, and 14-18 from the free throw line. They are now 16-7 on the year.
Cheyenne Central 61 Casper Kelly Walsh 58
The Indians advanced to the championship game for the first time since 2006, when they lost to Cheyenne East. It was a back and forth first half, but Central took a one point lead to the break, 31-30. The Indians would open up an eight point lead in the third, and led 57-50 late in the fourth quarter. But the Trojans battled back, thanks to some big three-pointers, and they took advantage of some missed free throws by Central. With the game tied at 58, KW’s Cameron Carter, inexplicably fouled Dontel Ybarra, sending him to the line for two free throws. He made one, and on the next KW possession they would turn it over. Grant Storebo iced the game with a pair of free throws. The Indians shot 54-percent from the field, and 4-7 from three. Nicholas Fraley led the way with 15 points, while Ybarra had 12 and Storebo 11.
4A Girls semifinal
Gillette 58 Cheyenne East 46–the Lady Thunderbirds will play Sheridan in the 3rd place game Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
4A girls consolation bracket
Cheyenne Central 28 Evanston 21–the Lady Indians play Rock Springs in the 5th place game at 9 a.m.