LARAMIE – The clock had all zeros on it at the end of overtime, but a foul was called and Cheyenne South senior guard Andraya Dimas was at the line and missed the first free throw.
But South girls basketball coach Chad DeBruyn wasn’t worried a bit.
“Game over. She’s a senior,” he said.
And Dimas, with nobody on either side of her calmly made the second to give the Lady Bison a thrilling 61-60 win against Laramie on Friday night at Plainsmen Gym.
Dimas also had an offensive rebound and put-back with less than a second left in regulation to send the game to the extra 4 minutes of overitme.
It was the last regular season game for both teams as South improved to 8-9 overall and 3-3 in the Class 4A Southeast Quadrant. Laramie dropped to 7-11 and 1-5.
Laramie fought back from being down by as much as nine points early in the second quarter as South jumped out a 17-8 lead. The Lady Plainsmen chipped away to close the gap to three points at 27-24 at halftime.
The Plainsmen also had big 3-pointers from Lily Meyen and Kylee Cox in the third quarter, with the latter giving Laramie a 35-32 with just more than 3 minutes left in the game. From then on the lead changed or the game was tied several times throughout with Laramie in good position to win the game late in regulation and overtime.
“I’m not too pumped about that, but what do you do?” Laramie coach Nick Darling said about the final free throws for Dimas. “We put ourselves in a real funky situation with many opportunities to win the game, execute and play better. We shouldn’t have been in that spot.
“The effort was fantastic from the girls. All I can ask is for them to play with effort and as a team, and they did that.”
South senior forward Riley VanTassell and Laramie’s Kaya Vasquez battled each other in the paint throughout the entire game.
VanTassell had a game-high 23 points.
“She’s been a four-year starter for us and she just keeps grinding and battling,” DeBruyn said. “We rebounded the ball really well, and it starts with her, especially on the offensive glass. Also (senior) Reyna Tovar (14 points) had the best game of her career and we sure needed it.”
Vasquez led the Plainsmen with 18 points, followed Cox’s 12 points and Meyen’s nine.
“Early on as a coach I was a little frustrated with (Vasquez’s) her effort,” Darling said. “We talked, and she turned it around big time and her effort was fantastic after that.”
South’s senior point guard Jaya Brown was lost for the season during the Bison’s previous game against East. DeBruyn had her take her normal start, took a 5-second call on the inbounds, and subbed sophomore Janiah Wright into the game to take her place. Brown, with her right hand in a wrap left the court with a standing ovation from everyone in the gym.
“That was a nice way for her to end as opposed to coming off an injury and surgery,” DeBruyn said. “It took me a couple of minutes after that to collect myself. It was emotional.”
SOUTH 61, LARAMIE 60, OT
Cheyenne South............... 14 13 13 14 7 – 61
Laramie.............................. 8 16 16 14 6 – 60
Cheyenne South: Ramirez 3, Deibert 0, Van Tassell 23, Dimas 11, Garcia 0, Brown 0, Tovar 14, Harlan 6, Cahill 2, Wright 0, Halverson 2
Laramie: Adair 6, Meyen 9, Vasquez 18, Giron 0, Forry 6, Cox 12, Dorrell 4, Garder 0, Shipman 5, Bluemel 5.