CHEYENNE – Defensive pressure was stifling for the Cheyenne South girls Tuesday night.

The Lady Bison flustered Laramie early and often on their way to a 55-43 victory.

“We had a tough road trip in Gillette, and Monday was not a good practice,” South coach Chad DeBruyn said. “For them to come out and hammer a quadrant team after a tough road trip, that shows some toughness.”

South (5-8 overall, 1-2 Class 4A Southeast Quadrant) opened the game by going on a 9-2 run, holding that advantage midway through the first period. The pressure continued to bother the Lady Plainsmen and they only managed to put six first-quarter points on the board.

The Bison carried that early momentum into the second frame and Calysta Martinez gave South a 29-12 lead with a 3-pointer from the wing with just over 3 minutes to play in the first half when Kylee Cox responded with a 3 from Laramie.

“We’re still figuring out how to play with the players we have,” Laramie coach Nick Draling said. “Our chemistry is a little out of whack and coming out of our two week break we haven’t hit our stride in anyway offensively.”

Laramie (5-8, 0-1) went on a small run to close out the first half, but South still held a 37-23 lead going into the break.

Martinez snagged finished at the rim after snagging an offensive rebound following a missed free throw from Andraya Dimas to give South a 42-23 lead with 5 minutes, 42 seconds remaining in the third. The Lady Plainsmen went scoreless over the following three minutes before Ruby Dorrell knocked down a free throw – which was Laramie’s lone point of the third period.

“We wanted to slow them down with our half-court pressure and make them think a little more than they’d like to,” DeBruyn said. “And I thought it was pretty effective.”

Riley VanTassell was able to give South a 46-24 South lead with just under a minute to play in the third period and one more bucket put South ahead 48-24 heading into the final period.

Laramie’s Ondra Watson grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw from Janey Adair, got fouled and made her two free throws to cut South’s lead to 50-28, but the Bison continued with its pressure and secured its first conference win of the season.

It was refreshing for South to get a win, snapping a six-game losing streak.

“For our psyche and everything, we really needed this,” DeBruyn said. “It doesn’t get any easier from here on out, but these kids will battle.”


Laramie……. 6 17 1 19 – 43

Cheyenne South…… 16 21 11 7 – 55

Laramie: Watson 8, Adair 3, Gardner 2, Vasquez 10, Shipman 0, Forry 2, Cox 10, Giron 6, Dorrell 3.

Cheyenne South: Ramirez 0, Martinez 17, Deibert 0, Brown 4, Tovar 2, VanTassell 11, Palermo 0, Harlan 2, Dimas 18, Cahill 2.

Robert Munoz is a writer for WyoSports. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @rmunoz307.

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