Cheyenne/Reydon has a chance to do something it hasn't done in 26 years -- win a state championship.
Cheyenne defeated Kiowa 65-56 Friday night at State Fair Arena to advance to the Class A state title game against top-ranked Okarche.
The Lady Bears won three straight state championships from 1985-1987.“It's been a long time,” Cheyenne coach Brad Thrash said. “This group of girls worked hard all year and we talked about getting here, but it's a long road.”
Cheyenne's victory over Kiowa sets up a rematch as the Lady Bears defeated Okarche 41-40 in the area tournament finals last week.
“They are the best team in our class,” Thrash said. “We beat them a week ago and they probably looked past us. They probably want some revenge but we will come play as hard as we can and let the chips fall.”
Cheyenne (25-6) defeated Okarche in the area finals on a last-second layup by Taylor Swisher.
“It will be a good game,” Cheyenne senior Tana Craven said of the 5:30 p.m. rematch at State Fair Arena. “It just depends on who shows up to play.”
Against Kiowa, Cheyenne led 31-26 at halftime then dominated the second half, leading by as many as 17 points.
No. 7 Cheyenne had three players in double figures, led by Craven with 19 points.
“She played great,” Thrash said. “She was real consistent tonight. She scored well from both inside and outside. She kind of set the tone for us.”
Morgan Latta had 12 points for Cheyenne, and Keisha Drouhad added 12.
No. 4 Kiowa (23-8) was led by Addy Clift with 21 points.