A loss in the Class A girls state championship basketball game last season only left Cheyenne/Reydon wanting more this year.
But after a loss in Friday’s area championship game to No. 7-ranked Seiling, the Bears have to navigate a tougher side of the bracket starting with No. 6 Sterling on Thursday.
“We got close last year and we thought we had a chance this year, and we still think we have a chance, but we’ve got to go play good,” Cheyenne/Reydon coach Brad Thrash said. “I think everybody there can win it. I think it’s probably the most even state tournament ever. There’s not anybody who is going to dominate and walk through it.”
The Bears have been dealing with the injury bug, notably a knee injury to point guard Morgan Latta. She missed nearly three weeks with the injury but returned last week.
She might be a step slower, but Thrash said opponents are unlikely to notice.
“She’s still going to look fast to everybody else,” he said. “But to us, we know how fast she really is. She’s still pretty fast, even with this, but it slowed her down a little bit.”
If Latta can play at a high level and combine with forward Kate Sander, who had a triple-double in Saturday’s win over Vici, Thrash said the Bears still have a good chance to win the gold ball.
MARKS CARRIES SEILING
Since a loss to No. 1 Cheyenne/Reydon on Feb. 7, Seiling has caught fire.
It’s no coincidence that Morgan Marks has, too.
The 5-foot-10 senior forward has been the seventh-ranked Wildcats’ leading scorer the past two games, collecting 15 points and 16 rebounds in a 41-31 win over Vici in the regional championship game.
“She’s big just for the fact that we’re not a team that’s got a lot of size,” Seiling coach Brady Hamar said. “She’s our tallest girls and has the ability to go in there and bang with the big girls. She’s just got to do that for us to have the opportunity to be in games with those teams that have the big girls in them.”