Laramie girls basketball drops game against No. 3 Campbell County

Feb. 4—The No. 5-ranked Laramie High girls basketball team dropped a game against No. 3 Campbell County 61-45 on Saturday at LHS.

The loss moved the Plainsmen to 10-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play. The Camels improved to 12-5 and 4-0.

The Plainsmen's disastrous start to the game saw them make one first-quarter field goal and six team fouls to put the Camels in the bonus. Campbell County went 6-of-7 from the free-throw line in the opening frame to pair with two 3-pointers.

"They switched a lot of the actions we prepared for," LHS coach Terrance Reese said. "That made us hesitate a little bit. They got us out of our flow on offense, and confused with switches on defense."

The Plainsmen's inability to score dug them a hole that was tough to crawl out of. Senior Addie Forry made the team's second field goal midway through the second quarter before getting Laramie into double-digit points with a 3-pointer on the team's following possession.

"Our spacing needs to be better," Forry said. "We did a lot of standing around, which didn't help, but we'll talk about it and practice this week to be better. We're always looking to apply new things."

Forry scored 11-of-14 points for LHS in the second quarter, including four free throws. The Camels seemed to answer each LHS basket with a bucket of their own. Reese took his second timeout of the frame, leading to a brief 4-0 run for Laramie to close out the half.

The second half wasn't any better for the Lady Plainsmen. Seven made 3-pointers broke the game open to give the Camels a 22-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

"We were kind of tired from last night's game," Forry said. "Playing late, then coming back for an early game is tough. We had our spots early where we struggled after the game last night."

Added Reese: "Kudos to them for their shooting performance. We have to do better with closeouts and keeping the ball in front of us. We have to make sure we're not leaving shooters open."

Over the final eight minutes, LHS played its best basketball of the day, holding the Camels to five points. Reese thought his team's effort over that span was the positive it will take from the game.

"We were able to support," Reese said. "We had spaced and got good shot opportunities. There were times where we would over dribble, but it's a two-way street.

"It's not just on the guards. It's also on our wings to get open, and for our post players to be effective in the post. It's a team thing, and we will focus in and improve on it."

LHS was led by Forry with 23 points, followed by senior Kylin Shipman with 10 as the only Plainsmen in double-digits. Senior Bella Yates and sophomore Samantha Mathews aided the team with four each.

Lauren Kuhbacher and Onna Castellanos led the Lady Camels with 16 points apiece. They were aided by Kaylie Neary with 11 and Cami Curtis with 12.

Laramie returns to the action on Friday against Natrona County in Casper.

CAMPBELL CO. 61, LARAMIE 45

Campbell County...... 14 19 23 5 — 61

Laramie...... 5 14 13 11 — 45

Campbell County: Neary 11, Curtis 12, Castellanos 16, Kuhbacher 16, Riedesel 1, Smith 6.

Laramie: Shipman 10, Yates 5, Moore 2, Forry 23, Mathews 5.

Austin Edmonds covers Laramie High, University of Wyoming and community athletics for WyoSports. He can be reached at aedmonds@wyosports.net. Follow him on X at @_austinedmonds.