Douglas’ Lady Bearcats Dynasty Continues With Their 5th Straight State Title

Published: Mar. 23, 2023 at 3:42 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The lady bearcats have ran girls 3a basketball for the past 5 seasons winning their fifth state title in a row.

They have made quite the dynasty for themselves, and going into the state tournament they were locked in.

“Once we in got our groove we started shooting well, we ran the floor well, we passed the ball, we did what we needed to do.”

“I’m just so focused. I think everybody was so focused. We were all super ready for that game. We’ve been preparing for a while.”

Although they came in as the favorites to win it, they definitely took their bumps. They lost in the regional championship to buffalo, and before that game Brooke wright dislocated her shoulder.

“Unfortunately, I couldn’t play the next day which was really hard for me just because I wanted to be out there more than anything. That championship day I did what I could from the bench and cheered on my team.”

Even with that injury, it didn’t stop her from playing in her final state tourney for Douglas.

“Once I got my adrenaline pumping, honestly I didn’t think much about it. I just knew in my head what I needed to get done so.”

They fought through their adversities, and as a sophomore Lauren Olsen provided 28 points in their state title win against Buffalo where they won 60-46. She sings nothing but praises for her teammates trust in her.

“It’s kind of home to me. I definitely live on the court on and off of games, so I think that it helps with me that I always have the ball in my hands. Having a point guard like brook and the like team mates that I do it’s just like, it comes to me and they help me with it, so it’s just really awesome.”

Coming into this year the lady bearcats had a much younger cast, and after losing some key players from last season, this team holds a special place for head coach Cody Helenbolt.

“The thing that was cool about this one was we were so young and had so many times throughout the season. We had learning opportunities where we had to do some things a little bit better. You know, one of... It’s hard to rank them, but it was one of the most rewarding years for sure.”

With number five in the books for them, Olsen believes with some hard work they could be looking at number six.

“Figuring that we have won for the past 5/6 years, so I just think staying humble, working hard, and giving it our all.”