Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- The Battle for Southeastern Wyoming supremacy is nigh.
Pine Bluffs will travel to Burns in a 2A basketball game with divisional implications.
The Hornets are 7-5 and 2-1 in the Southeast Division and Burns is 8-4 and 2-1.
"We're excited for it, it's a game we look forward to every year," said Pine Bluffs Head Coach Will Gray. "It's a fun game, it's a great atmosphere in both gyms. We're gonna go have some fun."
This game will come down to the resolution of two main issues:
1. Will Pine Bluffs be able to overcome a lack of experience?
2. Who will win the battle down low?
Pine Bluffs only has one senior on its team. Burns will start four seniors.
What the Hornets do have is a 6'8" freshman who is proving to be one of the top basketball players in the state.
Hunter Thompson can play any position on the floor and has range that extends out beyond the arc.
Friday night's game will put him to the test.
Burns has its own force on the inside and he outweighs Thompson by more than 30 pounds.
"He's a really good player,"said 6'5" 250lbs senior for Burns Travis Romsa. "I just have to be physical with him and rebound hard and not let him get in the paint."
Thompson knows he will be put to the test.
"I'm expecting to get beat the crap out of basically," Thompson said. "I'm expecting for a physical game. Hopefully the refs will let us play, because I know Travis is big and so is Wyatt and I think Scott and I have a good workout coming up for us."
The match up definitely favors the more experienced Broncs, winners of four of their last six games, but rivalry games are one of the great equalizers in sports.
This particular rivalry is even more interesting when you note that the two