South High School Preps For Regional Tournament

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- The 4A East Regional basketball tournament tips off on Thursday.

All games will be played at South High School, it's the first time the school has hosted this type of a tournament.

"We're very fortunate we have got into that rotation and now after four years we've got the 4A East Regional Basketball tournament," Athletic Director Scott Noble said. "Twelve teams are coming into Cheyenne South, and anytime you can play at home that's a great advantage."

First round games are important. The winner is in to the State Tournament and the loser's season is over.

The boys from South are looking for their second consecutive trip to the state tournament and will play their first game against Laramie at 5:30 PM on Thursday in front of a home crowd that always comes out to support its team.

"This Thursday we play Laramie it's make or break," said senior guard Khyler Cummings. "It's either we go or we don't and we gotta, the team needs to stay focused. We need to come ready and prepared for Laramie and we gotta make it to state."

The Bison finished the regular season 7-16 overall and 3-7 in conference play.

Cummings has been a huge part of that success. He finished the regular season 4th in 4A in scoring at 16.1 points per game.

It's his defensive performance that Cummings takes the most pride in, he lead 4A in steals, with 2.9 steals per game.

Head coach Jim Schaeffer knows that post season play is the true metric of months of preparation.

"We played 50 games in the summer we have open gym all fall, 23 games, 62 practices whatever it is, I mean there's a lot riding on it and it's an important basketball game for us," Schaeffer said.

The Lady Bison tip off the regional tournament as soon as the boys game is done against Gillette around 7 PM.

A win in that game would send them to their first ever state tournament.

Glen Kirkbride, Lady Bison head coach said that playing in front of a home crowd is important to his team's success.

"That's big, we play pretty well here at home and so it's exciting," Kirkbride said. "It's a beautiful location for it, I think it's a good situation for us and for the entire conference."

Dani Noble has been the team's one stop highlight machine all year.

The junior finished the regular season second in scoring in 4A at 14.0 points per game.

"We play Gillette at 7, it's gonna be an interesting game," Noble said. "We're gonna hopefully pull off a win and get to state for the first time,
I'm pretty excited."


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