The Rattlers’ Caelee Criswell, left, dribbles around her opponent Jan. 28 in Baggs, Wyo. The Little Snake River Valley School (Wyo.) girls varsity basketball team has lost only two games this season and wins in their final four games will assure them the number one seed in the 1A West Regional Tournament on Feb. 24.

Garrett Fevinger, Rawlins (Wyo.) Daily Times

The Rattlers’ Caelee Criswell, left, dribbles around her opponent Jan. 28 in Baggs, Wyo. The Little Snake River Valley School (Wyo.) girls varsity basketball team has lost only two games this season and wins in their final four games will assure them the number one seed in the 1A West Regional Tournament on Feb. 24.

LSRV girls basketball team has sights set on state title

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Remaining regular season schedule for the Little Snake River Valley School (Wyo.) girls varsity basketball team:

• Friday — Encampment at LSRV

• Saturday — at Hanna

• Feb. 17 — at Hayden

• Feb. 19 — Saratoga at LSRV

Last season, the Little Snake River Valley School (Wyo.) girls varsity basketball team entered the 1A West Regional Tournament as the number one seed.

The Rattlers path to the top seed included a coin toss with fellow Three Trails Conference team Cokeville.

The Rattlers won the toss.

However, LSRV lost in the second round and eventually took fourth in the tournament, an experience head coach Jodi Stanley said has pushed her team this year.

“We learned the hard way last year that the best team doesn’t always win,” she said. “Our goal this year is to be the number one seed outright.”

Not only are the Rattlers currently the number one seed in the west region, they are the top ranked team in the Wyoming 1A division with a 16-2 record and four regular season games remaining.

Stanley said her team hasn’t lost since December, a fact she attributes to experience.

“We lost to Shoshoni (Wyo.) and Meeteetse (Wyo.) in the first two weeks of the season when our team was still figuring out their game,” she said. “Now, we have six girls with varsity experience and we haven’t lost since.”

The team started with 21 players in the beginning of the season, but is down to 18 after girls moved away from the school.

Stanley said her team is battle tested this year.

“Cokeville, which is probably the second best team in our conference, we only beat them by one in our first match-up,” she said. “We played them last week at their place and beat them by 10, something our senior girls haven’t done in their high school career.”

Going undefeated in the Three Trails Conference was a preseason goal, Stanley said.

With wins at home against Encampment on Friday and on the road at Hanna on Saturday, both teams the Rattlers have beaten this season, the Rattlers will accomplish their goal.

“As a team, we feel we are the number one team at this point,” Stanley said. “I think the sign of a good team is to go on the road and make adjustments to win, and we have done that.”

With a strong starting rotation and contributors off the bench, the Rattlers have been able to keep the focus off an individual and on the team.

Seniors Kelsey Kazmar and Cora Foster lead the squad, and juniors Morgan Wille, Caelee Criswell and Shelby McKee round out the starting five.

“One of the reasons we have had success is because we don’t have just one person that dominates, we have a team,” Stanley said. “We have more maturity and less injuries than years past.”

Feb. 24 will mark the start of this year’s 1A West Regional Tournament.

Stanley said this might just be the year her squad wins it all.

“We have more experience and a lot weapons,” she said. “I know no one will want to see us in the regional or state tournament.”

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