The Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School boys and girls varsity basketball teams advanced through the first round of the 1A state playoffs Thursday in Casper, Wyo. The girls team used a strong offensive attack to jump out to a 19-2 lead after the first quarter en route to a 66-32 victory over Hulett, while the boys team had no problems in a 74-40 victory over Midwest. The girls play at 4:30 p.m. today and the boys at 7:30 p.m.

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The Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School boys and girls varsity basketball teams advanced through the first round of the 1A state playoffs Thursday in Casper, Wyo. The girls team used a strong offensive attack to jump out to a 19-2 lead after the first quarter en route to a 66-32 victory over Hulett, while the boys team had no problems in a 74-40 victory over Midwest. The girls play at 4:30 p.m. today and the boys at 7:30 p.m.

LSRV basketball teams cruise through 1st round of state playoffs

Results ...

Box score from the Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School girls varsity basketball team’s game Thursday against Hulett in the first round of the 1A state playoffs in Casper, Wyo.:

(1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

• LSRV — 19 — 14 — 19 — 14 — 66

• Hulett — 2 — 14 — 7 — 9 — 32

LSRV girls leading scorers:

• Morgan Wille — 18

• Lydia Skalberg — 14

• Taylor Kaisler — 9

Results ...

Box score from the Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School boys varsity basketball team’s game Thursday against Midwest in the first round of the 1A state playoffs in Casper, Wyo.:

(1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

• LSRV — 16 — 18 — 18 — 22 — 74

• Midwest — 2 — 2 — 21 — 15 — 40

LSRV boys leading scorers:

• Daniel Wille — 19

• Miles Englehart — 14

• Rex Stanley — 14

Jodi Stanley wanted the Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School girls varsity basketball team to get out to a fast start in its first-round playoff match-up with Hulett.

In a rare early morning game — the contest tipped off at 9 a.m. in Casper, Wyo. — Stanley, the girls head coach, said a fast start would ensure the Rattlers wouldn’t have a let down later in the game.

The Rattlers did just that, jumping out to a 19-2 lead after the first quarter, then using a consistent offense en route to a 66-32 victory.

“We had a great start in the first quarter and never really looked back,” Stanley said. “It was nice to get the first game out of the way, and I thought we played pretty well.”

The Rattlers (26-0) held Hulett under double-digit points in all but the second quarter.

Stanley said the main concern for her team was to contain Hulett’s star guard.

“I don’t think Hulett could really match our speed, but they have one really good player and we knew we had to keep her contained,” she said. “We held her to 10 points and didn’t let her go on a scoring run. Our defense did a good job of containing their whole team offensively.”

Senior Morgan Wille led the Rattlers’ attack with 18 points, sophomore Lydia Skalberg scored 14 and junior Taylor Kaisler added nine.

While the Rattlers shot well from the field — 51 percent as a team — Stanley said Wille filled her leadership role, taking over when needed.

“Morgan came out and caused all kinds of problems on defense, but she shot really well on offense too,” she said. “A lot of her points come off lay-ups, but she can create by driving in if she needs to.”

The Rattlers play Farson-Eden in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. today for a spot in Saturday’s championship game.

LSRV boys basketball rides senior leadership to 74-40 victory

Midwest scored the first bucket of its first-round playoff match-up against the LSRV boys varsity basketball team along with dropping the final points of the second quarter.

But Midwest didn’t score anything in between Thursday.

The Rattlers had a 34-4 lead heading into halftime and cruised to a 74-40 victory to advance to the semifinals of the state playoffs.

“We were able to hold a high school team to four points in the first half,” head coach Paul Prestrud said. “They missed some shots, but we pressed them from the beginning and we turned their turnovers into easy lay-ups.”

The Rattlers’ three seniors — Miles Englehart, Rex Stanley and Daniel Wille — led the way, Prestrud said.

Wille scored 19 points and Englehart and Stanley each had 14.

Prestrud said the seniors’ leadership made the team better overall.

“I’ve said for the past two years that these three kids are kind of expected to do great, and if they don’t we would think something was the matter with them,” he said. “They’ve been here before and they have no fear. The just go out and compete and they love the game of basketball and make it easy to do my job.”

Offensively, eight of the Rattlers’ 12 players scored, with everyone getting playing time.

LSRV shot 45 percent from the field, including sinking seven 3-pointers, and 81 percent from the free throw line.

“Our offense clicked and the sets we ran worked to get some good shots,” Prestrud said. “We played well overall and I think we got the first-game jitters out of the way.”

The Rattlers (26-0) battle Ten Sleep at 7:30 p.m. today in the semifinals.

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