March 5, 2012
Caelee Criswell, a Little Snake River Valley School (Wyo.) senior shown above in a game earlier this season, and the four other LSRV girls varsity basketball starters each scored in the first quarter to give the Rattlers an early 22-10 lead en route to a 53-38 victory over Cokeville in the 1A state championship game. The state title is the first for the Rattler girls since 2002.
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Last year, the Little Snake River Valley School (Wyo.) boys varsity basketball team got back to prominence, winning the 1A state title. This season was about staying on top, head coach Paul Prestrud said. The Rattlers went from November to March, never losing in 28 games, capped by a 70-59 victory Saturday over Burlington in Casper, Wyo., to capture their second consecutive state championship. “Last year was the first time in a while we won a title, so I think this year there was a little more pressure,” Prestrud said. “It was nice to go undefeated and prove in the final game that we didn’t just beat easy teams because we played a good team in Burlington and beat them playing our game.”