DOUGLAS – For the first time since 2012, the Guernsey-Sunrise Lady Viking basketball team will close their season at the Class 1-A State Tournament in Casper and it was just a matter of three points that afforded the opportunity.
On Thursday, junior guard Blake Rose stole an inbounds pass and took it to the hoop with three seconds left to give the Lady Vikes a 37-35 win over Arvada-Clearmont, the number one seed from the Northeast.
The win put them into a second-round matchup with Hulett but the Lady Red Devils prevailed 49-39. That loss put the Vikes up against Lingle-Fort Laramie, a team that defeated Guernsey-Sunrise twice in the regular season. But the Lady Vikes kept the game close all the way and held on for a 38-37 win to assure them a spot in the finals this weekend. The game with Rock River to determine third and fourth places went the Lady Longhorns way 34-22 but the trip to Casper was the most important outcome by that time.
The Lady Vikings (5-17) will take on the top seed from the West, a Cokeville squad with a 17-7 season record.
Head Coach Troy Reichert said he wants the girls to play well but more importantly, he wants them to make the most of the opportunity to be part of the tournament. “I want them to have some great memories of this. While we want to win, we understand we’re definitely up against a huge challenge. This needs to be a great experience they will take with them long after they graduate from high school.”