Cokeville boys earn fourth place at 1A state tournament

GAZETTE PHOTO / Jan Moody

The Cokeville Panthers began the 1A state boys’ basketball tournament against the Kaycee Buckaroos on Thursday, Feb. 28. The Panthers came out strong and looked to be unstoppable as they put up a huge 20 points against the Buckaroos 5 in the first quarter. They maintained a strong game and took the huge first round win 60–39. Andrew Thomas had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Kyle Wayment had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

This win advanced the Panthers to the semi-finals game on Friday, March 1, against the Pronghorns of Farson. The two teams split wins during the regular season, so both teams knew it would be a dogfight to the finish. The scoring was pretty even through the first quarter but the Pronghorns outscored the Panthers 15-4 in the second. The Panthers came out strong in the third to tighten it up but it just wasn’t quite enough, and Cokeville fell 46–40. Andrew Thomas had 11 points while Kyle Wayment had 10 points and 6 rebounds.

This put the Panthers in the 3rd place game on Saturday against the Upton Bobcats. The second and third quarters were rough on the Panthers and they fell 63–45 to claim fourth place. Andrew Thomas had 22 points and 8 rebounds and Matt Thomas added 10 more points. Farson-Eden would claim the 1A boys’ title.

The Cokeville boys were 18–10 this season. Andrew Thomas was named to the 1A All-State list. Thomas and Kyle Wayment were named to the 1A Southwest All-Conference list.