Cokeville Lady Panthers earn 1A state basketball title

The Cokeville Lady Panthers celebrate after winning the 1A state basketball championship on Saturday, March 2, in Casper. The Lady Panthers defeated Arvada-Clearmont 64-40 in the championship game. (COURTESY PHOTO / Josh Galemore, Casper Star-Tribune) 

The Cokeville Lady Panthers were crowned 1A state basketball champions in Casper on Saturday, March 2. Cokeville only lost two games this season to claim their ninth state title. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Jan Moody)

The Cokeville Lady Panthers were crowned 1A state basketball champions on Saturday, March 2, in the Casper Events Center. Their quest for the state title began on Thursday, Feb. 28, against the Kaycee Lady Buckaroos. Cokeville was the No.1 seed from the West and the Lady Buckaroos were the No.  4 seed from the East. Cokeville had a slow start but finished strong defeating the Lady Buckaroos, 53–30. Emmie Barnes led the Lady Panther scoring with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Kamille Nate added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Rylee Teichert and Janae Teichert had 5 boards and Janae also had 3 assists.

This win advanced the Cokeville Lady Panthers to the semi-final game on Friday against the Farson Lady Pronghorns. This game was played at Natrona County High School. The Lady Pronghorns jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Panthers clawed their way back for a 26-21 lead at the half. The scoring was even in the third with 12 for each team. Farson outscored the Lady Panthers in the fourth, but it just wasn’t quite enough, as Cokeville squeaked out the win 45-43. Kamille Nate had a double-double, scoring 19 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Emmie Barnes had 8 rebounds and Janae Teichert had 4 assists.

This win earned the Cokeville Lady Panthers the right to compete in the championship game on Saturday, March 2, against the Arvada-Clearmont Lady Panthers. Cokeville dominated and took the easy victory, 64–40. Kamille Nate had another double-double, scoring 24 points and pulling down 10 rebounds and 3 steals. Emmie Barnes had 10 points with 6 rebounds. Kylee Dayton had 5 assists and 3 steals. Emma Tonga had 5 rebounds and Janae Teichert had 6 rebounds. Emma Teichert also had 4 assists.

This is the ninth state title for the Cokeville basketball girls. The Lady Panthers were 26–2 this season.

Kamille Nate was named the 1A Southwest Player of the Year. Nate averaged 16.4 points a game this season, putting her No. 3 in scoring in 1A.

Nate was also named to 1A All-State for the second time, along with Emmie Barnes and Emma Teichert. Barnes, Nate, Emma Teichert and Janae Teichert were named to the 1A Southwest All-Conference list.