Lady Panthers come back from 2–0 deficit to win 1A state championship

The Cokeville Lady Panthers volleyball team celebrates after scoring the winning point in the 1A state championship match in Casper on Saturday, Nov. 4. (COURTESY PHOTO / Alan Rogers, Casper Star-Tribune)

The Cokeville Lady Panthers were crowned the 1A state volleyball champions on Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Casper Events Center after they defeated the Lady Tigers of Encampment in five close sets.

The Lady Panthers began their quest for the State Title on Thursday, Nov. 2, when they faced the fourthplace team from the East, the Lady Miners of Hanna. They defeated the Lady Miners in three easy sets; 25–5, 25–10 and 25–9. This win advanced Cokeville to the Championship semifinals where they faced the Lady Rattlers of Little Snake River. This was a tougher challenge as the Lady Rattlers took the Lady Panthers to four sets: 25–20, 20–25, 27–25, 25–21.

The Cokeville win clinched a spot in the Title Game for a rematch of the Regional Championship match with the Lady Tigers of Encampment. The Lady Panthers got down early, losing the first two sets: 25–22 and 25–22. The Lady Panthers clawed their way back to win the next three sets 25–17, 25–23 and 17–15.

Cokeville’s Leona Teichert and Janae Teichert after the Panthers defeated Encampment in the 1A Championship match on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Casper Events Center. Janae Teichert was named All-State. (COURTESY PHOTO / Alan Rogers, Casper Star-Tribune)

This win makes 22 state championships for the Lady Panthers.

Four Cokeville players were named to the Wyoming Volleyball 1A All State list: Lexia Brown, Kamille Nate, Janae Teichert and Janetta Teichert. These players were also named All Conference.

The Gazette would like to congratulate the Lady Panthers on fantastic finish to a great volleyball season.