WE MEET AGAIN 1 Six of the eight quarterfinal match-ups feature teams that played each other in the regular season. Four of those match-ups were one-time affairs, although the Powell girls hold a 2-1 advantage over Worland and Douglas is 2-0 against Cody.
BEARCATS’ PUSH FOR PERFECTION 2 The Douglas girls are three wins away from their first undefeated season since the 2005 team went 26-0. Their average margin of victory is 30.4 points and 22 of their 24 wins have been by at least 16 points.
SHOOTING STARS 3 Lyman junior McKinley Bradshaw headlines a talented group of players, averaging 23.3 points 10.7 rebounds and 5.4 steals per game. Douglas features freshman Allyson Fertig (14.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.8 blocks). On the boys side, Pinedale’s Danny Gosar averages a class-best 18.3 ppg followed by Buffalo’s Hayden Peterson at 17.4.
LOOKING FOR NO. 1 4 Only three teams in the field — Pinedale boys and Cody and Rawlins girls — have yet to win a state championship. Cody has never played in the championship game while Pinedale’s only appearance in the title game came back in 1940. Rawlins has four title-game appearances, the most recent being in 2012.
CHAMPIONSHIP PEDIGREES 5 Beginning with Star Valley in 2013, the past five state championship girls teams are in the field as are the past four boys titlists. Following Star Valley were Douglas (2014), Powell (2015), Worland (2016) and Star Valley again (2017). The Riverton boys won their first state title last year. They were preceded by Worland (2016), Buffalo (2015) and Cody (2014).