Charity Harmon made sure her South teammates were fired up before Saturday's Wyoming Coaches Foundation All-Star Girls Basketball game.
The Mountain View graduate grabbed the mic before introductions at Casper College's Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym and the rest of the South team gathered in a circle around her. Harmon then started to beat box as her teammates joined arms and swayed back and forth.
"I started beat-boxing when I was 5," Harmon said. "I did it in practice this week and I think I surprised my teammates. So they wanted me to do it before the game to pump us up."
It obviously worked as the South jumped to a 19-3 lead after the opening quarter and cruised to a 67-38 victory.
Harmon added the finishing touch to the South's impressive first quarter when she hit an off-balance 25-footer at the buzzer.
"I always played against my brother growing up," Harmon said. "So when it comes to basketball I'm not afraid to throw shots at the basket. I heard my teammates counting down the time so I thought I might as well shoot it."
It was a strategy that worked all game for the South, especially in the first half.
Miranda Wagner (Rawlins) had two triples and Kammie Ragsdale (Pine Bluffs) added another in a dominant first quarter. University of Wyoming signee McKinley Bradshaw (Lyman) got the quarter started with a putback of her own miss and had the final basket before Harmon's buzzer-beater with a behind-the-back dribble and a mid-range jump shot as she was going to the ground.
Bradshaw, Harmon and Wagner all finished with 10 points to go along with a game-high 12 from teammate Alex Trosper (Wyoming Indian).
"This whole week was such a great experience," Bradshaw said. "And that warmup was one of the best pre-game huddles I've ever been a part of."
After being held scoreless in the opening frame, Trosper got on track in the second quarter. The star of the Chiefs' Class 2A state championship victory in March, Trosper had a personal 7-0 run capped by an easy layup off a full-court assist from Bradshaw. Harmon and Olivia Smith (Lyman) had back-to-back 3-pointers and Bradshaw scored on a turnaround to give the South a 38-13 halftime lead.
The South pushed the lead to 47-18 midway through the third quarter on the strength of two baskets from Harmon and a Trosper 3-pointer.
"This week was such a blast," Harmon said. "It was one of the best weeks of my life, without a doubt. I'm just grateful for the experience."
The second half was more of the same South dominance, with the lead reaching 34 points (61-27) following a 7-0 run. Trosper got it started with a basket, Bradshaw (two) and Ragsdale (one) added free throws and Ellie Schmitt (Southeast) capped it with a putback.
The game brought an end to all of the players' high school careers, although a number will continue their playing careers in college. Bradshaw, however, is the only one who will be playing for the Cowgirls.
"I'm really excited, but I'm also nervous," said Bradshaw, who will head to Laramie at the end of August. "I just know I'm ready to get down there and really get into shape."