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3A/4A State Basketball, Saturday

Cheyenne East players celebrate their victory over Gillette in the title game of the Wyoming State High School Class 4A Girls Basketball Championship last year at the Casper Events Center.

THUNDER BASIN VS ROCK SPRINGS | 9 A.M.

Thunder Basin Bolts

RECORD: 19-6

HOW THEY GOT HERE: East Regional runners-up; W Cheyenne East 67-46, L Gillette 74-56.

POINTS FOR: 62.2

POINTS AGAINST: 54.1

LAST YEAR: First year as program.

STATE TITLES/LAST: n/a

HEAD COACH: Braidi Lutgen

RECORD VS FIELD: 9-3

KEY NUMBER: 16-0 ... The Bolts’ record against in-state teams other than Gillette.

Rock Springs Tigers

RECORD: 13-11

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Third at West Regional; W Jackson 62-47, L Kelly Walsh 47-39, W Natrona County 50-45.

POINTS FOR: 53.2

POINTS AGAINST: 46.7

LAST YEAR: Consolation champions.

STATE TITLES/LAST: 4/1992

HEAD COACH: Ramiro Candelaria

RECORD VS FIELD: 2-8

KEY NUMBER: 2009 ... Last year the Tigers advanced to the semifinals.

STAR-TRIBUNE PICK: Thunder Basin

EVANSTON VS CHEYENNE EAST | 10:30 A.M.

Evanston Red Devils

RECORD: 17-6

HOW THEY GOT HERE: West Regional champs; W Natrona County 47-41, W Kelly Walsh 53-37.

POINTS FOR: 53.1

POINTS AGAINST: 45.0

LAST YEAR: 0-2 at state.

STATE TITLES/LAST: n/a

HEAD COACH: Jeremy Fessler

RECORD VS FIELD: 6-5

KEY NUMBER: 20 ... Games in which Emmery Wagstaff led the Red Devils in scoring this season.

Cheyenne East Thunderbirds

RECORD: 18-9

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Fourth at East Regional; W Sheridan 55-48, L Thunder Basin 67-46, L Cheyenne Central 44-35.

POINTS FOR: 49.6

POINTS AGAINST: 43.8

LAST YEAR: State champs.

STATE TITLES/LAST: 4/2017

HEAD COACH: Rusty Horsley

RECORD VS FIELD: 5-6

KEY NUMBER: 0 ... Returning starters from last year’s state championship team.

STAR-TRIBUNE PICK: Evanston

KELLY WALSH VS CHEYENNE CENTRAL | 4:30 P.M.

Kelly Walsh Trojans

RECORD: 18-5

HOW THEY GOT HERE: West Regional runners-up; W Rock Springs 47-39, L Evanston 53-51.

POINTS FOR: 54.2

POINTS AGAINST: 45.9

LAST YEAR: 0-2 at state.

STATE TITLES/LAST: n/a

HEAD COACH: Sara Tuomi

RECORD VS FIELD: 7-4

KEY NUMBER: 11 ... Consecutive victories for the Trojans until they lost to Rock Springs in the West Regional championship game.

Cheyenne Central Indians

RECORD: 13-14

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Third at East Regional; W Laramie 49-34, L Gillette 75-44, W Cheyenne East 44-35.

POINTS FOR: 43.8

POINTS AGAINST: 42.4

LAST YEAR: 1-2 at state.

STATE TITLES/LAST: 2/2008

HEAD COACH: Glen Kirkbride

RECORD VS FIELD: 3-9

KEY NUMBER: 3 ... Victories in a row for Central over Kelly Walsh at the state tournament.

STAR-TRIBUNE PICK: Kelly Walsh

GILLETTE VS NATRONA COUNTY | 6 P.M.

Gillette Camels

RECORD: 21-5

HOW THEY GOT HERE: East Regional champs; W Cheyenne Central 75-44, W Thunder Basin 74-56.

POINTS FOR: 65.2

POINTS AGAINST: 42.6

LAST YEAR: Runners-up at state.

STATE TITLES/LAST: 16/2016

HEAD COACH: Mitch Holst

RECORD VS FIELD: 8-0

KEY NUMBER: 25 ... Consecutive years in which the Camels have advanced to the semifinals.

Natrona County Fillies

RECORD: 13-11

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Fourth at West Regional; W Green River 66-32, L Evanston 47-41, L Rock Springs 50-45.

POINTS FOR: 49.3

POINTS AGAINST: 41.3

LAST YEAR: Third place at state.

STATE TITLES/LAST: 6/2014

HEAD COACH: Doug Diehl

RECORD VS FIELD: 3-8

KEY NUMBER: 7 ... Times in the last nine years the Fillies have faced Gillette at state.

STAR-TRIBUNE PICK: Gillette

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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