Cody Basketball Teams Hit the Road for a Return to 4A Competition

Written by on January 16, 2020

THE CODY BRONC BASKETBALL TEAMS FRESH OFF A WEEKEND SWEEP OVER POWELL AND WYOMING INDIAN NOW TURN THEIR ATTENTION BACK TO 4A PLAY.

FOR THE CODY FILLIES BASKETBALL TEAM THEY ARE RIDING A FIVE GAME WIN STREAK INTO THEIR ROAD MATCH UPS AGAINST CASPER NATRONA AND RIVERTON. THE FILLIES ARE CURRENTLY RIDING A 5 GAME WIN STREAK BUT WITH A RETURN TO 4A ACTION ON THE HORIZON FILLIES HEAD COACH CHRIS WAGNER TALKS ABOUT THE CHANGES THIS TEAM MUST MAKE GOING FORWARD.

“WE’RE NOT TAKING CARE OF THE BALL REALLY WELL, TURNING IT OVER WAY TO MANY TIMES. SO JUST TAKING CARE, MAKING BETTER PASSES, TAKING CARE OF THE BALL. THAT’S OUR BIGGEST FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT NOW. FINISHING AROUND THE HOOP. WE’RE LEAVING A LOT OF JUST EASY OPPORTUNITIES, SO GOING BACK TO THE BASICS OF JUST SOME HARD NOSED LAYUPS, GETTING TO THE BASKET. YOU ALWAYS GOTTA THROW IN A FEW NEW THINGS. I FEEL LIKE YOU GOT TO KEEP IT FRESH. YOU CAN’T KEEP POUNDING AWAY AT THE THINGS IF THEY’RE NOT WORKING. JUST TRASH IT AND WE’LL MOVE ONTO THE NEXT.”

AS FOR BOTH NATRONA AND RIVERTON, THEY PROVIDE TWO CONFLICTING STYLES OF PLAY THAT THE FILLIES WILL HAVE TO ADJUST TO, AS COACH WAGNER EXPLAINS.

“CASPER’S GOING TO TRY TO GET THE BALL INSIDE. THEY’VE GOT SOME TALL, BIG GIRLS THAT CAN DAMAGE YOU REALLY BAD DOWN THERE. THEY CAN FINISH WELL. THEIR OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS ARE GREAT. I THINK THEY’RE ONE OF THE LEADING REBOUNDING TEAMS IN THE STATE. THAT’S THEIR STYLE OF GAME, NOT VERY GOOD OUTSIDE SHOOTING WHERE AS YOU GO THE NEXT NIGHT TO RIVERTON AND GOING TO BE PLAYING IN THEIR HOME GYM. THEY’RE CHUCKING THE BALL UP FROM EVERYWHERE ON THE COURT. GOT SOME GIRLS SHOOTING A HIGH PERCENTAGE.”

FOR THE BRONCS BASKETBALL TEAM, THEY EARNED THEIR FIRST TWO WINS OF THE SEASON LAST WEEKEND AND WILL LOOK TO CARRY THAT MOMENTUM INTO 4A PLAY THIS WEEKEND. THE BRONCS SIT AT 2-5 ON THE SEASON, AND ARE STARTING TO SEE THEIR HARD WORK PAY OFF. HEAD COACH OF THE BRONCS JAKE KRAFT ON THE BOOST THAT THOSE WINS HAVE ON THE GROUP GOING FORWARD.

“I THINK IT GIVES US CONFIDENCE. REGARDLESS OF WHO OUR OPPONENTS ARE. BOTH OF THOSE TEAMS WERE RANKED IN THEIR RESPECTIVE CLASSES. THEIR NO SLOUCHES. CREDIT TO OUR KIDS FOR CONTINUING TO WORK DESPITE NOT GETTING RESULTS UNTIL LAST WEEKEND. I’M JUST REAL PLEASED WITH OUR EFFORT, OUR ATTITUDE AND FINALLY A LITTLE BIT OF EXECUTION THAT CAN GET US A COUPLE WINS.”

UP NEXT FOR THE BRONCS WILL BE A PAIR OF ROAD CONTESTS. THEY WILL TAKE ON THE MUSTANGS OF NATRONA COUNTY FRIDAY, BEFORE GOING UP AGAINST QUAD RIVAL, RIVERTON ON SATURDAY. COACH KRAFT OUTLINES WHAT THE TEAM CAN EXPECT GOING ON THE ROAD.

“WE’RE GOING TO FACE PRETTY INTERESTING ATMOSPHERES SO TO SPEAK. WE’VE NEVER BEEN TO CASPER-NATRONA, AT LEAST IN MY SIX YEARS IN THE PROGRAM. SO THAT’LL BE EXCITING. IT’S A BRAND NEW GYM AND ON FILM IT LOOKS LIKE A GREAT ATMOSPHERE. THEY’RE KIND OF AN EMOTIONAL TEAM THAT CAN HAVE SOME GREAT HIGHS AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE’RE ABLE TO RIDE THOSE OUT AND ANSWER THOSE RUNS. THEN SATURDAY WE TURN AROUND AND GO TO RIVERTON. THAT’S A KEY GAME BECAUSE YOU WANT TO START OFF YOUR QUAD 1-0 AND THAT’S DEFINITELY OUR GOAL THIS YEAR AND I THINK IT’S VERY ATTAINABLE.”

THE CODY BASKETBALL TEAMS RETURN TO 4A PLAY THIS WEEKEND ON THE ROAD TO FACE CASPER NATRONA AND RIVERTON. FRIDAY’S ACTION GETS UNDERWAY WITH THE BOYS UP FIRST AT 5:30 FOLLOWED BY THE GIRLS AT 7. ON SATURDAY IT WILL BE THE GIRLS ON THE HARDWOOD FIRST AGAINST RIVERTON AT 3PM FOLLOWED BY THE BOYS AT 4:30. ALL THOSE GAMES CAN BE HEARD ON KODI.


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