Laramie High senior forward Hudda Herrera overcame early foul trouble to score 21 points — 12 in the third quarter — to help the Plainsmen beat Cody 60-55 in the season opener at the Riverton Invitational.
Laramie took control of a close game in the third quarter by outscoring Cody 24-19 for a 51-42 lead.
The Plainsmen then held off the Broncs in the fourth quarter despite Elijah Leyva scoring a game-high 32 points for Cody.
Laramie showed balance on offense in the opener, with junior Tyler Oppie joining Herrera in double figures with 13 points. Herrera also hit four of five free throws in the game, including two in the final seconds to ice the win.
Brady Epler added six points for Laramie before fouling out late in the game.
The Plainsmen will next play Rock Springs at 7:30 p.m. today at the Riverton Middle School.
Laramie opened the new season against a new team in Class 4A, the Cody Lady Broncs.
Both teams struggled to find some offense, but the Lady Broncs had just enough to beat the Lady Plainsmen 43-39.
The game was tight throughout with the score tied at the end of the first and third quarters.
Cody outscored Laramie 14-10 in the final quarter.
The Lady Plainsmen were led on offense by sophomore Kayla Vasquez and freshman Janey Adair. Both players scored eight points, with six of Adair’s points coming on two 3-pointers.
Senior Jennifer Aadland added five points and a team-high 12 rebounds for LHS.
Cody got nine points and a game-high 15 rebounds from University of Wyoming commit Paige Powell. Powell transferred to Cody this season after playing Class 1A basketball for Encampment the past three seasons.
The Lady Plainsmen will next play Rock Springs at 6 p.m. today at Casper Natrona.