By Lisa S. Pearce Icenogle (AA, ’79)
Players from the Casper College Lady Thunderbirds basketball team were named to the 2019-20 North All-Region IX Team and All-Defensive Team.
“This is an exceptional tribute to the quality of our players, and they are all well-deserving of these awards,” said Dwight Gunnare, head coach.
The team finished the regular season 26-3 overall, 13-1 North Sub-Region play, and were ranked No. 15 in the country before COVID-19 cut the season short. The Lady T-Birds hosted the 2020 Region IX Women’s Basketball Tournament March 5-7 and were planning on a return trip to the national tournament until it was canceled.
Those named to the North All-Region Team include freshman Natalia Otkhmezuri, a 5’8” guard from Tbilisi, Georgia, who averaged 15.5 points per game; redshirt sophomore Mya Jones, a 5’11” forward from Rapid City, South Dakota, who averaged 10.2 points per game; and Raquel Ferrer-Bernad, a 5’6” sophomore guard from Lleida, Spain, who averaged 6.6 points per game.
Named to the North All-Region IX Defensive Team was freshman Juneau Jones, a 5’10” guard from Rapid City, South Dakota, who averaged 8.6 points per game and recently committed to play her sophomore season for the South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers.