CHURCHILL -- The West Yellowstone girls basketball team has exploded on to the Class C scene, starting the season 9-0 before suffering its first loss last week to Manhattan Christian.
That fast start out of the gate is something the Wolverines haven't experienced in a while.
“I really don’t think that we’ve had that start in years, at least 20 years,” said Nubia Allen, West Yellowstone's head girls basketball coach.
And Allen says it has been a waiting game that’s paying off.
“I have seniors. I finally have three seniors to lead this team. We have been together for three years now, so I think it’s making the difference,” said Allen.
The Wolverines have been on a rising trend. Last season they won their first divisional game since 1999, defeating Seeley-Swan in the first round. But to get back there, they need to size up to Manhattan Christian in Churchill.
“(Churchill) is where districts is held and we have to learn to play here and to win. We had a great first match with Manhattan Christian. They come home next week, so I think it’s going to be a lot different,” said Allen after the Wolverines fell to the Eagles.
West Yellowstone sits at 10-1 this season, second in District 11C behind the Eagles. With postseason play nearing, the Wolverines are ready to prove that they belong and make their first trip back to the state tournament in 20 years.
“We all dream about going to state and we really think that if we play how we know how to play and we do what we’re supposed to do, we can surprise a lot of people,” said Allen.
But for now, there sights are set with their rematch with Manhattan Christian in West Yellowstone on Thursday night.