Mar 31, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorShanda Post was a nightmare for opponents this year on the basketball court.
Post finished the season as the second-leading scorer in the Class 3-A division while representing Lander Valley High School.
Post, a senior, has been selected as the Fremont County girls Player of the Year by the sports staff of the Lander Journal, The Ranger and the Wind River News.
Post finished the season averaging 17.4 points per game.
"I started to play basketball in the third grade with Junior Jazz," Post said.
"I really started to get serious about it in the eighth grade."
Kalli Feddersen of Rawlins had the best average this year in 3-A at 20.6 points.
"The season went very well," Post said. "We didn't get as far in the state tournament, but we still made it.
That has been my goal since my freshman year. "
LVHS was 6-8 in conference play and 13-16 overall. LVHS was No. 4 state seed from the Class 3-A West conference.
With a state-tournament spot on the line at the Class 3-A West regional tournament last month in Powell, the Tigers eliminated Cody 48-43 to extend their season.
"I feel like we really started to bond as a team at the end of the year," Post said.
Post also was named to the Class 3-A all-state team.
"I took my own time going into the gym and taking practice seriously," Post said.
"I also watched film after every single game."
Post is a two-time all-state selection.
Post was a finalist for the Wyoming Gatorade player of the year. Natrona junior Kaylee Johnson won the award for the second straight year.
The 6-foot-1 forward and guard averaged 18 points, 13.9 rebounds, 5.9 blocks, to lead the Natrona Fillies to a 22-4 record and a spot in the Class 4-A state semifinals in Casper.
Post felt her second home in the offseason was at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
"I would go (to the gym) for about three weeks straight before basketball started," she said. "I focused on free throws because I knew that my free-throw shooting percentage needed to rise."
Post was a 70 percent free-throw shooter on the year.
She was No. 2 in the Class 3-A West conference in rebounding at 9.6 per game, and she averaged 4.7 assists per game, No. 1 in the league.
"It was really exciting to play in the state tournament," Post said. "It was a different experience. I did everything that I could to help my team out and be the biggest leader that I could be."
LVHS lost to Douglas 56-28 in the opening round. The Tigers eliminated Lyman 69-58 in consolation play.
"Keeping my composure was a big thing," Post said.
In her final game of her career, Post scored 32 points in a 69-65 loss to Buffalo High School for the consolation championship.
"It was really fun against Buffalo," Post said. "Buffalo wasn't as guarding me like I have been guarded for the entire year."
Post had a number of key 3-pointers late in the contest.
"It was just a good shooting day," Post said.
Post has plans to continue her basketball career on the next level. She will decide between Sheridan College or Casper College, both from Region IX North division.
The first signing day is April 8 for junior college basketball players.
"I will see what I take from that point on," Post said.
Post will focus on working out during the summer to prepare for her freshman season.
"I will work on getting my feet quicker, getting stronger and faster," Post said. "I'm going to spend more time in the gym than I have ever before."