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Lady Chiefs' Brown wins Carey award

Mar 19, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Wyoming Indian's all-state standout received the honor of best girls basketball player in Class 2-A/1-A.

Former Lander High School coach Bob Carey is unique among Wyoming basketball coaches as the only one to win state championships with both boys and girls teams.

Carey led the Tigers to the 1968 title and the Lady Tigers to the 1977 championship, both in Class AA, the state's largest division.

Carey was instrumental in bringing girls' basketball to prominence in Wyoming and is remembered for his gentlemanly manner and sense of sportsmanship.

Carey passed away in 1995 and his family established an award for the two best girls players in Wyoming in Class 1-A/2-A and 3-A/4-A.

This year's award winners are Olivia Dorrell of Laramie High School and Fremont County's own Amryn Brown of Wyoming Indian.

In order to be nominated for the Carey Award, a senior basketball player must show leadership ability, scholarship character, athletic ability and community involvement.

Brown exemplified all those traits as a three-year all-state player for the Lady Chiefs.

Brown led on the floor as point guard and played equally well whether she was leading the team in points, rebounds, assists or steals.She often led in all four categories.

An amazing ballhandler, she devastated opposing pressure defenses and was able to drive hard to the basket from all points on the floor in spite of being double-teamed many times.

As the object of combination defenses, she still scored well with the entire opposing team's entire defense dedicated to stopping her.

Brown was the Class 2-A Southwest player of the year and will sign to continue her career on the hardwood at Central Wyoming College next fall.

Brown will received a plaque honoring her as the 2017 Class 1-A/2-A award winner. Her name will be engraved on a permanent plaque in the facility that bears Carey's name, the Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse in Lander.

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