CASPER – Jordan Stoddard, Reece Halley and Mattie Jones took the court one more time at the high school level on Saturday afternoon at Casper College’s Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym.
Stoddard represented Southeast High School in the Wyoming Coaches Association volleyball game, while Torrington’s Halley and Jones were teammates one last time on the basketball court.
The trio picked up wins in their respective games.
For Jones and Halley, they cherished getting to play with each other one more time before attending different area junior college and will be playing against each other this winter.
“It was fun. It was meaningful,” Jones said. “We’ve been playing together since we were so young. Being together is such an honor for the both of us.”
“The dynamic duo since fourth grade,” Halley added laughing.
They combined for 15 points to help lead the South to a 53-45 win. Halley had 10 points, while Jones added five. Both hit one 3-pointer in the game.
Early on, it was Halley showing the way for the South with five of the team’s 11 first-quarter points.
However, early in the second quarter, it was Jones’ triple which slowed down a North run, pushing the South’s lead to 16-8.
The South led a most of the game, with the exception coming early in game when the North a 3-2 lead in the opening moments.
The North got no closer than six in the fourth quarter.
“It was fun, and we played with a lot of cool people,” Halley said. “Beating the best of the best from the North is pretty cool. It’s almost like an intro to college. Everybody is so much better than you see all the time. There is no weakness. Everybody is just good.”
“Not much more you could ask for than a win in that game. It was fun. We played together. We ran our offenses and our plays right which we put in this week, but it was fun to play with everybody,” Jones said. “I know it’s very cliché, but everybody says it’s an honor, it really is. Getting to know these girls and to play with them and against them is just an honor and cool experience.”
In the volleyball match, Stoddard had five blocks, including a stuff block to secure set one win as the South went on to defeat the North 3-2. She also had one kill in the match.
“It’s always fun to stuff block,” Stoddard said. “It’s my No. 1 go-to, and it’s what I want to get done.”
In the end, the South overcame a 2-1 deficit to win the final two sets to get the victory, 25-21, 19-25, 18-25, 25-19, 15-12.
“It was stressful, but honestly, we all took a deep breath and said let’s play,” Stoddard said. “That’s what it came down to.”
It was the last time Stoddard will play competitive volleyball before going to run track at South Dakota State University later this year.
“It was absolutely amazing, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Stoddard said of getting play one more volleyball game. “It’s amazing all these young ladies came together to play with each other and support each other even if they were rivals.”
Stoddard said it easier than she thought it would be to put aside old rivalries.
“We did so many team bonding things that the other teams didn’t do. We went hiking and went to a live concert,” she said. “It was pretty fun.”