The Cheyenne East ladies claimed their second 4A basketball championship in the last three years Saturday night in Casper.

The championship victory of Gillette 53-50 did not come easy, however, as the Lady Thunderbird's trailed by as much as 15 points in the second half.

In the championship win, Jessie Erickson led the Lady T-Birds with 11 points, and both Jadyn Kanzler and Cosette Stellern added 10.

East was the second seed out of the 4A east and had to beat Evanston 52-34 on Thursday and Laramie 58-51 on Friday to move on to the finals.