CASPER – Natrona showed why they are a front runner for the 4A state basketball title as they controlled the Green River Lady Wolves Friday night.
Natrona scored its first basket and before fans could blink were up ten. The Fillies used quick transition offense which the Lady Wolves struggled with. Emily White and Hattie Hix added early points but the FIllies exploded to a 30-9 lead after the first quarter.
At points in the second, the Lady Wolves struggled to even move the ball up the court on the Natrona defense. After the first two minutes of the second quarter, Casper extended its lead to 32. Sophomore Andri Dewey came off the bench and fought back against Natrona. Lauressa Tramp and Dewey got points late in the quarter but, at the half, it was all Fillies, 54-15.
In Wyoming high school basketball, once you hit a 40-point lead the clock will run and will not stop for anything except injuries or timeouts. Natrona opened the third with a bucket to start the running clock.
White scored the only two points in the third as the Fillies extended the lead to 47 after three, 64-17. The Lady Wolves continued to play hard to the final buzzer. Averee Cobb and Chelsea Maes scored buckets in the fourth. In the end, it would be top-ranked Natrona, 75-21.
The Lady Wolves of Green River will play Evanston for third place at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Rock Springs will face Natrona at 1 p.m. for the title. All four teams have qualified for the Wyoming 4A State Basketball Championships.