GREEN RIVER– The Green River High School boys and girls basketball teams both qualified for the 4A State Tournament, in which the boys entered the tournament as the #2 West seed and the girls entered as the #3 West seed.
The state tournament kicked off on Thursday, March 7, and will last through Saturday, March 9.
For their first games, the Lady Wolves took on the Thunder Basin Bolts, the #2 East seed.
The Wolves took on the Campbell County Camels, the #3 East seed.
Check out upcoming games, scores, and recaps for both the Wolves and Lady Wolves below.
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- Green River 49 Thunder Basin 65
- The game started off close, the score within three points throughout the first quarter. The Lady Wolves took a brief lead in the first, but the Bolts led 12-11 at the end of the quarter. In the second quarter, Thunder Basin took off with the score, adding 20 points and holding Green River to five points. The Bolt led 32-16 at halftime. The Lady Wolves added 17 points in the third, while the Bolts added 14. Heading into the fourth quarter, Thunder Basin continued to lead the game 46-33. The Bolts earned a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter, 58-41, with a little under three minutes left in the contest. Thunder Basin ultimately claimed the win, 65-49.
- Thunder Basin will take on the winner of Star Valley and Cheyenne Central on Friday.
- The Lady Wolves will play the loser of Star Valley and Cheyenne Central on Friday at 10:30 am in a loser out contest.
Friday, March 8:
- Green River 49 Cheyenne Central 40
- Green River and Cheyenne Central kept the score close throughout the contest with several ties and lead changes throughout. Green River led the first quarter up until about the 1:00 mark when Central went ahead, 12-11. At the end of the second quarter, there had been six ties so far, but the Lady Wolves were able to take over the lead by five points, heading into halftime 25-20. Both teams added 10 points in the third quarter, the Lady Wolves leading 35-30 heading into the final quarter. In the fourth, the Lady Wolves were able to extend their lead by four, giving them a nine-point advantage over Central, winning 49-40.
- Cheyenne Central’s loss resulted in their elimination from the state tournament.
- Green River will take on Rock Springs on Saturday at 9 am in the consolation championship.
Saturday, March 9:
Consolation Championship Game: Green River vs Rock Springs
For the first time in decades, the Green River Wolves and Rock Springs Tigers played for a fifth time this season. Going into the Consolation Championship game, the Wolves led the series 3-1 over the Tigers.
The Lady Wolves jumped out to 6-0 early lead in the first quarter. Rock Springs struggled to find much on the offensive side of the ball. Green River dominated the offensive and defensive rebounds with a total of 16 rebounds compared to three for Rock Springs. The extra possessions supported the Wolves on the scoreboard as the lead jumped out to 13-5 over the Tigers at the end of the first quarter. Ashelynn Birch led in scoring with eight points.
Momentum refused to shift for Rock Springs in the second quarter against the Wolves. Rebounding continued to be an issue for the Tigers as the Wolves grabbed 22 rebounds while Rock Springs had eight. The lack of rebounding once again supported a Green River lead that extended to as much as 11 points near the end of the first half. Birch’s scoring slowed in the second quarter, but Kayde Strauss had an eight-point performance in the second quarter. A 24-14 lead favored the Wolves at the end of the half.
Rock Springs won the third quarter to start the second half of play. Green River missed a handful of layups near the middle of the third that would’ve given the Wolves a significant lead. Foul trouble also hurt the Wolves in the third. Six team fouls were called in comparison to three in the first half. The Tigers’ offense had it’s best quarter of the game with 12 points which cut the Rock Springs deficit to seven going in to the final quarter of play.
The Wolves closed out the game perfectly in the fourth quarter. Much like how it started, Green River continued to dominate the boards which ultimately served as the final blow to Rock Springs. A total of 46 rebounds for the Lady Wolves sealed the victory 44-36. Green River brings home the consolation championship for the first time since 2007.
- Green River 54 Campbell County 63
- The Wolves and the Camels played a tough game of basketball in both team’s first game of the state tournament. The Camels got the early lead over the Wolves, leading 24-13 at the end of the first quarter. The Wolves trailed by 12 points at the end of the second, the Camels leading 36-24 heading into halftime. The Wolves came out with the momentum in the third quarter, building their score up by 21 points, while they held the Camels to eight points. With a three-pointer at the buzzer by Chase Stoeger, the Wolves took over the lead, heading into the fourth 45-44. The Camels and the Wolves kept the score close in the final quarter up until about the 2:00 mark when the Camels built up a seven point lead at 59-52. The Camels held onto their lead, ultimately securing the 63-54 win.
- The Camels will take on the winner of Evanston and Sheridan Friday in the semi-finals.
- The Wolves will play the loser of Evanston and Sheridan on Friday at 1:30 pm in a loser-out contest.
Friday, March 8:
- Green River 44 Evanston 58
- Evanston got the early lead over Green River, leading 15-8 in the first quarter. Green River attempted to close the gap in the second, however Evanston held onto their lead, heading into halftime 32-20. Evanston held onto their lead in the third quarter, adding 15 points while the Wolves added 13 points. Evanston led the Wolves at the end of the third, 47-33.To open the fourth quarter, the Wolves went on a 10-0 run to close the gap and bring the game within four points. However, Evanston was able to pull away again, taking the 58-44, bringing the Wolves’ season to an end.
- Evanston will play Cheyenne Central on Friday in the consolation championship.
- The Wolves’ loss resulted in their elimination from the state tournament.