ROCK SPRINGS– The Rock Springs High School girls basketball team fought their way to a state qualification at the 4A West Regional Tournament last weekend.
The Lady Tigers went into the 4A State Championships as the #4 West seed.
In their first game of the tournament, the Lady Tigers took on the Campbell County Lady Camels, the #1 seed from the East region. Rock Springs fell to Campbell County 54-37, despite leading most of the first half.
Check out upcoming games, scores, and recaps for the Lady Tigers below.
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Thursday, March 7:
- Rock Springs 37 Campbell County 54
- The Lady Camels started the game off with a 4-0 lead. The Lady Tigers took over the lead 7-4 with a three point shot from Kyla Henry. The Lady Tigers held onto their lead throughout the first quarter, leading the game 12-10 at the end of the first. The two teams kept the score close throughout the second quarter, however the Lady Camels did not take over the lead throughout the quarter. Rock Springs led 27-25 heading into halftime. In the third quarter, Campbell County picked up the momentum, going on an 18-2 run, taking the lead back. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 43-29, in favor of the Lady Camels. The Lady Tigers went on a 4-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to bring the score within 10 points, 33-43. However, the Lady Camels held onto their lead and with 2:35 left in the contest, Rock Springs was trailing by 13 points with no timeouts left. The Lady Camels ultimately took the win, 54-37.
- The Lady Camels will take on Cheyenne East on Friday in the semi-finals.
- The Lady Tigers will play Kelly Walsh in the consolation round on Friday at 9 am. The game will be a loser-out contest.
Friday, March 8:
- Rock Springs 45 Kelly Walsh 39
- The Lady Tigers and the Lady Trojans kept the score close throughout the entire game, both teams fighting to stay in the state tournament. The teams were tied 8-8. The Lady Tigers added 10 points to their score in the second quarter while the Lady Trojans added seven. Rock Springs led 18-15 at halftime. The Lady Tigers held onto their lead in the third quarter, leading 27-25 heading into the final quarter. In a passionate fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers were able to increase their lead by six points, getting the 45-39 win over the Lady Trojans.
- The Lady Trojans have been eliminated from the state tournament.
- The Lady Tigers will take on the winner of Green River/Cheyenne Central tomorrow 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.