GREEN RIVER – The Green River Lady Wolves took advantage of early Rock Springs turnovers and never looked back as they upset the fifth-ranked Lady Tigers Thursday night, 55-40.
After Lady Tiger Selena Cudney traded free throws with Green River to open the game, it was all Wolves from there. The Green River pressure defense bothered Rock Springs as they forced eight turnovers in the first quarter. Madelyn Heiser hit two three pointers and Andri Dewey and Taylor Stoeger added points as Green River jumped up by ten after one, 15-5.
Taylor Jenkins had a solid game for Rock Springs and opened second with the only bucket for either team in the first two minutes of the quarter. Hannah Hix and Ashlyn Birch added free throws and a field goal by Mallory Seymour extended the lead to 22-7. Sarye Thomas and Ky Buell scored in the final few minutes of the quarter but Stoeger and Seymour put the Lady Wolves up 15 at the half, 26-11. Buell had five of the Lady Tigers 11 points while Green River used a balanced scoring attack in the first with Stoeger adding eight, Heiser six and Dewey five.
Emily Quigly scored four early for Rock Springs to start the third but points by Stoeger, Seymour and Heiser extended the Lady Wolves lead to 17, 33-16. Jenkins and Birch traded buckets and Lady Tiger Maggie Justinak hit her first field goal of the game burying a deep three towards the end of the third but Green River continued to control. The Lady Wolves entered the final quarter with a 16 point advantage 37-21.
Buell hit a three to spark a 5-0 run by Rock Springs to open the final quarter. After buckets by Birch and Dewey, Jenkins and Buell matched to stay within 11. Dewey hit two free throws but a three-point play the old fashion way by Maggie Justinak pulled the ladies of Rock Springs within ten with three minutes left in the game. Birch added two but another deep three by Justinak had the Lady Tigers within single digits with just over a minute remaining, 46-37.
On Monday, it was late free throws that hurt Green River. On Thursday, it was a different story. Stoeger, Dewey and Hix all hit late free throws to put the game away, 55-40. Green River moved to 2-1 in conference play while Rock Springs fell to 1-2.
Seymour led the Green River attack on Thursday with 13 points while Dewey and Stoeger each added 11. Heiser and Birch added eight while Birch was also strong on the boards finishing with eight on the night. The Lady Tigers were led by Buell who finished with 13. After being shut down for the first half, Justinak finished with 11.
Both teams have the weekend to rest as they prepare for the all-important matchups with the Casper schools next weekend.
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