DOUGLAS – It came down to the foul line with two Douglas free throws with 10 seconds left being the difference in Monday afternoon’s makeup game.
With weather causing issues for basketball teams around the state, the Green River Lady Wolves traveled to Douglas Monday to get more time on the court. Douglas entered the game as the top-ranked team in 3A and an undefeated record.
The two teams were evenly matched on paper and the game played out that way. The Lady Wolves and Lady Bearcats ended the first quarter tied at 11 and again at the half at 27 a piece. Douglas ended the first half on a 7-0 run to even the game at the break. Taylor Stoeger had 10 in the first half followed by Ashlyn Birch with five and Hannah Hix with four.
The Lady Bearcats continued to run to start the second half as they jumped out to a 35-28 lead. Mallory Seymour provided the only points for Green River early in the quarter. Birch added points late but Douglas took a seven-point lead into the final period, 41-34.
After the sluggish third quarter, the ladies came back in the fourth. Andri Dewey, Stoeger and Birch all added early points as the Wolves quickly cut the lead to three, 43-40. After a Douglas three, both Dewey and Heiser hit from behind the three-point line to even the game at 46. The teams traded buckets before Dewey again connected from downtown to give the Lady Wolves the lead. Two Seymour free throws extended the lead to four with three minutes left.
The Wolves had opportunities to extend the lead but missed two important free throws, Douglas took advantage and cut the lead to two, 54-52, with 1:16 left. The Lady Cats again took advantage of missed free throws after Green River went one of two from the line. With 56 seconds to go, Douglas hit a three to even the game at 56. Back on the offensive end, Green River took the ball to the hole missing the shot. Heiser attacked the boards and was fouled on the rebound with 20 seconds. She hit one of two to give the Wolves the one-point lead, 56-55. The Lady Cats came down and were fouled with 10 seconds left. They were able to hit both free throws to remain perfect on the season with the 57-56 win.
Birch led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points. After hitting 10 in the first half, Stoeger was shut down in the second finishing with 12. Dewey added 11 with nine coming from the three-point line. Seymour and Heiser each added eight in the loss.
The ladies return home for the big rivalry game this Thursday against Rock Springs.
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