GREEN RIVER – After a tough loss on Thursday to open conference play, the Green River Lady Wolves went back to the basics of Friday. They boxed out, played solid defense and took care of the ball as they earned their first conference win over Jackson, 63-18.
Jackson entered Friday looking for its first win while the Lady Wolves looked to right the ship. Taylor Stoeger and Madelyn Heiser had Green River off to a good start early but he Lady Broncs matched the start to even the game at nine. A Stoeger three broke the tie and after one, the Lady Wolves were up 12-9.
The ladies of Green River turned up the intensity of both ends of the floor to start the second. Ashlyn Birch hit the boards hard in the second which led to six points by the freshman. The defense only allowed four points in the second as the offense put 21 up in the quarter to take a 33-13 at the break. Stoeger finished with nine, first-half points while Heiser added seven. Mallory Seymour and Andri Dewey each scored four in the half.
GRHS continued to pressure out of the break and quickly extended its lead. Stoeger had five early and Dewey scored four to give the Lady Wolves a 48-14 advantage. Birch and America Zarate scored field goals late in the quarter as Green River outscored the Lady Broncs 23-3 in the third to go up by 40, 56-16. With a running clock, the Lady Wolves coasted to the big win. They shut down Jackson again in the fourth only giving up two points in the quarter.
Birch was big on the night with a double-double. She scored 16 points and grabbed 12 boards to lead the ladies. Stoeger finished with 14 followed by Heiser with 12 and Dewey with 10.
Green River has six days to prepare for rival Rock Springs and the Lady Tigers come to town on Jan. 26.
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