ROCK SPRINGS – Despite having one of the best seasons in the past several years, the Green River Wolves were unable to make it to state as their season came to a close Thursday night at the hands of Natrona, 63-46.
After suffering through several seasons without a win, last year marked a small turning point for Green River as they were able to break into the win column. This season started strong for the Wolves as they won the first four to start. Last year, the Wolves were able to notch a conference win but it was by forfeit. This year, Green River earned its first conference win against Jackson and beat Natrona the first time through the conference schedule. Despite several close games and a strong effort on the court, the Wolves slowed down the stretch losing its last seven including Thursday to open regionals.
The Mustangs came out firing and took an early 12-3 lead with all of Green River’s points coming from Hunter Spartz. A Gavin Heiser three sparked a comeback as they Wolves scored the next nine to take a brief lead 13-12. Natrona ended the first on a 5-2 run to re-take the lead after one, 18-15.
After a Natrona three to start the second, Spartz and Hofer brought the Wolves back to within one, 21-20. The Mustangs scored the next nine to keep the Wolves just out of reach. Hofer did his best to keep the Wolves close but at the break, Natrona increased its lead to nine, 33-24.
The start of the second half was trouble for Green River as Natrona pulled away. The Mustangs took advantage of poor shooting and turnovers to score the first 11 of the second half. Devin Love and Cameron Morris ended the run but Natrona continued to knock down shots. Despite a three by Kyle Ivie and a three and three-point play by Hofer to end the quarter, the Mustangs took a 20-point lead into the final period, 56-36.
The Wolves had a much better fourth but the Natrona lead was too much to overcome as the Wolves season came to an end. Hofer led the way for the Wolves with 14 points while Morris added nine and Spartz finished with eight. Green River finished with an 8-13 overall record including two conference wins on the season.
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