GREEN RIVER – With an important conference weekend coming up, the Green River basketball teams split in a non-conference matchup against Lyman on Tuesday. The Wolves earned a win while second-half struggles hurt the Lady Wolves.
On the boy’s side, it was a back-and-forth game until the final quarter. The Eagles took a 15-12 lead after one. Three pointers by Dakota Wingard and Chance Hofer in the second quarter kept the game a three-point contest at the half, 32-29.
Devin Love and Cameron Morris started the third quarter strong as Green River opened on an 8-2 run to take the lead out of the break. Lyman responded with a 9-0 run but Love and Morris ended strong as the Wolves went into the fourth with a one-point lead, 46-45.
Gavin Heiser scored five in the fourth and had the Wolves off and running in the final period. Candon Croft gave the Wolves a lift off the bench while Hofer and Love extended the Wolves lead. Hofer hit a three pointer with 1:25 left to put the Wolves up four, 66-62.
Hunter Spartz was solid from the foul line in the final minute and a late Love steal and layup secured the nine-point win, 71-62. Hofer led the way with 18 points while Love added 15 and Morris scored 12 on the night.
For the Lady Wolves, it was a big Lyman run to start the third quarter that proved to be the difference. Like the boy’s game, the teams traded the lead several times in the first half. At the half-time buzzer, Green River had a one-point advantage, 20-19.
The ladies struggled out of the break as Lyman took control. A 12-0 Lady Eagle run put Lyman up 11. Ashelynn Birch ended the run with free throws at the 3:50 mark of the quarter for the first points of the second half for the Lady Wolves. Madelyn Heiser scored in the final minutes but the damage had been done. Green River had a much better final quarter but could not get stops on the defensive end. In the final minute, the Lady Wolves made a big push but it was too little too late as Lyman took the three-point win, 50-47.
It was the freshmen who led the way for Green River. Heiser finished with 17 points while Birch ended with 14 points and 11 boards to record another double-double on the season.
The Green River squads will return to the floor Friday with the all-important conference matchups with the Casper schools. Natrona will be first up on Friday with the ladies scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Kelly Walsh will come to town on Saturday with the action set to start at 1 p.m.
The Natrona Fillies enter with a perfect 3-0 conference record while the Lady Trojans are tied with Green River at 2-1 in conference play. On the boy’s side, Kelly Walsh enters with a perfect 3-0 conference record while the Mustangs are tied with Green River at 1-2 in conference play.
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