Wolves give Red Devils a defensive fight
Despite a loss against the Evanston Red Devils, the Green River High School Boys Basketball team was able to bounce back against Jackson and end the weekend with a win.
The team’s 45-29 loss to Evanston came with a few silver linings. Head coach Laurie Ivie said the team tweaked their defense to handle the Red Devils’ top three scorers. Red Devil Hunter Hicks was held to one point, while his teammates Jesse Barker was held to five points and Nathan Welling was kept scoreless. Ivie said Barker and Hicks typically average more than 10 points in a game.
“We played excellent defense all game,” she said.
Against the Jackson Hole Broncs, Ivie said the Wolves took better care of the basketball during the game. While playing against Evanston, the Wolves had 18 turnovers allowing the Red Devils many opportunities to score. However, the Wolves cut those turnovers in half against Jackson. Ivie said the team also tweaked some spacing issues the Wolves had while playing offense, which the team responded well to. The Wolves tamed the Broncs 67-53.
Thursday will give the boys a chance to take on their rivals from Rock Springs. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Ivie said the Tigers are a solid basketball team, with a couple of highly-effective players on the team. Ivie said point guard Trevor Hautala averages more than 20 points a game, and also have excellent guards in Kael Mikkelsen and the 6 foot, 10 inch Kelby Kramer.
“They full court press from start to finish. It will be important for us to take them out of their comfort zone, but most importantly, to step on the court confident and believing in ourselves,” Ivie said.
After play against the Tigers, the Wolves will host Lyman High School Tuesday at GRHS.
The boys will play at 7:30 p.m.