Green River Star -

By Stephanie Thompson

Girls basketball goes 1 for 1 over weekend


February 27, 2019

Star photo by David Martin

Maddie Heiser keeps the ball away from a Rock Springs player during the Make-A-Wish game Thursday.

The Lady Wolves basketball team ended its regular season with one win and one loss.

Both conference games were real nail biters with the score going back and forth in the last quarter.

In the Rock Springs game last Thursday, it came down to a shot at the buzzer from Lady Wolf Maddie Heiser who put down a two-pointer for the 47-45 win.

"It was great," head coach Rick Carroll said. "Everybody was really excited about that."

Overall, it was a great game because both teams were playing really well, Carroll said. He said both teams also handled the crowd well. When it's a rivalry game, it can get really loud in the gym it doesn't matter which town or gym the game is in.

Things the Lady Wolves did well in the Rock Springs game was finding the open person on offense, keeping track of the shooters on defense and hitting shots at the free-throw line, making eight of 10 at the line.

"We did a good job finding the open man," Carroll said.

On Saturday, the Lady Wolves took on Star Valley, the No. 1 team in their quadrant with a 6-0 conference record and an 18-3 overall record.

"Again, we played very well defensively," Carroll said.

However, the team didn't shoot well at the free-throw line during the game and he thinks in the end that might be what cost them the game. The team lost to Star Valley 37-35.

For most of the game, it was close. However, in the third quarter, Star Valley pulled away and at one point were up by 10. The Lady Wolves fought back and in the fourth quarter with about four or five minutes left in the game, the lead kept changing back and forth between the Lady Wolves and Star Valley.

Even though the team lost, they know how far they have improved defensively. They just need to keep improving and be more consistent.

This week, the Lady Wolves will travel to Cody for the 4A West Regional Tournament. Eight teams will attend and four will move on to state. During their first game, the Lady Wolves will see familiar faces when they take on the Rock Springs Lady Tigers Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

"We just barely got done with that so we kind of know what we want to do defensively," Carroll said about playing Rock Springs.

He said the Lady Wolves and Lady Tigers have already met twice this season. In one game, RS won and in the other GR won.

"We understand how big this game is," Carroll said. "The girls are excited. They are ready."

Leading the team in the Rock Springs game was Ashelyn Birch with 19 points, six rebounds and one steal, followed by Maddie Heiser with 15 points, two rebounds and four assists.

Leading the team in the Star Valley game was Kayde Strauss with 19 points, two rebounds and two assists, followed by Heiser with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal.


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