Wolves keep competition close, celebrate win over Tigers

The Wolves have been working hard and keeping the competition tight as they finished up their regular conference games.

Starting last Thursday, the Green River High School Boys Basketball team had their work cut out for them when they took on the Star Valley Braves.

"Star Valley is a very good basketball team," Wolves Head Coach Laurie Ivie explained. "They are #1 in the 4A West. They are a well-rounded basketball team full of great shooters."

Green River fought to hold their own during the game, but ultimately came up short, losing by 12 points. Star Valley maintained their top status and took the conference game victory with a final score of 62-50.

Several Wolves played hard and helped their team during the fight against the Braves. Theran Archibald led the team as he has through the season, scoring 14 points and getting five assists and four rebounds. Hunter Lake also had a strong game with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. The other points in the game came from Chris Wilson with eight points, Bryson Birch with six, Daxton Taylor with five, A.J. Keelin with four, and Adrian Ruiz with two. Keelin also had four rebounds, two assists and one steal, while Wilson had three rebounds and three assists and Ruiz had three rebounds and one assist.

On Friday, February 23, the pressure was on as the Wolves headed to Rock Springs to take on the Tigers in the annual Make-A-Wish game.

"We were down 10 early in the game on Friday night, and had to work hard to close that gap," Coach Ivie said. "Once we did, it was a close game for the remainder. Hunter Lake hit a game-winning three-pointer with eight seconds left on the clock to seal the deal."

With the last shot from Lake, Green River pulled off the win in the intense game, finishing with a final score of 50-48.

Archibald led the team once again in the game against Rock Springs, finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists and one steal. In addition to the game-winning shot, Lake contributed a total of 11 points, as well as four assists, two steals and one rebound. Wilson helped as well with 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal. Ruiz had six points, three rebounds, and one assist, while Keelin had five points, six rebounds and two steals. Taylor also supported the team with three rebounds and one steal while Birch contributed two rebounds.

Finishing the regular season with another win against the cross-county rivals was especially exciting for the Wolves.

"Beating Rock Springs is always a huge win for our team," Ivie said. "This year, we beat them on their court and ours, which was a huge accomplishment for our program."

The Wolves will look to carry their winning momentum into the 4A West Regional Basketball Tournament, which starts today and is hosted by Green River. The Wolves' first game will be against Rock Springs once again, and will start at 6 p.m. The Regional Tournament will continue on Friday and Saturday as well.


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