4A Girls State Basketball Day 2 Recaps
The final day of the high school basketball season for 2020-21 is going on in Casper with five games on Saturday.
WyoPreps is providing brief summaries of all the games from the Ford Wyoming Center and Kelly Walsh High School.
Please note, the championship game will be featured in a separate story. These are for the consolation games and the third-place game.
Game 12: Sheridan 58 Green River 46 (3rd place game)
The Sheridan Broncs capped a great run at the state tournament with a third-place finish after beating Green River 58-46 on Saturday in Casper at the 4A girls state basketball tournament.
Samantha Spielman scored 14 points to lead four Sheridan players in double figures.
The teams traded the lead four times in the opening half. Green River had an 11-8 advantage after the first. Sheridan came back in the second and led 21-17 at the break.
It went back-and-forth in the third quarter with four lead changes. Sheridan had a 38-36 lead at the start of the fourth. The Broncs started to pull away in the fourth. The final margin was their largest lead of the game.
Sheridan shot 44 percent in the game, which included 57 percent in the second half. Brook Larson added 12 points, while Sydni Bilyeu and Ellie Williams contributed 10 points apiece. The Broncs had 28 points off 20 Green River turnovers. Sheridan also outrebounded the Wolves, 37-24. The Broncs had 14 offensive rebounds that led to 13 second-chance points.
Green River got 13 points from both Daryn Macy and Megan Counts. Kelsi Angelovich scored 12. The Wolves played without leading scorer Kayde Strauss, who was out with an injury. Green River shot 38 percent in the game.
This was the ninth time in school history the Broncs finish in third-place at the state tournament according to wyoming-basketball.com.
Game 10: Star Valley vs. Thunder Basin (consolation championship)
Game 8: Star Valley 39 Cheyenne Central 38 (consolation semifinal)
McKenna Brog scored 15 points and helped Star Valley hold off Cheyenne Central in a consolation game on Saturday at the 4A state tournament in Casper.
A 12-0 run to end the first half gave the Braves a 23-14 lead at the break. The Indians chipped away in the third quarter. They pulled within four until Star Valley's Addie Butler got an offensive rebound and putback at the end of the period. It was 29-23 Braves entering the fourth.
Central's Kelsey Basart hit a pair of big 3-pointers in the final period. She banked in a shot from deep that cut it to 35-32. Her second triple trimmed it to 38-36. Basart stole the inbound pass, got fouled, and made both free throws. That tied the game at 38-38.
After a timeout, Star Valley's Emma Thomson was fouled and made one free throw for a 39-38 lead with 4.7 seconds remaining.
Central's Mia Gerig tried a half-court shot at the buzzer, but it was no good.
The Braves shot 35 percent from the field. They had 13 offensive rebounds that led to nine points.
The Indians shot 32.6 percent. Basart scored a game-high 18 points.
Both teams had 19 turnovers in the game.
Star Valley will play Thunder Basin in the consolation championship at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Kelly Walsh High School.
Game 9: Thunder Basin 72 Natrona County 70 (consolation semifinal)
Thunder Basin kept its season alive with a 72-70 victory over Natrona County in a 4A girls consolation game on Saturday in Casper.
The Bolts rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to beat the Fillies at Kelly Walsh High School.
Breckyn Hamlin had the go-ahead lay-up with 36 seconds left. She also made one of two free throws with 8.2 seconds left that provided the final margin.
Joelie Spelts scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the game to lead Thunder Basin. Gabby Drube had 14 points, all in the second half. Kate Hladky added 12 points, and Kinsley Larson contributed 10. The Bolts shot 37 percent from the floor. They scored 23 points off 27 turnovers by the Fillies.
Natrona County had five players score in double digits. They were paced by Megan Hagar with 16 points. The Fillies shot 48 percent for the game.
The Fillies raced out to double-figure leads in each of the first three quarters. Every time Thunder Basin cut it down. It was 21-16 NC at the end of the first period. The Fillies built a 14-point lead in the second, but back came the Bolts, who trimmed it to 40-33 by halftime.
In the third, Natrona took its biggest lead, and they had a 60-51 edge entering the fourth quarter.
Seventeen second-half turnovers by the Fillies were part of their undoing. Thunder Basin scored 21 points in the final frame for the victory, which snapped a two-game skid.
Thunder Basin will play Star Valley for the consolation title at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Kelly Walsh High School.