NC vs. Evanston Girls Basketball

Natrona County’s Jaye Johnson drives against Evanston’s Emmery Wagstaff Jan. 27 at Natrona County High School in Casper.

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

The last time Jaye Johnson played basketball at Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gymnasium, she scored a game-high 12 points to lead the Natrona Fillies to an first-round victory over Cheyenne Central in the 2017 Wyoming State High School Girls Basketball Championships.

On Monday it was solidified that Johnson will return to the The Swede and be able to call it home.

With Casper College women’s basketball head coach Dwight Gunnare to her right, Johnson signed her letter of intent with the Thunderbirds just outside of Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym. “It just seemed like the best fit,” Johnson said. “It’s a good school and I like the coach.”

In her senior season at Natrona the shooting guard finished in the top ten of Class 4A in scoring (12.4 points per game), blocks (1.0), 3-point percentage (37 percent) and free throw percentage (71 percent).

She’s an athletic guard that can stretch the court and can score from the outside or inside. That versatility was appealing to Gunnare, who envisions Johnson staying as a shooting guard or possibly moving her to the wing next season.

“She has good length,” Gunnare said. “She shoots the ball really well and that’s one of her strong suits.”

Follow sports reporter Brady Oltmans on Twitter @Brady_CST

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Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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