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Last season was difficult on Rick Carroll and his Green River Lady Wolves. Not only did Green River only win six games, but they did so amid one of the unluckiest seasons in high school girls' basketball.

Throughout the course of the season the Wolves had five players suffer season-ending knee injuries. Most of them were -- or would have been -- prominent members of the team.

That included promising guards Kayde Strauss and Madelyn Heiser. Both of whom returned this season from freshmen and sophomore seasons ready to make an impact. And by the time the Wolves ended Friday at Kelly Walsh High School with a 2-0 record, they had.

Green River completed a mid-game comeback to beat Cody, 61-57.

"We're grateful that all the girls are back and they're so excited," Carroll said. "They were so excited Wednesday night, I was wondering if they were all going to foul out in the first two minutes, they were so ready for play.

"For some it had been a whole year, for some it had been longer than that. So they were just so excited and I was just excited for them."

The wait was worth it, as the Wolves opened their season with a win over Natrona County on Thursday, giving Carroll his 300th total at Green River. And Friday afternoon at Kelly Walsh High School presented a new opportunity.

Green River fell behind to Class 4A new arrival Cody 30-12 in the first half. The Wolves were on the ropes early against the up-tempo offense despite having the athletic guards to keep up.

"When (Cody senior Paige) Powell had to go out we took advantage of the post for three or four times and it just so happens we scored every time," "So we took a big chunk out then. Then in the second half we made tough little defense adjustments and I thought the girls did that really well and made it difficult for them to score."

The Wolves rallied from that deficit, which included a run of four straight scores -- three of them from 3 -- in the third quarter to take a 46-43 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The teams traded points through the next few minutes before Green River took a late lead and defensively shut down Cody, keeping the athletic Fillies from answering in the final minute.

"Yesterday was important because they hadn't won in so long that they were up for the whole game and they kind of tightened up in the fourth quarter," Carroll said. "Then they kind of relaxed today and then they tightened up to get it done and then they came back. Those are two important lessons to persevere and just see what happens. We're trying to learn that lesson."

Star Valley 52, Riverton 31

The Braves continued their perfect start to the season by cruising past an old 3A West Conference foe. Early struggles worked themselves out and Star Valley rode out the rest of the game at Natrona County High School for the win.

Laramie 59, Rock Springs 38

Following a disappointing, tough loss to Cody, the Lady Plainsmen were able to get their first win of the season by running through Rock Springs. Laramie senior Jennifer Aadland took over in the second half as the Lady Plainsmen built and maintained a comfortable 20-point lead.

Cheyenne South 44, Jackson 38

The Bison survived a defensive slugfest against Jackson. Both offenses struggled to score through loose balls and turnovers. South confidently walked towards the locker room at halftime with a 22-15 lead and kept the constant Jackson charge at bay the rest of the way.

Sheridan at Kelly Walsh

This game was not completed by Star-Tribune press deadlines.

Evanston at Natrona County

This game was not completed by Star-Tribune press deadlines.

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High School Sports Reporter

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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