Johnson Girls Help Natrona Bury Laramie [VIDEO]
Kevin Koile – wyopreps.com
Highlights of the Friday, December 7th Girls Basketball game, between #5 Laramie at #3 Natrona.
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Trailing 7-1 after 1 quarter, the Fillies go on a 21-0 tear to start the 2nd, and put the Lady Plainsmen away with a 25-0 run in the 3rd. The Johnson girls combined for 47 of NC’s 64 points.
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Number 5 Laramie and Number 3 Natrona in a re-match of last season’s state championship game…first quarter…Laramie wearing the maroon…Madison Legerski gets a friendly bounce on the trey and that ball is going in…and the defending 4A state champs are on the board first leading 3-to-nothing.
If the name sounds familiar…it should…her dad is Joe Legerski…the head coach of the University of Wyoming women’s basketball team…she’ll add on 2 more of her 12 points right here, to give the Lady Plainsmen a 5-zip advantage.
Let’s try someone else…watch this move by senior Katie Kuhn…she’ll fake everyone but the camera on this drive and lay-up…the visitors had to feel pretty good, scoring the first 7 points of the game, and that’s where we stand for the moment.
It took awhile for Natrona to get going…they were just trying to figure out their opponent. Gabby Johnson comes up with that swat, and that was her way of saying that’s enough girls…but the Fillies needed some offense, because they were down 7-to-1 after the first 8 minutes.
Second quarter…once NC got going…there was no stopping them. Veronique Gallegos is going to get this party started with a bang…and that 3-ball in the side pocket has her team right back in this game, trailing 7-to-6.
Then it was time for the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year to get in on the act…Kaylee Johnson…offensive board…putback…foul…you’re going to see a lot from the junior…I’ll give you her totals later…home team now leads 11-to-7.
Of course…she wasn’t the only Johnson on the floor. We also have Gabby Johnson…a junior as well…she got a little swirly on this bucket and that would boost the score up to 13-to-7.
How about some defense? Kaylee is 6’2” and that’s on the tall side for girls…Laramie seriously had to rethink their game plan after that one got rejected with ease. That was almost nothing.
Everything was clicking for last year’s state runner-ups…Gabby takes the inbounds…scores and 1. She put up some good numbers as well…19 for her…the Fillies have an 18-to-7 advantage at this point.
Natrona’s giddy-up and go was still going. They owed the opposition one, after last year’s undefeated season bid was ruined. Gabby is open in the lane…her team-mates find her and she gets 2 more…that was part of a 21-to-zip run, to put the home team up by a count of 22-to-7.
The visitors needed some points badly, or else things were going to get worse. Megan Dooley will stop the bleeding with a 3 from the corner…her team had to get back into this one, trailing 22-to-10.
The long ball was starting to work…and Laramie was finding a hot spot. Legerski is in the same corner…causing trouble…and the score was getting a little more respectable now…it’s 22-to-14.
More some the same spot…and it’s Legerski again…and she’ll find nothing but the bottom of the net and 3 more points. Her team had a chance after giving up that earlier run. The Lady Plainsmen were down 25-to-17, going into the locker room.
3rdquarter…it was literally, all Natrona, and you’re about to find out why it was. Gabby Johnson got things going, by scoring inside again…and the lead is back into double-digits…it’s 27-17.
And then Kaylee Johnson took over for awhile. Great spin move inside the lane and the paint is clear for an easy layup. That was a sign of things to come, the scoreboard now reads, 31-to-17.
Of course it was more than just the Johnson girls. Here’s Gallegos again. She maybe the smallest on the team at 5’4”, but she’s got some speed and she can score as well. Her team is up 33-to-17.
Here comes more from Kaylee…she’s back in to make a deposit at the bank…and the foul…the Fillies now have the score doubled up and then some…35-17 home team leads.
I told you this quarter was all NC…because the opposition put up a zero! Meanwhile…Gabby is at the top of the key…opening the door for 3…and this game was already out of control…44-to-17 and we’re still going.
…and at times Johnson and Johnson were teaming up to get their points. Gabby feeds Kaylee and she’ll take care of the rest. Natrona outscored Laramie 25-to-nothing in the 3rd quarter…and led 50-to-17, going into the final 8 minutes.
4th quarter…we’re almost done…even though this game was done a long time ago. Kaylee had a field day scoring up close, drawing fouls, making free throws. You give her a chance and she’ll take it…Fillies are now up 55-to-20.
As for her point total…28…and she outscored the entire opposition. She could not be stopped. Natrona got some major payback from last season’s title game…as they gave Laramie the business inside the orange dungeon…64-to-27.