Natrona had been slowed a bit in the first half in Afton, leading only 25-19. In the third quarter, the three-point baskets began to fall as the Mustangs moved to 14-0 with a 58-36 win over Star Valley.
While team leaders Michael Dietz and Tom Earl were having their usual night, the rest of the squad struggled with Star Valley’s team defense. However, in the third quarter, Cam Loe got hot and it spread to the rest of his team mates.
Loe scored ten of his 13 points in the second half while Jordan Dick, Max Gustafson, Zach Powell and Mario Harris all hit at least one from beyond the arc.
Nate Imeson led the way for the Braves with nine points and eight rebounds, but a relentless defense and cold-shooting saw the Braves fall behind after a competitive half of basketball.
Despite being whistled for over 20 fouls in the contest, the Mustangs depth was a key issue in the win as no player fouled out.
Meanwhile, Star Valley’s Jason Livingston fell hard late in the third quarter. While he returned to the bench in the fourth, his status is uncertain.
Dietz led all scorers with 15 while Earl finished with 12.
Up next for the Braves is a Saturday afternoon clash with Kelly Walsh. The Trojans were outscored 40-18 in the second half of their conference opening in Evanston Friday night in a 65-45 loss.