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CHRONICLE January 12, 2012 i The Lovell Chronicle I 9 BY DAVID PECK Midterms were on the table for the Lovell Lady Bulldogs over the week- end, and the defending state champions passed the big test. First, the Lady Bulldogs opened conference play at home Friday night and clob- bered the Greybull Lady Buffs 54-18. The top-ranked Lady Bulldogs then took to the road Saturday to battle the second-ranked Tongue Riv- er Eagles, and senior Jodi Walker's two clutch free throws in overtime gave the Lovell squad a 41-40 victory. Traveling on to Sheridan to meet the Wright Panthers, the Lady Bulldogs won go- ing away, 59-31, Saturday evening. There will be another key test for the Lady Bull- dogs this Friday night when the tough Thermopolis Lady Bobcats come to town for a conference game at 5:30 (JVs at 4). Saturday's game with Wind River has been can- celled due to a scheduling conflict. Wind River is play- ing at Thermop Saturday afternoon, so the Saturday night game at Lovell has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled, Athletic Di- rector Joe Koritnik said. GREYBULL WIN Defense ruled for the Lady Bulldogs in their win against Greybull Friday night at home. Lovell al- lowed only seven baskets in the game, one each in the first and second quarters as Lovell outscored the Buffs 10-3 and 15-4 to lead 25-7 at halffime. 'Tee thought we could challenge them with our man pressure defense and were able to cause fits with our pressure," coach Chris Edwards said. "We picked them up high and were able to dictate their offense, though a couple of times they did beat us offthe drib- ble." Lovell gradually built a 10-0 lead in the first period as Amanda Shumway had a pair of baskets on mid- range jumpers, but the of- fense didn't come easily and Lovell led 10-3 at the end of BY PATTI CARPENTER The RMHS girls basket- ball team got off to a slow start in their game with Burlington that was held on Friday night on Grizz territory, ultimately falling 32-28 to the Huskies "Offensively, we played pretty inconsistent the first half," said Coach Ryan Boettcher. "Although we had some good individual efforts, we were a little bit all over the place." Kallee Jo Wilson was the high scorer with 14 points overall. Many of those points were made in the first half. "She (Wilson) had a good first half for us, as far as scoring goes, but as far as the team goes, we strug- gled offensively throughout the game," said Boettcher. "It seems like our girls were quite a bit out of synch, and we just never got it togeth- er, which surprised me be- cause I thought we had a pretty good week of prac- tice." Shauna Loman brought in 5 points, Karli Leon- hardt 4, Mandee Leonhardt and Brianna Hocker scored 2 points each and Isabel Gurrola scored 1. "For whatever reason, we just didn't have people where they were supposed the quarter. "Greybull played a 2-3 zone, and we missed some easy opportunities at the basket in the first part of the game," Edwards said. "Then Alyssa and Leanne started knocking down jump shots." Alyssa Geiser and Le- anne Winterholler each drained a pair of three- pointers in the second quar- ter as Lovell extended the lead with a 15-4 advantage. "They're a tough tan- dem to deal with," Edwards said of his talented wings. It was more of the same in the third as Geiser hit two treys and Winterholler scored a trey and a deuce, joined by Shumway with two buckets. Lovell out- scored Greybull 17-6 to lead 42-13 after three. "Amanda has started knocking down her perime- ter shots, too, which gives us a third threat from the out- side," Edwards noted. "De- fensively, Erin (Robertson) controlled the middle." Lovell won the fourth 12-5 to win by 36 points Geiser fmished with 16 points and four assists, Win- terholler 15 points, six as- sists and four steals. Aman- da Shumway added 11 points, Robertson 6 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Kim Shum- way grabbed six boards off the bench. The box score: GREYBULL (18) Michaela Denniston 0 1-2 1, Jes- sica Hunt 3 0-3 6, Ceirra Carlson 3 0-0 6, Soila Her'nandez 0 0-0 0, Kirbi Anderson 1 1-2 3, Brett Stephens 0 0-0 0, Lindsay Kern 0 1-2 1, Biri Gallegos 0 1-2 1. Totals 74-11 18. LOVELL (54) Alyssa Geiser 6 0-O 16, Jodi Walker 0 0-0 0, Lauren Hinckley 0 0-0 0, Leanne Winterholler 6 0-0 15, Kas- sidy Hetland 0 1-2 1, Kim Shumway 1 1-2 3, Amanda Shumway 5 1-1 11, Chelsey Ellis 1 0-0 2, Hannah McCurley 0 0-0 0, Erin Robertson 3 0-1 6, Emilee Reasch 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 3-6 54. Greybull 3 4 6 5- 18 Lovell 10 15 17 12 - 54 Three-point field goals - Geiser 4, Winterholler 3. Fouled out - none. Total fouls- Greybul110, Lovel114. BIG WIN AT TR Saturday found the Lady Bulldogs in Dayton, DAVID PECK Lovell junior Chelsey Ellis fires up a baseline jumper against Greybull during Friday night's 54- 18 win at Winterholler Gym. The Lady Bulldogs host Thermopolis Friday for a key conference game. where they met the tough, second-ranked Tongue Riv- er Lady Eagles The game was close all the way. TR led 9-7 after the first quar- ter and built a seven-point lead late in the first half be- fore Chelsey Ellis nailed a three-pointer to cut the lead to four at the half, 22-18. A trey by Amanda Shumway, her second of the game, cut the Eagle lead to one, 22-21, and she fol- lowed with a steal and layup as Lovell took a 24-22 lead. Tongue River battled back to lead 29-26 after three. Lovell regained the lead, 31-29, on a Geiser trey and built the lead to four, 35- 31, on a baseline jumper by Robertson. But Tongue Riv- er cut the lead to two, then tied the score on a buzzer- beating jumper by Tiana Mitchell, sending the game into overtime. 'Tee knew where the ball was going, and you couldn't ask Leanne to de- fend her better," Edwards said. "She was right on her and had a hand in her face. Mitchell just hit a step-back jumper from the left wing." Tongue River took the lead in overtime, but an of- fensive rebound and follow shot by Amanda Shumway cut the TR lead to one, 40- 39. Lovell fouled to stop the clock with eight seconds left, Edwards said, but the Ea- gles missed the ensuing free throw and fouled rebound- er Jodi Walker. She hit the first to tie the game at 40, and TR called time out to ice her. The senior calmly hit the second to win the game as the Lovell defense forced a traveling call after the in- bounds pass. 'You couldn't ask for a more competitive basketball game," Edwards said. "I was disappointed in the num- ber of turnovers we had, but they put on a full-court 2-2- 1 and we just made passes at their hand level instead of ~i:!!~iii!iiiiiii! PATti CARPENTER Lady Grizz player Karli Leonhardt blasts past a Burlington defender during the game held on Friday at RMHS. to be," said Boettcher. mentum needed to be back Boettcher thought the in contention. second half looked better, "I don't think we were especially the last quarter outsized so much as we of the game, but it was too were outworked throughout late to really gain the mo- the game," .said Boettcher. "They (Burlington) were getting a lot of offensive re- bounds and we weren't get- ting hardly any. They didn't do anything extraordinary. They just got themselves in better positions and just outplayed and outworked US." Boettcher plans to have the girls work on their of- fense in practice this week and hopes they will be in- spired to play harder next time. "The team is going to have to make some adjust- ments if we want things to go in our favor in the fu- ture, because we're going to see teams now who are go- ing to put a lot of pressure on us." said Boettcher. On Friday night, the girls will play St. Stephen's at home at 4 and 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, they will travel to Ethete to play Wyoming Indian at 12 and 1:30 p.m. "The Wyoming Indi- an girls are playing pretty good right now, so I know we're going to have good competition down there," said Boettcher. "I don't know a whole lot about St. Stephen's, except that they will be aggressive and not afraid to foul us, and we will have to be prepared for that kind of game again." pass-faking and making the appropriate pass "Amanda had a phe- nomenal game. She had 15 points and also had three or four steals in the third quar- ter that changed the mo- mentum." A filming error left the team without any statistics beyond scoring, but Amanda Shumway scored 15 points, Geiser 8, Ellis 6, Walker and Robertson 5 each and Win- terholler 2. The box score: LOVELL (41) Alyssa Geiser 3 0-0 8, Jodi Walker 1 3-5 5, Leanne Winterholler 1 0-0 2, Kim Shumway 0 0-2 0, Amanda Shumway 5 3-3 15, Chelsey Ellis 2 1-2 6, Erin Robertson 2 1-3 5. Totals 14 8-15 41. T. RIVER (40) Sarah Rawlings 1 1-3 3, Cierra Cooley 0 0-0 0, Tiana Mitchell 3 0-0 8, Sarah Nielsen 5 3-5 13, Tara Stimpson 3 2-2 8, Ashley Bolin 1 0-0 2, Eryn Askamit 2 0-2 4, Tianne Main 0 2-2 2. Totals 15 8-14 40. Lovell 7 11 8 9 6-41 T. River 9 13 7 6 5 - 40 Three-point field goals - Geiser 2, A. Shumway 2, Ellis 1; Mitchell 1. Fouled out - Stimpson. Total fouls - Lovel112, TR 17. EASIER TIME After the exhausting battle in Dayton, the Lady Bulldogs traveled to the Sheridan College Golden Dome to take on the Wright Lady Panthers Saturday evening. The game was tied 9-9 midway through the first quarter, and then the Lady Bulldogs launched a 30-0 run to lead 39-9 be- fore Wright hit a late shot to make it 39-11 at halftime. The two teams traded bas- kets in the second half as Lovell won 59-31. 'Tee were able to play our full roster. The girls were a little slow defen- sively, then went on that 30-0 run," Edwards said. 'Tee were able to use solid penetration by Alyssa and Leanne and create a lot of turnovers in our full-court pressures." Robertson went to town inside against the Panthers, hitting seven of nine shots en route to a game-high 16 points. Geiser finished with 8 points and five assists, Winterholler and Amanda Shumway 8 points each, El- lis 7 points and three steals, Kim Shumway 4 points and six rebounds. The box score: LOVELL (59) Alyssa Geiser 3 0-0 8, Jodi Walker 0 2-2 2, Lauren Hinckley 1 0-2 3, Leanne Winterholler 4 0-0 8, Kas- sidy Hetland 0 0-0 0, Kim Shumway 2 0-3 4, Hannah McCurley 0 0-0 0, Amanda Shumway 4 0-0 8, Chelsey Ellis 3 1-2 7, Erin Robertson 7 2-3 16, Miranda Griffis 0 1-2 1, Emilee Reasch 1 0-2 2. Totals 25 6-16 59. WRIGHT (31) Fauber I 0-0 2, Jones 1 0-0 2, Fuller 4 0-1 8, Belt 3 5-6 11, Yeradi 2 0-0 4, Segelke 2 0-2 4. Totals 13 5-9 31. Lovell 22 17 11 9 - 59 Wright 9 2 6 14-31 Three-point field goals - Geiser 2, Hinckley 1. Fouled out - Segelke. Total fouls - Lovell 9, Wright 14. BIG CONFERENCE GAME The Lady Bulldogs will be home Friday for a key conference game when the Thermopolis Lady Bobcats come to town. Thermop is 2-0 in the 2A Northwest with wins over Rocky Moun- tain and Greybull and 8-4 overall, with recent close losses to class 4A schools Evanston and Casper Kelly Walsh and a win over River- ton. Tip-off times are 4 (JV) and 5:30 p.m. at Winterhol- ler Gym. 'TCe'll find out where we're at in the confer- ence race," Edwards said. "They were able to compete against two 4A teams over the weekend and challenge both of them. They use a lot of full-court pressure and use their quick guards to create tempo. "They have good guards. Dana Bjorhus is a tough matchup for anybody. Shell score from the three-point line or take it inside. She can handle the ball off the dribble. I hope we can come out and control the pace." Thermop will host Wind River Saturday afternoon, meaning that the Wind River at Lovell game has been can- celled for Saturday evening. The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Cody for a non-con- ference game Tuesday at 4 (JV) and 5:45 p.m. Cody is 7-3 overall, 4-0 in the 3A West. s