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8 I The Lovell Chronicle I January 15, 2015 Rocky girls click in Thermop BY PATTI CARPENTER Rocky Mountain High School girls basketball Coach Eric Honeyman said he couldn't be more pleased with the performance of his girls this week at the Big Horn Basin Tournament in Thermopolis. Though they only won two of the four games played, they played their hearts out and he said he couldn't ask for more. "This was a great week- end for the girls," said Hon- eyman. "They really played as a team and when we play as a team, we play good basketball. When we don't, we struggle. It's as simple as that. This week- end I saw them play as a team and when they did, they looked great." The girls took on Wright in their first game of the tournament, beat- ing the high ranked team 45-37. "Wright is a good team from the east, a really good team, with a good record and we knew that," said Honeyman. "It was a signa- ture win for us." He said the girls played some of the best basket- ball he'd seen them play all season during the Wright game. "We out-scored, out-re- bounded, out-hustled and made all of our free throws," said Honeyman. "We did everything in all stages. It was a fun game to watch and a great win for us." Marissa Arnold led with 14 points and Mikae- la Hocker had 11. Sarah Jones rose to the occasion with 8, Olivia Higgins had 5. Summer Johnson had 2 and Maddy Hocker had 4. Mikaela Hocker led with 10 rebounds. Higgins and Jones had 7 apiece. Later that day the girls went up against Powell, one of the top-ranked 3A teams in the state. Hon- eyman said the girls were nervous and tired and fell hard to the tough Lady Panthers, 66-26. "I give their coaches and players a lot of cred- it," said Honeyman. "They are a powerhouse team. We were still tired from the earlier game with Wright and that hurt us for sure. We just didn't have any firepower left in us. So we got beat. It was as simple as that." Mikaela Hocker was the team's top scorer with 12 and Jones had 6. It was a tough game for Arnold, who scored far less than normal with 4. Maddie Crawford had 2 and Maddie Hocker also had 2. The girls began their next day with a game against another 3A oppo- nent from Buffalo. Though the girls had some good mo- ments, the ladies from Buf- falo pulled away in the final quarters, beating the Lady Grizz 48-25. "Sarah and Livia were very consistent and played very well in this game and during the entire week- end," said Honeyman. Arnold was the points leader with 10. Mikaela Hocker had 4 and Jones 3. Next up, the girls took on a more familiar rival, the Burlington Huskies. The tough small-town team gave the Grizz girls a good fight, but the girls pre- vailed by pulling ahead in the last two quarters, win- ning the close game 47-45. Honeyman said he was very impressed with the "youngsters" on the team, especially Johnson, Abby Arnold, Maddy Hock- er and Brianna Brumwell, who made significant con- tributions the entire tour- nament. He was also im- pressed with Higgins, who has become a strong re- bounder for the team. He noted that Jones and Hig- gins were both very con- sistent throughout the weekend. He said Arnold, Hocker and Crawford were team leaders he could count on, as always. The girls have two games ahead of them this weekend, on Friday, an away game with Big Horn (games at 1 and 2:30 p.m.) and on Saturday a home game with Wyoming In- dian (games starting at 1 p.m.). Honeyman said he ex- pects both to be tough op- ponents and they should be exciting games. "Big Horn is another high ranked team and Wy- oming Indian can always be expected to 'bring it.' Both should be good games," he said. Bulldog freshmen go 3-1 over the weekend BY SAM SMITH The Lovell Bulldogs freshman boys basketball team continued with their early-season success over the weekend as they won two of three games at the Buffalo Tournament Satur- day and defeated Greybull Monday at home. The Bulldogs defeated Greybull Monday 48-37. Lovell jumped out to a 20-7 lead after the first quarter and had an 8-3 ad- vantage in the second to lead 28-10 at halftime. Lovell was outscored 16-9 in the third quarter and tied with the Buffs 11- 11 in the fourth quarter but had enough to seal to victory. Brent Snyder poured in 19 points for the Bull- dogs and Kyle Wolvington scored 12, Jeremy Schnei- der 9 and Ben Cornia 8. BUFFALO TOURNEY The Bulldogs kicked off the Buffalo tournament Saturday by defeating the Torrington Trailblazers 49-28. Lovell led 11-3 in the first quarter and 14-10 in the second to lead 25-13 at half. Lovell kept things go- ing with a 14-5 advantage in the third and tied the Trailblazers 10-10 in the fourth to seal the win. Snyder led Lovell with 18 points and Wolvington added 14, Schneider 7, Cor- nia 4, Dalton Nixon 3, Will Lillard 2 and Porter Nich- ols 1. On Saturday afternoon, Lovell defeated the Wor- land Warriors 38-17. Af- ter shutting out Worland 19-0 in the first quarter and playing to a 7-5 edge in the second, the Bulldogs led 26-5 at half. Lovell tied with the Warriors 12-12 in the second half, but had enough to seal the victory. Snyder scored 9 points for the Bulldogs and Wolv- ington added 8, Schnei- der 7, Nichols 6, Cornia 5, Chance Wilson 2 and Lil- lard 1. "We had one of the bet- ter defense quarters I've ever seen," coach Michael Jameson said. "We had good total team effort." Lovell wrapped up the tournament by falling to host team Buffalo 44-35. Lovell led 10-8 after one quarter of play, but the Bulldogs were shut down in the second as they were outscored 17-2 to trail the' home team 25-12 at intermission. Lovell outscored Buffa- lo 23-19 in the second half but fell to the Bison by nine. Snyder poured in 17 points for the Bulldogs and Wolvington added 9, Schneider 4, Cornia 3 and Nichols 2. "It was just a good weekend overall," James- on said. "The Buffalo game was a good game except the one quarter where we dug a hole and we couldn't dig ourselves out. We just had some good team wins and excellent improvements de- fensively. We still need to work on free throws as we are under 50 percent as a team for the season." Now 7-1 on the season, the Bulldogs will host the Powell Panthers Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Grizzlies 2-2 at Worland tournament BY DAVID PECK The Rocky Moun- tain Grizzlies had ups and downs during the Big Horn Basin Classic in Worland over the weekend though then generally played pret- ty well, coach Michael Sim- mons said. Rocky went 2-2 during the two days of action, beat- ing Ten Sleep on Friday 60-20, falling to eventu- al champion Powell 64-45, falling to Lovell 53-49 and stopping Burlington 56-45. The Grizz rolled over the Ten Sleep Pioneers in the first game, blasting out to a 20-2 lead after the first quarter, then outscor- ing Ten Sleep 26-2 in the second to lead 46-4 at half- time. Simmons then emp- tied his bench in the sec- ond half, and Ten Sleep outscored the Grizz by two, t6-14. "They're down," Sim- mons said ofTen Sleep. "We knew we had to get ready for Powell, but it was one extreme to the next. You can't play soft, so we went out and played aggressive- ly. It's hard to do whatever you want in one game and play the winner of the tour- nament in the next." Ten players scored for the Grizzlies including Tanner Coleman, returning to the lineup after a minor injury, with 15 points. Kir- by Winland added 9 points, Cole Simmons 8, Bill De- spain 7, Cannon Simmons 5, John Higgins, Caleb Hor- rocks and Dylan Williams 4 each, Cordell McFarlane and Travis Banks 2 apiece. Winland had seven re- bounds and five blocks in two quarters of play, and likewise Cannon Simmons had four assists and three steals in the first half. Cole- man had four assists, as well. LOSS TO POWELL Playing Powell about three hours after the Ten Sleep finish, the Grizzlies had to suddenly adjust to a much stronger team. "They're a good team. They've had good success the last couple of years," Simmons said. "They won this tournament last year... For the most part we played pretty good. We started off slow, which continues to curse us, and got down by six or seven, but we came back. "We tried to transition from the Ten Sleep game to that game, and once we did, we did some good things. We struggled to recognize where our opportunities were, and Powell's strong and athletic. You, have to play well with a team like that, and some early foul trouble didn't help." Powell led 11-9 after the first quarter and 30- 22 at halftime. Rocky cut the deficit to five, 46-41, with a 19-16 third-quarter edge, then pulled to with- in three points a couple of times in the fourth before two three-pointers by the Panthers boosted the lead again. Winland led the Grizz with 17 points, and Cole- man added 12, Cannon Sim- mons 9, Despain 8, Banks 4, Higgins 3 and Cole Sim- mons 2. Winland finished with nine rebounds, three steals and three blocks, De- spain eight rebounds and four assists, Cannon Sim- mons four assists, as well. LOSS TO LOVELL The Grizz met their North Big Horn County ri- vals, the Lovell Bulldogs, at noon on Saturday and fell to the Bulldogs 53-49. The game was close through- out, as Lovell led 11-9 af- ter the first quarter, 22-16 at halftime and 38-30 af- ter three quarters before the Grizzlies battled back to outscore Lovell 19-15 in the fourth in an attempt to seize the victory. "They controlled the boards 42-24," Simmons said. "I felt we didn't come out with the energy we needed to until the fourth quarter. It's like we said, DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain senior Kirby Winland puts on a move against a pair of Tongue River defenders during Rocky's 68-50 win on Jan. 8 in Cowley. The Grizzlies host the Wyoming Indian Chiefs Saturday afternoon. 'Boy, we need to play or we'll get beat.' I'm still try- ing to figure out how to be motivated game in, game out. We need to come to play in every game. You'd think for a Lovell game we'd be ready to play no matter the circumstances." Simmons said three-pointers by Tan- ner Coleman, Bill Despain and back-to-back treys by Cole Simmons powered the fourth-quarter comeback for the Grizzlies. "I was proud of the kids for fighting to the end," Simmons said. "Obviously I would like them to fight a little earlier. We need to find a way to create that sense or urgency on every possession." Five of the seven Griz- zlies who played scored. Despain led the team with 12 points and Cole Sim- mons added 11, Cannon Simmons and Coleman 9 each and Winland 8. Win- land led the team with 11 rebounds, and Despain dished off four assists, Can- non Simmons three. Cole- man finished with five steals, Despain four. SATURDAY FINALE The Grizzlies ,.placed seventh with a 56-45 win over the Burlington Hus- kies Saturday afternoon. The Huskies were without Jess McNiven, which al- lowed Winland to operate more freely inside, Sim- mons said. The senior cen- ter went to town, scoring 20 points, grabbing 10 re- bounds and passing for five assists. Rocky led 9-7 after the first quarter, then extended the lead with a 23-17 sec- ond-quarter advantage to lead 32-24. Burlington cut into the lead to trail 41-36 after three, but Rocky won the fourth 15-9 to win. "Burlington played a great tournament," Sim- mons said. "They played Glenrock very tough and led Lander through 2 quarters. They didn't play their A game (against Rocky). They had mental- ly and physically exerted a lot of energy. We did have two games (to rest) between Lovell and Burlington, and they had one. But we had a bench of two because there was a JV game at the same time." Simmons said the Grizz played a much better game than the previous two. "We had better chem- istry," he said. "We played with a little more sense of urgency and did a real- ly good job of recognizing where the good shots were. We want to pass up a good or better shot for a best shot. That's the way teams win in March." Adding to Winland's scoring were Coleman with 9 points, Col.e Simmons 7, Caleb Horrocks and Can- non Simmons 6 each, Hig- gins and Despain 4 apiece. BIG WEEKEND Now 7-3, the Grizzlies will travel to Big Horn Fri- day to meet the Rams, with tipoff times of 1 (JV), 2:30 (girls) and 4 p.m. Simmons said the Rams are big, physical and athlet- ic, a reflection of their suc- cess in football. Although only 5-6 on the season, four of their six losses haxie come to top-five teams. "We've never had an easy game over there," Sim- mons said. The Grizz host the Wy- oming Indian High School Chiefs Saturday afternoon with the "same 1, 2:30, 4 game times. The key to the Chiefs is sophomore point guard Buell Robinson and whether he's on the floor or the bench with foul trouble, Simmons said. "You've got to control him," he said. "He's a good player. He proved that at State last year and he makes WIHS the team they are right now." cV00For00i ctf-..  .[oVt[cr oli ct. co