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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I January 15, 2015 Lady Bulldogs place second at Thermopolis BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Lady Bull- dogs again showed they can play with the best in 3A as they placed second at the Big Horn Basin Classic in Thermopolis over the week- end with a 2-1 record. After receiving a first round bye, the Lady Bull- dogs clobbered Burling- ton Friday night, 64-25, af- ter Burlington had opened with an 18-15 win over 3A Glenrock earlier in the day. On Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs edged 3A East power Worland 55-54, then fell to Powell in the champi- onship game, 55-51. "I was pleased with how we came out of the break," Coach Chris Edwards said. "It's challenging to have a three-week gap between games." Edwards said the Lady Bulldogs "shook off a little rust" in the first quarter against Burlington and led the intra-county foe 15-2 after one. He said it took a while for the girls to get back in the swing of things, and they missed several early layups. The Lady Bulldogs won the second 19-13 to lead 34-15 at halftime, then crushed the Huskies 30-10 in the second half. "Our pressure was able to create a lot of turnovers," Edwards said, noting that he mixed full-court man and 1-2-2 zone defenses. The Lady Bulldogs forced 30 turnovers and finished the game with a remark- able 25 steals. "We made them play at a pace that was quick- er than they're comfortable with," he added. "Chayli (McArthur) had a lot of bas- kets in transition and ran the floor really well. Each girl got involved and was able to contribute." Chayli McArthur fin- ished with 17 points for Lovell, Savanna Savage 9, Madison Harper, Emilee Reasch and Charri McAr- thur 8 each, Lauren Hinck- ley 5, Kaitlyn Mickelson 4, Mykelle Nichols 3 and Sara Clark 2. Chayli McArthur finished with 12 steals, and Nichols had eight assists. Reasch led the team with 11 rebounds, and Mickelson snared eight caroms. WIN OVER WORLAND Saturday found the Lady Bulldogs meeting a tough Worland team that Edwards called "one of the top two or three teams out of the 3A East. "They finished sec- ond at State last year and brought back 80 percent of DAVID PECK Lovell senior center Emilee Reasch powers inside for 2 points during a win over Wyoming Indian earlier this season. The Lady Bulldogs topped Cody 49-31 Tuesday night in their first 3A West Conference game of the season. their team," he said. "The game was evenly matched throughout. Each of us would get up by six or eight and the .other team would match it and come back. Down the stretch we forced them to take shots over our extended hands and we also took better control of the ball in the second half." The game was tied 9-9 after the first quarter, and Worland led 25-24 at half- time. Worland outscored Lovell 18-15 in the third quarter to lead 43-39 af- ter three, but a 16-11 ad- vantage in the fourth quar- ter propelled the Bulldogs to the 55-54 win. Hinckley scored 7 of her 9 points in the fourth quarter. "We were down by eight in the third quarter and slowly chipped away," Ed- wards said. "We took the lead with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Chayli and Emilee were both able to convert some baskets right at the rim (in the second half) on good en- try passes from our guards. Chayli also had a key steal at half-court and was able to get a transition layup." Edwards said Lovell led 55-51 before Worland hit a three-pointer at the buzzer. "This was a key win for us," he said. "It proved we can compete with top lev- el teams from the east and make pressure plays to win a tight ballgame." Chayli McArthur again led the team with 18 points, and Reasch had a strong all-around game with 10 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Hinckley finished with 9 points and six as- sists, and Nichols and Sav- age added 6 points each, Charri McArthur 4 and Harper 2. TOURNEY FINALE The Lady Bulldogs dug themselves a big hole in the championship game, falling behind Powell 13-8 after the first quarter and 29-17 by halftime. Lovell edged Powell 15-14 in the third quarter, then outscored the Lady Panthers 19-12 in the final quarter to pull close, falling by four, 55-51. "We had some men- tal breakdowns early and made poor decisions with the ball," Edwards said. "That led to turnovers, which limited our opportu- nities to score." Keeping the Lady Bull- dogs within striking dis- tance was Charri McAr- thur. The junior guard hit eight of 11 shots en route to a game-high 19 points. "Charri came off the bench and sparked us," Ed- wards said. "She kept us in the game with her pe- rimeter shooting. In the second quarter we were a little lazy in our zone de- fense and didn't rotate fast enough. They were able to knock down some perime- ter shots." Hinckley sparked the Lady Bulldogs during the fourth-quarter comeback as the senior hit a trio of treys en route to 11 points in the final eight minutes. "I was pleased with the girls," Edwards said. "They battled back and actual- ly got within two points in the final seconds. Powell hit enough free throws (8-11) to win." Charri McArthur scored 19 points, Hinck- ley 14, Reasch 7, Chayli McArthur 4, Nichols 3 and Harper:and Savage 2 each, Reasc grabbed seven re- bounds, Chayli McArthur six. Nichols dished off nine assists. Chayli McArthur was named to the select all-tour- nament team, Edwards noted. WIN AT CODY The Lady Bulldogs opened 3A West Conference play Tuesday night in Cody and beat the Fillies 49-31. They will be off this week- end, then host Powell and Thermopolis the weekend of Jan. 23-24. Lady Bulldog freshman squad drops four but improves BY SAM SMITH The Lovell High School freshman girls basketball team played tough over the weekend at the Buffalo Tournament Saturday and again Tuesday at Greybull. The Bulldogs fell to the Greybull Lady Buffs Tues- day 33-28. Mikkel McIntosh scored 10 points for Lovell and Hallee Nielson added 6, Mandi Baxendale 5, Madi- son Bryson 4, Bailey Mitch- ell 2 and Kendal Rasmus- sen 1. The Lady Bulldogs opened up the Buffalo Tour- nament Saturday by fall- ing to Torrington in a close game, 39-35. Lovell was outscored 14-6 after the first quarter and 11-4 in the second to trail 25-10 at half. Lovell battled back by outscoring the Lady Trail- blazers 11-7 in the third and 14-7 in the fourth, but fell short by four points. McIntosh poured in 21 points for the Lady Bull- dogs and Richellena Rule added 4, Rasmussen 3, Bai- ley Mitchell, Bryson and Nielson 2 each and Baxen- dale 1. Saturday afternoon, Lovell fell to Worland 49-26. Lovell edged the Lady Warriors in the first quarter 8-7 but was outscored 15-2 in the second to trail 22-10 at intermission. The Lady Bulldogs were outscored 19-12 in the third and were edged 8-7 in the fourth. McIntosh poured in 22 points for Lovell and Bryson added 5, Baxendale 2. Lovell finished up the tournament falling to host team Buffalo 32-22. McIntosh scored 11 points for the Lady Bull- dogs and Baxendale, Mitch- ell and Bryson added 3 apiece and Rasmussen 2. "We are still getting better," Coach Stormy Jameson said. "Our compe- tition has just been playing at a higher level, but we're getting there and improving every game even though our record doesn't show it." The Lady Bulldogs will host Powell Tuesday for a 5 p.m. tip-off. Grizzly freshman top Greybull BY SAM SMITH The Rocky Mountain High School freshman boys basketball squad had a busy three-game week, travel- ing to Greybull Thursday, hosting Cody Monday and traveling to Basin to face Riverside Tuesday. The busy week started off Thursday as the Grizz defeated the Greybull Buffs 57-39 in Greybull. Rocky trailed 13-11 af- ter one quarter then got things going in the second with a 13-5 advantage to lead 24-18 at halftime. In the third, Rocky was outscored by the Buffs 19- 14 as Rocky's lead was cut to one at 38-37 after three quarters of play. In the fourth quarter, the Grizz weren't going to let this game get away from them as they shut down Greybull with a 19-2 run to seal the victory. Tristan Jewell scored 13 points and Jonathan Allred added 12, Colby Da- vison and Lathan May 8 each, Zac Zier 6, Landon Townsend and Wyatt Hor- rocks 3 and Scott Banks 2. "We had a lot better co- hesiveness today," coach Justin Moss said. "We changed our rotations and played with more tempo. This created more turn- overs and better shots. It was a good team win for us, especially after losing to Greybull the first time. On Monday, Rocky fell to the Cody Broncs 55-45 in Cowley. The Grizz trailed Cody 14-9 after the first and were outscored 18-12 in the sec- ond to trail 32-21 at half. After the visitors from Cody outscored Rocky 17-8 in the third, the Grizz were able to outscore the Broncs 16-6 in the fourth, but it was not enough to get the win. Jewell poured in 10 points for Rocky and May scored 7, Zier and Davison 6 apiece, Allred and Banks 4 each, Horrocks, Treyson Frost and Townsend 2 each. On Tuesday, Rocky faced the Riverside Reb- els in Basin. No score was available by press time. The Grizz will host the Burlington Huskies Tues- day for a 6 p.m. tip-off. Seth Fuller qualifies in two more events for Powell BY SAM SMITH Rocky Mountain stu- dents Seth Fuller, a junior and Jared Fuller, a fresh- man, competed for the Powell High School boys swimming squad Friday at the Powell Triangular and Saturday at the Gene Dozah Invitational, also in Powell. At the Triangular, Seth qualified for State in the 500-yard freestyle, swimming in at 5:46.69 to place second. He also qual- ified for State in the 100- yard breaststroke with a second-place time of 1:17.46. In addition, Seth participated as the third leg in the 200-yard med- ley that placed first with a time of 1:54.12. Jared Fuller placed eighth in the 50-yard free- style Friday in Powell, fin- ishing with a time of 31.13 seconds, and he placed ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:27.78. He also par- ticipated in the 200-yard freestyle relay that fin- ished fourth with a time of 2:07.05. GENE DOZAH INVITE At the Gene Dozah Invitational, Seth Fuller placed third in the 50-yard free with a personal-best time of 24.48 and third in the 100-yard butter- fly at 1:02.77, also a per- sonal-best time. He par- ticipated in the 200-yard medley relay that placed second with a time of 1:53.13, and he also swam in the 200-yard freestyle relay that placed second with a time of 1:39.6. Jared Fuller finished 17th in the 200-yard free with a time of 2:25.13 and 10th in the 100-yard back- stroke at 1:13.87. Jar- ed participated with the 200-freestyle relay team that placed 10th with a time of 1:59.01 and the 400-yard freestyle team that placed ninth with a time of 4:39.44. Lady Bulldog JVs defeat Riverside, drop close game to Buffalo BY SAM SMITH the Buffalo Lady Bison in The Lovell Lady Bull- a close game, 41-40. dogs JV team went 1-1 at Lovell trailed 10-6 af- the Big Horn Basin Classic ter the first quarter but Tournament Friday and edged Buffalo 10-8 in the Saturday in Thermopolis. second to cut the Bison Lovell kicked off the lead to 18-16 at halftime. tournament Friday morn- In the third, Lovell ing by defeating the River- outscored the Lady Bison side Lady Rebels 78-38. 14-8 to gain the lead at Lovell started out of 30-26 going in to the final the gates quickly with a eight minutes. Lovell was 30-4 lead after the first outscored in the fourth 15- eight minutes and had a 10 to fall by just one point. 12-9 edge in the second to Arimura scored 9 lead 42-13 at half. points for Lovell and Both teams scored 14 Wardell added 7, Snell points in the third and and May 6, Flood, Mickel- Lovell put the finishing son and Clark 4 each. touches on the win with "That was another a 22-11 advantage in the hard fought game," Schef- fourth, tier said. "It was a disap- Emily Snell, Trysa pointing loss since we had Flood and Shelby Wardell a five-point lead with two scored 12 points each for minutes t o go. We had un- the Lady Bulldogs and timely turnovers that hurt  Eriko Arimura added 9, us down the stretch." Madison Harper and Kait- On Tuesday, the Lady lyn Mickelson 8 apiece, Bulldogs traveled to Cody Mikkel McIntosh 6, Sara to face the Fillies. Lovell Clark and Miranda May 4 fell to Cody 55-33. each and Madison Bryson Arimura scored 8 and Saki Yokota 2 apiece, points for the Lady Bull- "We had good balance dogs and Snell added 7, scoring in the Riverside May and Mickelson 4 game," Coach Dave Schef- apiece and Clark, Wardell tier said. "The kids played and Harper 2 each. hard and defended well." The Lady - Bulldogs On Saturday morning, will host Powell Jan. 23 the Lady Bulldogs fell to and Thermopolis Jan. 24. Grizzly JVs win two in Worland BY SAM SMITH The Rocky Mountain boys junior varsity team won two of three games at the Big Horn Basin Clas- sic in Worland Friday and Saturday. The Grizz opened up the tournament Friday by defeating Lovell 43-40. Rocky jumped out to an 11-6 lead after one quarter of play but Lovell answered with a 16-7 ad- vantage in the second as the Grizz trailed 22-18 at halftime. Rocky was not done as they edged Lovell 13-11 in the third and outscored the Bulldogs 12-7 in the fourth to win by three. Travis Banks poured in 15 points for the Grizz and Cole Wambeke scored 11, Dylan Williams 10, Cordell McFarlane 5 and Ben Estes 2. On Friday evening, Rocky crushed the Wright Panthers 60-21. The Grizz had the momentum with a 39-17 lead at intermission and outscored Wright 22-9 in the second half to seal the victory. Lathan May and Wambeke scored 10 points each for Rocky and McFarlane added 9, Es- tes 8, Ryker Everett and Williams 6 apiece, Tristan Jewell and Bhnks 4 each, Jared May 2 and Kelton Hennrich 1. On Saturday, the Grizz fell to the Glenrock Herders 46-32 as they were outscored 25-17 in the first half and 21-15 in the second to fall by 14. Wambeke scored 14 points for Rocky and Jew- ell poured in 5, L. May 3 and McFarlane, Banks, Hennrich, Everett and Williams 2 each. Now 6-2 on the sea- son, the Grizz will trav- el to Big Horn Friday to face the Rams at 1 p.m. On Saturday, Rocky will host the Wyoming Indian Chiefs for a 1 p.m. tip-off. Can't wait for the postman? 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