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January 16, 2014 i The Lovell Chronicle ] 11 Third-quarter storm dooms Grizz against Burlington DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain junior center Kirby Winland powers for a baseline jumper against the Burlington Huskies during Friday night's game in Cowley. BY DAVID PECK The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies did some good things in Friday night's battle with intradistrict ri- val Burlington in Cowley, including a 9-0 run that spanned portions of the second and third quarters and pulled the Grizz close. But Burlington's pow- er proved to be too much as the Huskies pulled away for a 65-36 win. The game was a de- fensive battle early as both teams did a good job shutting down the other's offense, but Burlington scored points on the offen- sive boards, in transition and off steals to take an early 11-2 lead before a 7-4 Rocky run cut the Burling- ton lead to six at the quar- ter break, 15-9. Burlington went to the foul line in the second quarter and built a 23- 12 lead, but the Grizz re- duced the lead to eight at intermission, 23-15. Rocky Mountain came out on fire in the third and quickly scored the first six points of the quarter on a John Higgins inside buck- et on a dish from Bill De- spain, a transition jump- er by Tanner Coleman and another Higgins basket on a zip pass from Kirby Winland. Rocky was close trailing 23-21, forcing a Burlington timeout. Whatever Coach Matt Davidson told his Huskies must have been taken to heart, because the squad turned up the intensity on defense and launched a 24-5 run that propelled the Huskies to a 47-26 lead af- ter three. Nick Carrizales started the outburst with a long trey and scored 7 points during the run, and Jess McNiven scored 8, Trevor Wardell 7. It was more of the same in the fourth as Burl- ington outscored the Grizz 18-10 to win by 29 points. Rocky Coach Michael Simmons said he was glad to see his squad battle back in the third, noting that he asks his team to be within striking distance of a win by the fourth quar- ter and it looked like they would be in range early in the third. A strong man defense helped the Grizz come back, but it was an aggres- sive, trapping 1-3-1 zone that turned the game in Burlington's favor, Sim- mons said. "It rattled us," he said. "We had some people play- ing out of their normal po- sition, and it caught us off guard. "There are things we worked on that we did do well, some things with execution, so looking at the big picture, there are things as a coaching staff that we felt we did well for 3 quarters." He noted that the trio that led the charge in the third for Burlington had combined for four baskets and six free throws before the 24-5 run. "They're a good team," Simmons said. "They're go- ing to win a lot of games." Higgins finished with 7 points to lead the Grizz, and Caleb Horrocks and Winland added 6 points each, Cole Simmons and Coleman 5 apiece. Cole Simmons topped the team with eight rebounds. Rocky shot 23 percent from the field and had 28 turnovers while Burling- ton shot 35 percent and had 16 turnovers. The box score: BURLINGTON (65) Adam Jones 1 0-0 2, Nathan Carrizales 0 0-0 0, Jared Peter- son 0 0-0 0, Layne Henderson 0 1-2 1, Jess McNiven 6 5-9 17, Landon George 1 2-2 4, Trevor Wardell 5 1-2 12, Nick Carriza- les 8 1-2 20, Bridger Jones 0 0-2 0, James Davidson 2 0-0 4, Preston Wardell 2 1-1 5. Totals 25 11-20 65. ROCKY (36) Xavier Mangus 00-O O, John Higgins 3 1-2 7, Joey Jewell 1 O-O 2, Bill Despain 1 0-0 2, Caleb Horrocks 2 2-2 6, Kirby Winland 1 4-7 6, Cole Wambeke 0 0-0 O, Cannon Simmons 0 1-3 1, Cole Simmons 1 2-2 5, Tanner Coleman 2 1-2 5, Jacob Price 1 O-O 2. Totals 12 11-18 36. Burlington 15 8 24 18-65 RockyMtn. 9 6 11 10-36 Three-point field goals - Ni. Carrizales 3, T. Wardell 1 ; Co. Simmons 1. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Rocky 18, Burling- ton 14. CONFERENCE GAME Rocky will open North- west 2A conference play by hosting Thermopolis Thursday at 4 (JV) and 7 p.m., then will travel to top-ranked Wyoming Indi- an Saturday for noon and 3 p.m. taps. Thermop is 7-5 overall and 0-1 in the conference with a loss to Greybull. Wyoming Indian is 12-0. High School Girls Basketball Rocky girls fall to Burlington BY PATTI CARPENTER For the second time this season, the Lady Grizz girls basketball team fell to the tough Burlington Huskies, 55-25, at home on Friday Jan. 10. Coach Eric Honeyman said it was a disappointing loss but the girls learned from the experience. "We had a lot of op- portunities for shots and we didn't take advantage of them," said Honeyman. "We need to work on shoot- ing, we need to learn our roles and we need to trust our defense. We have a lot of talent on our team and we need to build confidence in that talent." Honeyman said he thought Burlington had a pretty good team but for some reason the Rocky girls didn't rise to the occasion and played "flat." "This was one of those games we'd like to forget and just move on," said Honeyman. "Fortunately, it wasn't a conference game." Shauna Loman had the most points with 9 and Ma- rissa Arnold wasn't far be- hind with 7 points. Arnold was also one of the top re- bounders with five. Hannah Winland had five rebounds, and Kelly Vezain and Loman had four apiece. The shooting percent- age for the girls was very low at 15.9 percent. Hon- eyman said they are work- ing intensively on their shooting skills all week in practice. The girls got off to very slow start in their first quarter against the Lady Huskies, scoring no points at all, but were nearly matching the Lady Huskies in points in their final quar- ter, with 14 points to Burl- ington's 15. "What it comes down to is playing 10 points or more every quarter," said Hon- eyman. "We weren't quite ready for that yet in our game with Burlington, but I think we are now." Next up, the girls will play Thermopolis at home on Thursday, with games at 4 (JV) 5:30 p.m. (varsi- ty). On Saturday, the girls will travel to Ethete, where games will begin at noon. "Thermopolis is a con- ference game," said Honey- man. "It's time for us to kick up our heels and get seri- ous when we play them." PATTI CARPENTER Shauna Loman races down the court with a Lady Husky on her heels at a home game on Friday, Jan. 10 at Rocky Mountain High School. Standings BOYS 2A NORTHWEST Conf. Overall Team Greybull Rocky Mtn. Riverside Thermopolis Lovell W L W L 2 0 9 Z 0 0 7 3 0 0 1 8 0 1 7 S 0 1 4 6 GIRLS 2A NORTHWEST Conf. Overall Team W L W L Lovell t 0 8 2 Thermopolis 1 0 7 5 Rocky Mtn. 0 0 3 7 Riverside 0 0 0 9 Greybull 0 2 4 6 R N On Oct. 1, 2013, the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act began. The enrollment period will run until March 31. Unless citizens expe- rience a triggering event -- a major change like marriage or birth -- citizens will not be able to purchase health insurance until the next open enrollment- period scheduled for November 15, 2014, to January 15, 2015. The enroll- ment periods apply to health plans purchased both on and off the federal health insurance marketplace (located at healthcare.gov). In addition, over the past few months there have been some changes in the Af- fordable Care Act that everyone should be aware of: For Individuals Citizens that received a notice of cancellation from their insurance com- pany may be able to keep their plan for one additional year. Note that these ex- tended plans will not offer any of the changes in insurance coverage mandated by the ACA. Each insurance company has discretion as to whether it will allow the canceled plans to continue. So you should contact your insurance companiy to see if your plan will be continued. If you received a notice of cancellation from your insurance company, you may be eligible for a hardship exemption. That would waive the tax penalty that is to be assessed against people who don't have health insurance. A hardship exemption also allows enrollment in a catastrophic plan, which generally has lower premiums and higher deductibles. People can get an exemption application at healthcare.gov. The application must be accompanied by a copy of the policy cancellation letter. For Employers Under the original terms of the law, large employers (those with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees) were required to provide health coverage for their full-time employees or face a penalty. The penalty has been delayed for one year. Originally, small employers (those with fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees) could purchase health insurance for their employees online through the SHOP program. However, the online enrollment option will not be available until 2015. 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