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8 I The Lovell Chronicle I January 19, 2012 RMHS girls still, rough but getting better BY PATTI CARPENTER The Grizz girls took down St. Stephen's on Fri- day 57-17 at home. "They were a little smaller numbers-wise but they had some good sized post players," said coach Ryan Boettcher. "They tried to pressure and got after us a lot and provided some pressure that helped us prepare for the game against Wyoming Indian High School on Saturday." The girls developed a pretty good lead by halftime with 35 points to St. Ste- phen's 12, but Boettcher ex- pressed that he would have liked to have seen his team play harder overall. In the second half Rocky scored 22 points to St. Stephen's 5. "Our goal going into the game was to be disciplined throughout the game," explained Boettcher. "I thought we had way too many turnovers, especial- ly in the first quarter, and that was something I think we need to focus in on. Sometimes you tend to find yourself open in a game like this and tend to take shots that you shouldn't have. We gave them a boatload of easy shots, especially in the first half." Boettcher felt the girls weren't controlling the ac- tion the way they should have and need to work on being more disciplined throughout their games. "We could have run more offensive sets," said Boettcher. "We found our- selves open a lot but tend- ed to shoot before we had rebounders in place, which allowed them to get the ball more than they should SKYE MADER Rocky Mountain junior Mandee Leonhardt passes over the top of a St. Stephen's defender while running a fast break during Rocky's 57-17 win Friday night in Cowley. have. It's games like this where we tend to get sloppy and things can turn into a mess." Kallee Jo Wilson was the top scorer with 17, and Shauna Loman added 11, Rachael Allred 7, Brianna Hocker, Hannah Winland and Isabel Gurrola 6 each and Karli Leonhardt 4. "Shauna Loman played a good game for us," com- mented Boettcher. "She usually averages 8 but scored 11 in this game." He also thought Gurro- la played well considering it is her first season. Wilson felt good and was in good form as the team's reliable top scorer. Scoring by quarter for Rocky was 12, 23, 9 and 13. St. Stephen's scored 8, 4, 3 and 2. The "sloppyness" Boettcher referred to car- ried over into Saturday where the girls got off to a very slow start in their game against Wyoming In- dian. The girls scored only 2 points to Wyoming Indian's 15 and spent the next three quarters playing catch-up. In spite of the slow start, the girls built momen- tum, which took them only one point away from a win against the tough team from Ethete. Wyoming In- dian prevailed with a score was 44-43. "We had a close game with Wyoming Indian on Saturday," said Boettcher. "It was one of those situ- ations where we dug our- selves a big hole at the start of the game and spent the rest of the game mak- ing up for it. We have to learn to come out with a little more drive." Boettcher pointed out the first quarter was the only quarter the team was outscored by Wyoming In- dian 15-2. The balance of the game the girls from Rocky held their own, out- scoring Wyoming Indian 13-9 in the second, fighting to maintain an even score of 10-10 in the third and outscoring them again 18- 13 in the final quarter. Wilson brought the girls one step closer to a potential win with a three- pointer near the end but the clock ran out before they could pull ahead. "We did get things go- ing again after we start- ed out so bad," explained Boettcher. "We dug our- selves a big hole but made a lot of runs toward dig- ging ourselves out. We had opportunities to pull ahead toward the end of the game and we took care of the basketball and elim- inated turnovers most of the night. We made a val- iant effort but we shouldn't have dug ourselves in a hole to begin with." Loman was the top scorer with 12. Wilson add- ed 11, Karli Leonhardt 9, Mandee Leonhardt and Allred 6 and Hocker 1. "We had opportuni- ties here and we know that the start was probably our downfall in this game," said Boettcher. "Wyoming Indian plays really well at home and we knew going in that it would be a very physicai game. We just needed to come out of the locker room playing with more urgency than we did in order to win this type of game." The team has three conference games coming up. This weekend they will play in Greybull on Thurs- day at 4 and 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday they will play Riverside at home at 1 and 2:30 p.m. "We're in the confer- ence swing now and this weekend is two must-have games," said Boettcher. "We're to that point in the season and hopefully we've got things together and we are headed in the right di- rection. The girls are learn- ing from their mistakes and playing well together and are ready to go." Grizz fall to St. Stephen's and WIHS, home Saturday BY DAVID PECK Records can be deceiv- ing. The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies found that out the hard way Friday night as they fell to the run-and-gun St. Stephen's Eagles 62-38 at the RMHS Gym in Cow- ley. Saturday, the Grizz got another dose of fast- break ball as they fell to the Wyoming Indian Chiefs in Ethete, 65-55, but they played much better, accord- ing to coach Michael Sim- mons. St. Stephen's came into the game with a 3-8 record and had lost to Ten Sleep and Dubois, among others. But on Friday night, the Ea- gles put it all together and cruised past the Grizz, us- ing a 21-11 second-quarter advantage to pull away. "We overlooked them," Simmons said. "We looked at their stats, but their top three scorers hadn't played together much. There were a lot of questions about their team, and that led to the scores people had been look- ing at. Their record was sub- par. But the five they put on the floor Friday played pret- ty well together." St. Stephen's led 14-8 after the first quarter, then boosted the halftime margin to 16 points - 35-19 - fol- lowing the big second quar- ter. The Eagles continued to gradually pull away in the second half, outscoring the Grizz 27-19. "Our shooting wasn't great (23 percent). We con- tinued to struggle there. But more importantly, we've been working on our trap- ping, but they would bring their big guy up the middle and throw over the top of us. They got some easy layups out of that. "We wanted to see if we could run with them, and we really didn't do a very good job, offensively or defensive- ly. Our transition defense wasn't great. We found our- selves chasing them a lot of the night. We were incon- sistent from beyond the arc, but we are starting to take better shots." ...... On . the positive side, mola' liked : how his etm hustled and worked on the court. "We created some hav- oc," he said. "The kids played hard all night. We played that full-court stuff longer than we should have. If it was a conference game you probably coach that dif- ferent." Bryce Ward led the Grizz with 14 points. Mi- chael Bernhisel added 10 points and five rebounds, Joey Jewell 6 points and five steals, Kirby Winland 4 points and eight rebounds. The box score: ST. STEPHEN'S (62) J. Whiteman 3 0-0 9, B. Roman 2 0-0 4, S. Teran 1 0-0 2, L. Oldman 7 0-0 14,A. Bearing 8 1-4 17, L. Ro- man 7 2-5 16. Totals 28 3-9 62. ROCKY (38) Michael Bernhisel 4 0-0 10, Shane Wocicki 0 0-0 0, Joey Jewell 3 0-0 6, Bill Despain 1 0-0 2, Kirby Winland 1 2-4 4, Derik Romero 1 0-2 2, Can- non Simmons 0 0-0 0, Bryce Ward 5 1-4 14. Totals 15 3-10 38. St. Stephen's14 21 14 13-62 RockyMtn. 8 11 12 7-38 Three-point field goals - Whiteman 3; Ward 3, Bernhisel 2. Fouled out- none. Total fouls - St. Stephen's 12, Rocky 14. STRONG EFFORT Saturday afternoon in Ethete, the Grizzlies strug- gled handling the ball but still hung with the second- ranked Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs before falling 65-55. "We had 34 turnovers. We couldn't catch the ball," Simmons said. "We made some good passes, but they would hit a guy in the hands and go out of bounds. We had a lot of un- forced turnovers. "But we were within six points with four minutes to go in the fourth. We had our chances. They hit some shots down the stretch and we missed a couple. That was the game." The Chiefs came hot, but the Grizz did a better job controlling the tempo than the night before, Sim- mons noted. "We were more con- servative defensively," he said. "We didn't overextend the defense. I thought we matched up well. They're a guard-oriented team." The two teams battled to a 2)-20 tie after the first quarter. Bryce Ward scored 7 points for Rocky Moun- tain, and John Sounding Sides led Wyoming Indian with 9, eventually finish- ing with a game-high 29. "Sounding Sides was hot. He's a good player. When he gets his shots, he's going to make some," Simmons said. "We did a good job defensively, and we rebounded well. Kir- by (Winland) did a good job inside. He had a dou- ble double (10 points, 16 rebounds). It's amazing when a team has confi- dence in its bigs. It allows you to release your guards and get in transition." WIHS built a 37-28 halftime lead with a 17-8 second-quarter advantage, then built the lead to 14 after outscoring the Grizz 17-12 in the third, leading 54-40 after three. But the Grizz fought back and cut the deficit to six points in the fourth before the Chiefs pulled out a 10-point win. "It was a fun game to coach," Simmons said. "The kids worked hard again and left it all on the floor. It started Friday night. After a game like that, it can go one of two directions...We got within six points, and that's all you can ask for, to be in po- sition to make a couple of shots and win." Ward finished with 19 points and eight re- bounds, Derik Romero 12 points, Winland 10 points, 16 boards and four steals. Bernhisel added 6 points, six rebounds and four as- sists. The box score: ROCKY (55) Michael Bernhisel 1 4-4 6, Shane Wocicki 1 2-2 4, Joey 'Jewell 0 0-0 0, Bill Despain 0 0-0 0, Kirby Winland 4 2-2 10, Derik Romero 4 0-0 12, Can- non Simmons 2 0-0 4, Bryce Ward 7 4-6 19. Totals 19 12-14 55. WlHS (65) Shane Willow 2 0-0 4, Tyler Penatac 0 0-2 0, John Sounding Sides 12 2-3 29, Joey Aragon 6 0-1 14, Wilson Clifford 2 0-0 4, Joseph Howell 2 0-0 4, Mitchell 1 0-0 2, Longtimesleeping 1 0-0 2, Alvin Spoonhunter 3 0-1 6. Totals 29 2-7 65. Rocky 20 8 12 15-55 WlHS 20 17 17 11 -65 Three-point field goals - Romero 4, Ward 1; Sounding Sides 3, Aragon 2. Fouled out- none. Total fouls - Rocky 12, WlHS 14. CONFERENCE GAME The Grizz will jump into conference play in a big way this weekend with games at Greybull tonight (Thurs- day) and at home against Riverside Saturday. Simmons said the Grizz will have a tough time matching up against Grey- bull post players Hayden Goton and Nell Getzfre- id, but they should match up well against the quick Greybull guards. "They set a lot of picks. They're a disciplined team," he said. "We'll look for op- portunities to apply pres- sure offensively and defen- sively and try to stretch the floor. We would like to be able to dictate tempo our- selves." TiD-gff .mes in Grey- bull are 4 t) and 7 p.m. tr11 "1 : !  l' rl lnurs(lay; L... Saturday, the Griz 'will face another strong center in the form of big Brynnt Wood, and Simmons said the Rebels also have some strong guards. "We hope with our quickness to apply some pressure on their guards, push their guards out and create tougher passes into the post," Simmons said. The Grizz will host Riv- erside Saturday at 1 (JV) and 4 p.m. Grizzly freshmen drop four, but gain good experience as younger players shine BY DAVID PECK With stalwarts Bill Despain, Cannon Simmons and Kirby Winland moving up to the junior varsity and varsity squads, the Rocky Mountain freshman boys have struggled a bit since the New Year began but are gaining valuable experience and playing time under the tutelage of coach Justin Moss. The Grizz opened the New Year with a 37-25 loss to Greybull at home in Cow- ley on Thursday, Jan. 5. Greybull out- scored the Grizz 10-5 in the first quar- ter and 15-7 in the third to gain distance on the home team. Tanner Coleman and Jordan Arnold each scored 7 for the Griz- zlies, John Higgins 6, Caleb Horrocks 4 and Joey Carroll 1. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Grizzlies traveled to Basin to meet the Riverside Rebels and fell to the Rebs 49-38. Rocky led 8-5 after the first quarter, but River- side won the next three quarters 14-9, 15- 10 and 15-11 to take control of the game. Horrocks scored 14, Coleman 8, Ar- nold 6, Cris Jurado 5, Tory Lesher and Carroll 2 each, Higgins 1. In a makeup game from Dec. 15, the Grizzlies traveled to Greybull Thursday and fell to the Buffs 51-26 as the Buffs won all four quarters. Arnold scored 9, Coleman 5, Jurado and Horrocks 4 each, Higgins and Carroll 2 apiece. At Burlington Tuesday night, the Grizz fell to Burlington 45-38 in overtime. The Grizz led 31-27 after three quarters but saw the Huskies come back to out- score the Grizzlies 11-7 in the fourth quarter and 7-0 in overtime. Horrocks finished with 10 points, Coleman 8, Jurado 7, Arnold 6, Carroll 4 and Higgins 3. The Grizzly frosh will host Lovell next Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m. while the Lady Grizz freshmen play in Lovell at the same time. JVS SPLIT The Rocky Mountain JVs, coached by Pat Winland, split a pair of games last week, beating the St. Stephen's Eagles 38-25 in a two-quarter game Friday eve- ning, then falling to Wyoming Indian in Ethete Saturday, 72-63. At home Friday, the Grizz outscored the Eagles 19-10 and 19-15 in the two quarters. Joey Jewell finished with 13 points, Bill Despain 10, Cannon Simmons 6, Xavier Mangus 4, Tanner Coleman and Jordan Arnold 2 each, Darren Brumwell 1. Saturday afternoon in Ethete, Wyo- ming Indian dominated the first quarter 29-9, and although the Grizz outscored the home team 54-43 the rest of the way, they could not make up the difference. Despain finished with 22 points, Sim- mons 15, Mangus 14, Caleb Horrocks 6, Jewell 4 and Coleman 2. Simmons fin- ished with eight assists, Despain 10 steals. BOYS 2A NORTHWEST Conf. Overall Team W L W L Lovell 2 0 8 2 Rocky Mtn. 1 0 4 7 Greybull 2 1 11 3 Riverside 0 1 5 5 Thermopolis 0 3 1 13 RESULTS Friday, January 13 Lovel169,Thermopolis 25 St. Stephen's 62, Rocky 38 Greybull 63, Riverside 43 Saturday, January 14 Tongue River 50, Riverside 36 Wyo. Indian 65, Rocky 55 Greybull 60, St. Stephen's 58 Wind River 75, Thermop 48 Tuesday, January 17 Lovell 54, Cody 42 SCHEDULE Thursday, January 19 Rocky at Greybull, 4, 7 p.m. Friday, January 20 Thermop at Greybull, 4, 5:30 Lovell at Riverside, 4, 7 p.m. Saturday, January 21 Riverside at Rocky, 1, 4 p.m. T. River at Lovell, 1, 4 p.m. Thermop at Worland, 3:30, 6:30 Thursday, January 26 Lovell at Rocky, 4, 7 p.m. GIRLS 2A NORTHWEST Conf. Overall Team W L W L Lovell 2 0 9 1 Riverside 1 0 3 8 Thermopolis 2 1 9 5 Rocky Mtn. 0 1 6 5 Greybull 0 3 4 9 RESULTS Friday, January 13 Lovell 54, Thermopolis 34 Rocky 57, St. Stephen's 17 Riverside 30, Greybull 28 Saturday, January 14 Wyo. Indian 44, Rocky 43 Greybull 64, St. Stephen's 31 Tongue River 71, Riverside 27 Thermopolis 67, Wind River 58 Tuesday, January 17 Cody 30, Lovell 24 SCHEDULE Thursday, January 19 Rocky at Greybull, 4, 5:30 p.m. Friday, January 20 Lovell at Riverside, 2:30, 5:30 Thermop at Greybull, 4, 7 p.m. Saturday, January 21 Riverside at Rocky, 1,2:30 T. River at Lovell, 1, 2:30 Thermop at Worland, 3:30, 5 Thursday, January 26 Lovell at Rocky, 4, 5:30 p.m.