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January 19, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 9 Defense propels Lady Bulldogs past Thermop BY DAVID PECK What was supposed to be a matchup of two of the top girls teams in the state Friday night turned into a lopsided win for the Lovell Lady Bulldogs as they turned a two-point half- time lead into a 20-point win, 54-34, over the Thermopolis Lady Bobcats Friday night at the LHS Winterholler Gym. Thermop came into the game 8-4, with two losses to Class 4A schools, but the Lovell defense took the visitors out of their game in three of the four quarters, coach Chris Edwards noted. Lovell started the game with an aggressive man-to-man defense and outscored the Lady Bobcats 16-5. Alyssa Geiser drained two three-pointers and Leanne Winterholler one for the Lady Bulldogs, who saw six players score in the quarter. "We came out defensively and challenged them," Edwards said. "We had a lot of deflec- tions and steals and were able to execute in our half-court of- fense and get a lot of open looks. It was nice to be able to get six girls in the scoring col- umn. That's a testament to our execution and willingness to share the ball." It was a different story in the second quarter, however, as Thermop roared back to out- score the Lady Bulldogs 16-7 to pull close at 23-21 at intermis- sion. "We got careless taking care of the ball," Edwards said. "They pressured full court the whole game and mixed in a man and a 1-2-2. We had a cou- ple of costly turnovers that they converted. Those turnovers ne- gated some possessions for us." Edwards shifted to a 1-3- 1 trapping zone defense in the third quarter, which took away Thermop's drives to the basket and created turnovers. Lovell outscored the visitors 14-4 to lead 37-25 after three. "They weren't very skilled on the perimeter. They're very quick and like to get to the bas- ket," Edwards said. "We were able to force them into some tough passes. We had a ton of steals in the third quarter that we converted into baskets. That really frustrated them." The third-quarter momen- tum continued into the fourth quarter, Edwards noted, and the Lady Bulldogs outscored Thermop 17-9 and hit six of six free throws down the stretch to win by 20. Geiser finished with a game-high 16 points, hitting six of eight shots from the field. She also grabbed five rebounds. Winterholler added 10 points on four-of-seven shooting, Erin Robertson 9 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Amanda Shum- way finished with 6 points and 10 rebounds, Jodi Walker 6 points and six steals. Lovell had 19 steals and 15 assists in the game, but also 19 turnovers. The box score: THERMOPOLIS (34) Delanie Price 1 0-1 2, Bailey Fisher 1 0-0 2, Sierra Schmidt 2 0-0 4, Kylie Fisher 0 2-2 2, Anya Abbott 0 0-0 0, Demitra Zamora 1 0-0 2, Jordan Leyba 2 2-4 7, Dana Biorhus 6 0-2 13, Taylor Schwalbe 0 0-0 0, Desi Rangel 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 4-8 34. LOVELL (54) squad beat Thermop 57-30 Fri- day afternoon as 10 young Lady Bulldogs got into the scoring col- umn. Lovell led 16-5 after the first quarter and 33-13 at the half, then edged the Lady Bob- cats 24-17 in the second half. Emilee Reasch scored 11 points to lead the Lady Bull- dogs, Kim ShUmway 10, Chay- li McArthur 8, Kassidy Hetland 7, Dominique Allred 6, Hannah McCurley 5, Shyann Wilske 4 and Mercedes Haney, Kassi Renner and Camille Ohman 2 apiece. NEXT UP The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Riverside Friday to take on the Riverside Lady Rebels for a conference game, then return home Saturday to meet the second-ranked Tongue River Lady Eagles. Edwards said the Lady Rebs have a tough player inside in post Cydnie Clark, and Britta- ny Vigil is also solid inside. He said Kinli Vigil is a good guard. "We've got to make sure we take care of our business and execute our offense and be more consistent with our rebound- ing," the coach said. Tip-off times in Basin are set for 2:30 (JV) and 5:30 p.m. Tongue River will come to town hoping to avenge a 41- 40 overtime loss to the Lady Bulldogs Jan. 7 in Dayton. The Lady Eagles are now 11-1 on Alyssa Geiser 6 0-0 16, Jodi Walker 2 2-2 the season after clobbering Big 6, Lauren Hinckley 0 0-0 0, Leanne Win- terholler 4 0-0 10, Kassidy Hetland 0 0-0 0, Kim Shumway 1 0-0 2, Hannah Mc- Curley 0 0-0 0, Amanda Shumway 2 2-2 6, Chelsey Ellis 1 3-4 5, Erin Robertson 3 3-4 9, Emilee Reasch 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 10-12 54. Thermop 5 16 4 9-34 Lovell 16 7 14 17-54 Three-point field goals - Leyba 1, Biorhus 1 ; Geiser 4, Winterholler 2. Fouled out - none. Total fouls- Thermop 13, Lovell 11. JVS WIN The Lovell junior varsity Horn and Riverside over the weekend. "We'll see some adjustments from game one," Edwards said. "We need to make sure we take better care of the ball against their pressure. Offensively, we've got to knock down shots when they're presented. They make you work for the open shot." Tip-off times Saturday at Winterholler Gym are 1 and 2:30 p.m. CINDY ASAY Erin Robertson (left) and Chelsey Ellis battle for the ball during the Lady Bulldogs' 54-34 win over the Thermop Lady Bobcats Friday night in Lovell. The Lady Bulldogs face a tough test Saturday at home when they host Tongue River. Lovell fresh win one of three to start New Year BY DAVID PECK .... 2he Loyal 1 L[freshmen loys have seen mixed re- sults on the hardwood since the holidays, beating simi- lar-sized Greybull but fall- ing to larger Cody and Pow- ell. Hosting Greybull last Monday, Jan. 9, the Bull- dogs stopped the Buffs 43- 35. The Bulldogs led 24-11 at halftime, but Greybull outscored the home team 19-6 in the third quarter to knot the score 30-30. The Bulldogs clamped down on defense in the fourth, how- ever, and outscored the Buffs 13-5 to win by eight. CJ Murphey scored 17 points for the Bulldogs, My- sen McArthur 8, Dylan See 6, Seth Kite 5, Aaron Mon- terde 3 and Alex Connour and Cade Bischoff 2 each. The next night, the Bulldogs hosted Cody and struggled against the Broncs, falling 52-20. Lovell scored 0nly 4 points in the first quarter, 7 in each the second and third and 2 in the fourth. Murphey fin- ished with 7 points, McAr- thur 4, Paul Montuy 3 and Connour and Kite 2 each. At Powell Monday, the Bulldogs played better but fell to the Panthers 53-30. See scored 12, Kite 6, Mur- phey 4, Montuy 3, Connour and McKay Baxendale 2 each, Monterde 1. The freshmen will host Riverside tonight (Thurs- day) at 7 p.m., then host Powell Monday at 6:30. The Bulldogs will travel to Cow- ley to take on the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies Tues- day at 5:30 p.m. Middle school Wrestlers open season in Worland BY SAM SMITH The Lovell Middle School wrestling team opened up the 2012 season Saturday at the Worland Invitational in Worland. Mustangs' head coach Dane Mickelson reported the following stats from the meet. Seventh-grade wres- tler Joseph Murnion went 3-1 at 80 pounds to place third. Joey Mickelson went 2-1 at 100 pounds to place second, Eighth-grade wres- tler Salimon Nava also went 2-1 at to place second at 120. Another eighth-grade wres- tler, Joey Bassett, went 2-2 to place fourth at 132, while Brandon and Tyler Teter, both seventh-grade wres- tlers, went for a combined 5-2 as Brandon went 2-1 to place second at 145 and Ty- ler went 3-1 to place third at 126. Seventh-grade wres- tler Chase Lewis went 2-1 to place third at 165, and Jaret Collins went 1-1 at 175 to also place third. The Mustangs' next scheduled meet will be Sat- urday, as the wrestlers will travel to Powell for the Powell Invitational. Wres- tling action is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. RMMS Lady Grizzlies have rough beginning to season The Rocky Moun- tain Middle School Lady Grizzly basketball team started off their season hosting Cloud Peak last Thursday in Cowley. The A team fell 35-14. The B and C teams both won, 21-4 and 48-14, respec- tively. Traveling to Greybull Saturday, all three teams fell to the Lady Buffs. The A team lost 33-25, B team 19-12 and C team 20-10. The Lady Grizz played Lovell Tuesday night in Lovell, host Ten Sleep on Friday at 3 p.m. and fin- ish out the week Satur- day in Burlington, with tip-off at 9 a.m. Bulldogs chase the Bobcats at home BY DAVID PECK Playing only one game over the weekend due to the cancellation of Satur- day's Wind River game, the Lovell Bulldogs made the most of it, crushing the Thermopolis Bobcats 69-25 Friday night at home. The Bobcats were al- ready struggling, coming into the game with a 1-11 record. Then, leading scor- er Tanner Abbott was in- jured during practice last week and was unavailable for the game in Lovell. The result was a 44-point rout. "We had our match- ups and how we would ap- proach the game with him there, and we approached it the same way," coach Bri- an May said. "We wanted to get some pressure with both man and zone presses. They had a hard time get- ting the ball up the floor. "I felt our rotations at times weren't where they needed to be. They got some baskets on the back side of the press when our rota- tions weren't there. But our press did rush their shoot- ing and their passes." The Bulldogs started slowly and didn't score in about the first 2 minutes of the game, May said, but then took off and scored 22 points in the first quar- ter led by Colin May with 8 and Collin McArthur with 5, including a three-quar- ter-court swisher at the end of the period. "It took us a while to get the ball in the basket. We got some good looks and some offensive rebounds, but we weren't finishing," May said. "Collin's shot got the crowd excited and got the kids excited." Lovell led 22-8 after one, then outscored the Bobcats 17-5 in the second quarter to lead 39-13 at half time. The Bulldogs outscored Thermop 30-12 in the sec- BOB RODRIGUEZ Lovell junior center Cody Savage powers for two against the Thermopolis Bobcats Friday night during Lovell's 69-25 win Friday night. ond half, continuing to pull away from the out-manned team. "We tried to stay with the game plan for as long as we could," May said. Then we worked on some differ- ent zones and on our half- court man. That was our best defense in this game." Colin May finished with 18 points and five steals, Cody Savage 14 points and 14 rebounds, Morgan Bax- endale 12 points and five boards. McArthur added 8 points, Ryan Clark 6 points and 10 rebounds. McKay- an May pulled down eight rebounds, and Dylan Hult- gren had five assists. The box score: THERMOPOLIS (25) Skylar Thomas 1 0-0 2, Evind Strotnsvag 2 0-0 4, Maurice King 3 0-0 6, Kacy Conner 3 0-0 6, Lane Schmidt 1 1-2 3, Kaden Haun 2 0-0 4, Christian Severson 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 1-2 25. LOVELL (69) Colin May 6 6-6 18, Collin McArthur 3 0-0 8, Hunter Hinckley 1 0-0 2, McKayan May 1 0-2 2, Morgan Baxendale 6 0-3 12, Dylan Hultgren 1 1-2 3, Ryan Clark 3 0-0 6, Cody Savage 6 2-4 14, Austin Ellis 1 0-0 2, Brandon Wolvington 1 0-0 2, Jacob Adey 0 0-0 0, Calin McArthur 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 9-17 69. Thermop 8 5 8 4-25 Love, 22 17 15 15-69 Three-point field goals - C. May 2, Co. McArthur 2. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Thermop 15, Lovell 6. JVS WIN Lovell also won the ju- nior varsity game 49-38, turning a 6-6 tie after one quarter into a 26-12 half- time lead with a 21-6 sec- ond-period advantage. Brandon Wolvington led the Bulldogs with 15 points, and Calin McArthur add- ed 13, Dylan See 6, Jacob Adey and Mysen McArthur 5 each, Austin Ellis and Seth Kite 2 apiece, Chase Tippetts 1. CONFERENCE GAME The Bulldogs will trav- el to Basin Friday night to meet the Riverside Reb- els at 4 (JV) and 7 p.m. in a conference contest, then will host Tongue River Sat- urday at 1 and 4 p.m. "They play really well at home," May said of the Rebels. "Their kids are getting more comfortable handling the ball, running their offense and playing defense the way their coach (Kermit Sweeny) wants them to. "They have some kids who can shoot some out- side shots. Getzfreid (Clint) averages 13-14 points per game and shoots around 30 percent from three-point range. Miller (Mike) does a good job handling the ball. Brynnt Wood is big in the post. He gets a lot of re- bounds and put-backs if you don't box him out." Lovell beat TR 69-56 in Dayton on Jan. 7, but May is wary, calling the Eagles "a good team." Stephen Yel- lowtail and brother Matt do a good job handling the ball and scoring, May said, and the Eagles play good de- fense. "They have some quick perimeter kids who try to penetrate to the basket hard and get to the line," he said. "We may have to make some adjustments depending on how they try to get the ball into the post to Stephen Yellowtail." Go local ... Advertise now on Wyoming's #1 rated Call 'small weekly newspaper' 548-2217 website ... www. Lovel I C h ron icle. com