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101 The Lovell Chronicle I January 21, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com Lady Bulldogs sweep to lead conference BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Lady Bulldogs jumped to 3-0 in the 2A North- west Conference over the weekend with a pair of dominant peor- mances in victories over Shoshoni and Greybull at home. Friday, the Bulldogs powered past Shoshoni 64-18 with a strong defensive effort. Saturday, they stopped Greybull 71-40. The wins boost Lovell's conference record to 3-0, 9-3 overall. Shoshoni came into Winter- holler Gym with an 8-3 record, but the Lady Bulldogs jumped on top 21-4 in the first quarter and kept up the defensive intensity the en- tire game, coach Bob Geiser said. A 14-6 second-quarter advantage left the Bulldogs up 35-10 at the half, and they outscored the visi- tors 20-0 in the third to lead 55- 10. Lovell had only a 9-8 edge in the fourth but kept playing hard on defense. "Our defensive effort Friday was solid from start to fmish," Geiser said. "We ran the floor re- ally well and moved our feet on defense. We contested shots, then rebounded, which got us going on offense." Geiser said Shoshoni lost "go-to" player Coralee Spratt to a knee injury during the game, which hurt the Lady Blue's con- fidence. "That took a lot of fight out of them," Geiser said. "That left a big void, and they struggled worse than they did before (the injury). "We came out wanting to spread the floor and spread their defense. Alyssa (Geiser) hit two threes early. They had to stop the ball on the perimeter, and that al- lowed the rest of the kids to go in- side. Everything kind of clicked for us." Geiser said he was glad his team kept up its defensive inten- sity in the second half with the big lead, even as he tried some different combinations. "Those are things you can do consistently to be a contender," he said. "I think the younger girls are starting to understand that and it makes a difference when they get into the game." Mykel Anderson led the Lady Bulldogs with 21 points and five steals. Karen Koritnik ad(ied113 pointsLAlyssa Geiser 8 points and '(bdll'  five assists. Stephanie Green had 7 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Katie Walker led the team with eight assists and had nine Mykel Anderson scrambles for the ball against the Shoshoni Winterholler Gym. Lovell won big, 64-18. Lady BRAD DEVEREAUX Blue Friday night at boards. The box score: SHOSHONI (18) Tessa Bowthorpe 1 0-0 2, Nellie Anderson 3 0-3 6, Tess Clemetson 2 0-0 4, Sara Thompson 0 04) 0, Halley Pince 1 0-0 2, Coraiee Spra 1 0-0 2, Johnee Jo Campbell 1 0-6 2. Totals 9 0-3 18. LOVELL (64) Alyssa Geiser 3 0-0 8, Jodi Walker 1 2-2 4, Katie Walker 1 2-24, Karen Koritnik 6 0-6 13, Keesha Savage 1 0-6 2, Susie Robertson 1 0-0 2, Brandi Abraham 1 0-0 2, Stephanie Green 1 5-6 7, Erin Robertson 0 1-2 1, Miranda Griffis 0 0-0 0, Mykel Anderson 8 5=10 21. Totals 23 15-22 64. ShOShOni ' 4 6 0 8-18 21 14 20 9-64 Three-point field goals - Geiser 2, Koritnik 1. Fouled out - Pince. Total fouls - Shoshoni 17, Lovell 7. 'WORKMANLIKE' WIN Geiser said Saturday's game against Greybull was a much tougher test. The Lady Bulldogs led 19-10 after one and extended the lead in every quarter after that, outscoring the Lady Buffs 14-7 in the second period, 20-8 in the third and 18-15 in the fourth. But it wasn't easy. "Greybull is much improved since the last time we played them," he said. "They are much more aggressive and hammered the boards hard. They are good ri- vals, and those girls came to play. I take my hat offto them." ter. Then Alyssa Geiser drained a three-pointer and Koritnik went the distance on an off play that saw the ball ricochet off the ref- eree and into her hands for a fast break, putting Lovell up 19-10 at the end of the period. After that, it was all Lovell, though the Lady Buffs made the Lovell squad work for it. "It was a good, solid effort," Geiser said. "It was a good, work- manlike night. We had to kind of wear them down and keep work- ing. It's nice to see a team do that Geiser said Jackie MAller al:' for four quarters." most single-handedly kept the Koritnik led the team with Lady Buffs in the game early, and 21 points, and she grabbed six re- Lovell led by only four points, 14- bounds. Katie Walker added 14 10, near the end of the first quar- points and eight assists, Geiser 11 points and five assists, Green 10 points and seven rebounds and Anderson 9 points and seven car- oms. The box score: GREYBULL (40) Michaela Jolley 0 1-3 1, Tyler Anne Brown 2 1-2 7, Kirbi Anderson 4 6-7 14, Kate Wilkinson 1 0-1 2, Kyra Cundall 0 0-0 0, Aubree Craft 0 4-4 4, Jackie Miller 6 0-0 12. Totals 13 12-17 40. LOVELL (71) Alyssa Geiser 4 0-0 11, Jodi Walker 1 2-2 4, Katie Walker 4 6-6 14, Karen Koritnik 8 3-6 21, Keesha Savage 1 0-0 2, Susie Robertson 0 0-0 0, Brandi Abraham 0 0-0 0, Stephanie Green 5 0-2 10, Erin Robertson 0 0-0 0, Miranda Griffis 0 0-0 0, Mykel Anderson 3 3-5 9. Totals 26 14-21 71. Greybull 10 7 8 15-40 Lovell 19 14 20 18-71 Three-point field goals - Brown 2; Geiser 3, Koritnik 2. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Greybul117, Lovell 14. BIG WEEKEND The Lovell girls have a huge weekend ahead of them with two ranked foes on the schedule, in- cluding Class 3A Cody. The Lady Bulldogs host Cody tonight at 4 (JV) and 5:30 p.m., and Geiser said the players are looking forward to the challenge from the Lady Broncs, who are 11-1 overall and were ranked third in Class 3A last week. "They may be number one this week," Geiser said. "They have Brittany Myers in the mid- die, so they're big and strong, and Danielle Skinner is a threat from outside. "It will be one of those clas- sic battles of style. They'll want to hammer it inside and kick it out to their shooters, while we'll want to run the floor." Friday, the Lady Bulldogs travel to Basin to take on the Riv- erside Rebels at 4 and 5:30 p.m. Riverside is 3-6 overall but de- feated Greybull 56-31 last week to go 1-0 in the conference. Geiser said the Lady Rebels are "small, but very quick" and said it will be important to take care of the bas- ketball. Saturday, the Lady Bull- dogs travel to Dayton to meet the Tongue River Eagles at 1 (frosh), 2:30 and 4 p.m. Geiser called the game "Tongue River Chapter 35" and said the Eagles will be look- ing for a better performance after losing a large led in a 59-55 over- time loss at L6ell on Jan. 9. ' : "WeAre gaiaLtmhave to play really well," he said. "After the comeback a week ago, they're not going to look by us. We have to get into a better offensive rhythm." Lady Grizz drop tough pair on road BY DAVID PECK The Rocky Mountain Lady Grizzlies faced a tough pair of op- ponents on the road last week, and while they fell to the second- ranked (3A) Powell Panthers and the fourth-ranked (2A) Wyoming Indian Chiefs, they will profit in the long run from the tough com- petition, coach Ryan Boettcher said. The Lady Grizz traveled to Powell Thursday night to take on the tall, physical Lady Pan- thers. Powell prevailed 50-26, but Boettcher said his squad held their own at times. In fact, the two teams traded baskets in a first quarter that left the Lady Panthers up by only one at the break, 12-11. Eliza Higgins scored 7 points for the Lady Grizz. "We played man (defense) for the most part," Boettcher said. "They're pretty strong inside. We wanted to work on our man and post defense so it was a good workout with the quality of Pow- ell's athletes. "we were able to get open looks (on offense). The girls did a good job running the offense. But they were able to sub deeper, and we started standing around and weren't as active on offense." Powell outscored the Griz- zlies 12-0 in the second quarter to take a 24-11 lead at the half. "We still got good looks, but they were contested looks. They were able to put their hands up," Boettcher said. "It was good for us to try to shoot over people and through people. We didn't turn the ball over a lot, but we weren't able to get a lot of wide-open looks. We need to be able to shoot and make contested shots." Powell gradually continued to pull away in the second half, outscoring the Lady Grizz 15-9 in the third quarter and 11-6 in the fourth. "It was a battle on the inside," Boettcher said. "They wear you down. We're still short-handed by one and for us, one is too many. "We concentrated on the game within the game and on things to work on. I was happy with our ef- forts there." The box score: ROCKY (26) Melanie Wahlbrink 0 0-0 O, Miranda Wilson 0 0-0 0, Kallee Hernandez 0 0-0 0, Lauren Peterson 2 2-4 6, Leslie Blackburn 3 1-2 7, Eliza Higgins 5 1-2 11. Totals 11 4-8 26. POWELL (50) Kami Cooley 2 0-0 4, Hannah Pollart 7 7-10 22, Katie Kipp 2 0-0 4, Leslie Thronburg 2 1-1 5, Olivia Rogers 1 0-0 2, Savannah Donarski 5 1-2 12, Emily Kath 0 1-3 1. Totals 19 10-16 50. Rocky 11 0 9 6-26 Powell 12 12 15 11-50 Three-point field goals - Pollart, Donarski. Fouled out - Hernandez. Total fouls - Rocky 14, Powel110. BATTLE AT ETHETE The Lady Grizzlies played pretty well at times on the road Saturday, and showed a lot of grit, Boettcher said, but a cold shooting game doomed them. "we played really well, but we just have to make our shots," he said. "We had good looks and we hustled, but every time we got a look, it. rolled off. It was a frus- trating game." Wyoming Indian led 21-15 af- ter the first quarter and extended the lead to 20 at the half by out- scoring the Lady Grizz 25-11 in the second. Rocky outscored the Lady Chiefs 13-10 in the third, then turned up the pressure to outscore the home team 23-15.in the fourth to close the final gap to nine. "we hung with 'em and were able to close late," Boettcher said. "We had chances to cut it to three with back-to-back possessions at seven. If we had hit those two shots... "we made a good run. I preach a never-say-die attitude. They were never able to pull away from US." Boettcher said the Lady Griz- zlies played well defensively, but he said the Lady Chiefs were on their game, shooting well and running the floor well. He said his team would get back to de- fend the break, but the Wyoming Indian players would still convert in transition. "They never missed a pass," the coach said. "They played tran- sition like nobody we've seen this year. It was a good game for us to see that. "There were a lot of positives. We didn't let them take the ball away from us, and we matched their intensity and aggressive- ness." The box score: ROCKY !62) Melanie Wahlbrink 3 0-0 6, Melissa Iverson 1 0-0 2, Miranda Wilson 1 0-0 3, Kallee Hernandez 4 7-7 15, Lauren Petarson 3 9-13 15, Leslie Blackburn 3 2-6 8, Eliza Higgins 5 3-6 13. Totals 20 21-32 62. WlHS (71) Ranell Oldman 8 4-5 20, Anneshia Hill 2 4-4 8, Kristen Washakie 8 1,1 17, Toni Valdez 2 1-1 5, Kim Goggles 0 1-2 1, Jocelyn Underwood 0 2-2 2, Kirsti O'Neal 2 0-0 5, Ashleigh Trosper 0 0-0 0, Brugh 5 3-3 13. Totals 27 16-18 71. Rocky 15 11 13 23-62 WlHS 21 25 10 15-71 Three-point field goals- Wilson 1; O'Neal 1. Fouled out- Hemandez, Trosper. Total fouls - Rocky 16, WIHS 23. CONFERENCE CONTESTS The Lady Grizz (1-0, 5-5) will continue their quest for the top of the conference standings this weekend when they travel to Greybull and host Riverside for a pair of conference games Friday and Saturday. "These are two key games. It's our tradition to play Greybull and Riverside on back-to-back nights. Our conference is always competitive. We've got to come in prepared. "Greybull is always tough at home. We'll go in expecting a physical game and a close game. We expect conference games to be a battle, and that's the mentality we take to games." The Grizz play at Greybull Friday at 4 (JV) and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the Lady Grizz will host the Riverside Lady Rebels at 12 and 3 p.m. Boettcher said he expects the Rebels to use their quickness to press and defend. He said there will be some size mis- matches "that can work in your favor or against you." DAWD lCK Rocky Mountain freshman Kallee Hernandez powers between a pair of Burlington defenders during the battle in Burlington on Jan. 8.