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19 1 The Lovell Chronicle I January 22, 2015 BY DAVID PECK The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies beat the Big Horn Rams in Sheridan County Friday, then were competi- tive against the top-ranked Wyoming Indian Chiefs at home Saturday. But the weekend came with a price. Senior point guard Can- non Simmons went down with an ankle injury in the first quarter against Wy- oming Indian, and he was unable to return. His sta- tus remained questionable for this weekend's, confer- ence games as Of Monday afternoon. "He went in to pass to Kirby (Winland) - we'd had success with dribble pen- etration - and jumped up. The defense rotated and he came down. There were too many feet on the ground and his foot didn't find a spot," his father and coach Michael Simmons said Mon- day. "Cole Wambeke came in and did a great job (at the point)." Simmons said he's keep- ing his fingers crossed that the injury is a sprain and that Cannon can return be- fore long. BIG HORN WIN Simmons said the Griz- zlies played a solid game in a 62-39 win at Big Horn Fri- day afternoon to improve to 8-3 on the season, while the Rams faded in the second half. Knowing the Chiefs would be guard oriented the next day, Simmons changed up his lineup a bit against Big Horn and the Grizz built a 16-7 lead by the end of the first quarter. Tan- ner Coleman, Cannon Sim- mons, Kirby Winland and Cole Simmons had 4 points each in the quarter. Rocky only expanded the lead by two points in the second quarter as the Grizz won the quarter 17-15 to lead 33-22 at halftime. "We jumped out to a lead, which is something we haven't been good at in the first quarter," Coach Sim- mons said. "Now we need to learn to play with a lead." The second half was all Rocky Mountain as the Griz- zlies outscored Big Horn 14- 10 in the third quarter and 15-7 in the fourth to win by 23. Winland finished With 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks, and Cole Simmons added 12 points on six-of-nine shoot- ing, five boards and three assists. Tanner Coleman had 10 points and five re- bounds, Cannon Simmons 9 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Bill Despain 8 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals. ROCKY MTN. (62) John Higgins 1 0-O 2, Cole Sim- mons 6 0-2 12, Bill Despaim4 0-0 8, Caleb Horrocks 1 0-0 2, Cordell Mc- Farlane 1 0-0 2, Kirby Winland 7 1-2 15, Cole Wambeke 1 0-0 2, Cannon Simmons 4 1-2 9, Travis Banks 0 0-0 O, Tanner Coleman 5 0-0 10, pair as DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain senior Bill Despain takes the ball strong to the rim during Rocky's 63-50 win on Jan. 3. The Grizzlies will host Greybull Saturday at 4 p.m. (JVs at 1). Ben Estes 0 0-0 0, Dylan Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 2-6 62. BIG HORN (39) M. Luke 2 1-3 5, Seth Kite 1 0-0 2, C. Bates 2 0-0 4, C. Powe(s 6 0-1 ' 15, C. Williams 0 1-4 1~ N. McCaf- ferty 2 0-0 5, C. Sturza 2 0-0 5, Z. Blaney 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 2-8 39. Rocky Mt. 16 17 14 15 -- 62 Big Horn 7 15 10 7-39 Three-point field goals - Powers 3, McCafferty 1, Sturza 1. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Rocky 15, Big Horn 12. LOSS TO CHIEFS The Wyoming Indian Chiefs came out on fire Sat- urday afternoon and used a pair of runs to run out to a 40-20 halftime lead en route to a 67-60 win. After lead- ing 16-9 at the first quar- ter break, the visitors from Ethete used a late spurt in the second quarter to out- score the Grizzlies 24-11. With players limited to six quarters per set of games (JV and varsity) and backup point guard Cole Wambeke having already played four quarters in the junior varsi- ty game, Simmons had to re- sist the urge to put in Wam- beke during the Chiefs' blitz late in the first half so that he could use him in both the third and fourth quarters. "They shot well early," Simmons said. "I don't think our rotation was horrible. Our defense could have been better, but we didn't give up layups and have turnovers. They hit some shots early and we didn't. But we didn't give up. We kept fighting and made a couple of runs ourselves. "They really had two runs, one at the begin- ning of the game and an- other toward the end of the first half. Other than that we did OK, even with Can- non down. We have a lot of good players on our team, and I'm proud of the way the kids responded. At half- time I told them to go win the third quarter and they did that." Indeed, the Grizz came out in the third and out- scored Wyoming Indian 19-9 to cut the deficit to 10 points, 49-39, and the Grizz also won the fourth 18, coming as close as four points in the quarter. The Grizz outscored the Chiefs 40-27 in the second half. "That's something to build off of. We're confident we'll see them again and will be excited for that day," Simmons said. Tanner Coleman had a strong game for the Grizz, finishing with 19 points and three steals. Cole Simmons added 15 points and five re- bounds, Despain 12 points and four assists, Winland 10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. Wambeke had four assists in two quarters of work. WlHS (67) Cory Lame Bear 1 0-0 2, Noah Val- dez 4 O-O 10, Jared Mosqueda 9 2-2 22, Keegan Her Many Horses 0 0-2 0, Derek Aragon 0 O-0 0, Joe Sazue 4 5-7 15, Ryan Tiger 1 1-2 3, Kane Big Lake 0 0-2 0, Buell Robinson 3 8-8 15. Totals 22 16-23 67. ROCKY (60) John Higgins 0 0-0 0, Cole Sim- mons 5 4-7 15, Bill Despain 5 1-1 12, Caleb Horrocks 1 1-1 3, Kirby Winland 4 2-6 10, Cole Wambeke 0 1-2 1, Cannon Simmons 0 0-O 0, Tanner Coleman 7 2-4 19. Totals 22 11-21 60. WlHS 16 24 9 18-67 Rocky 9 11 19 .21 -60 Three-point field goals - Valdez 2, Mosqueda 2, Sazue 2, Robinson 1; Fouled out - Her Many Horses; Cole Simmons. Total fouls - WIHS 18, Rocky 16. CONFERENCE GAMES The Grizzlies will jump into conference play this weekend, traveling to Ba- sin Friday to take on the Riverside Rebels and host- ing Greybull Saturday in Cowley. The Riverside games tip offat 4 (JV) and 7 p.m. (girls 2:30 and 5:30) Friday in Ba- sin, and Simmons said the Rebels, 6-4 on the season, are improved this year. "They've been playing very well," Simmons said. "They are much improved. They have the same kids as a year ago, but Nate Hart- sock (coach) has them play- ing well. They're scrap- py and play good pressure defense." Saturday, the Grizz host the Greybull Buffaloes (7-3) at 1 (JV) and 4 p.m. The Buffs have been play- ing well since the holiday break, falling only to Bur- lington and crushing both Tongue River (68-31) and Big Horn (75-29). "They'll come to town Saturday possibly playing their best ball of the sea- son," Simmons said. "They do have a couple of bigs and try to control the paint. Kir- by will have his work cut out for him." The Buffs have strong post players in Treston Tra- cy and Jordan Jackson, as well as a quick veteran guard in Ryan Sylvester. to open BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Lady Bulldogs sit atop the 3A West with a 1-0 record after stopping the Cody Fillies in Cody last Tues- day night, 49-31. The team was off for the ensuing weekend. The two teams trad- ed baskets in the first quarter as each scored 11 points. Lovell won the second 8-4 to lead 19-15 at halftime. "We weren't forc- ing enough tempo by pressuring Cody hard enough," coach Chris Edwards said. "They like to take time off the clock by running their conti- nuity offense, patient- ly working the ball un- til they get a good shot. Our guards didn't put enough ball pressure on their guards. "In the second quar- ter we had missed oppor- tunities at the rim, but most of all our guards had some careless turn- overs. We had only eight in the first half, but the type of turnovers was unacceptable - ill-ad- vised passes and not ex- ecuting our transition (game)." Lovell took charge of the game in the third quarter, outscoring Cody 14-5 to lead 33-20, then won the fourth 16-11 to win by 18. "In the second half we did a better job of staying in our full-court pressures and making their guards make plays off the dribble," Ed- wards said. "We creat- ed more of an up-tempo style and had five or six steals in the third quar- ter that led to transition baskets. We kept put- ting pressure on Cody in the fourth quarter. "I thought Madison (Harper) came in and had a few key steals, and Emilee (Reasch)did her usual, contributing in every stat column and being consistent. Chay- li (McArthur) did a good job slashing to the rim and making good plays in transition." Chayli McArthur finished with 14 points on seven-of-nine shoot- ing and pulled down nine rebounds, six off the offensive glass. Sis- ter Charri McArthur added 8 points, Harper 7 points, Savanna Savage 7 points and five boards. Reasch finished with 6 points, nine rebounds, five blocks, three assists and three steals. HOME GAMES The Lady Bulldogs will host their first home double-header of the season this weekend as Powell comes to town Friday and Thermopolis travels in Saturday. Tip- ofttimes for Powell are 4 (JV) and 5:45 p.m. Fri- day, and the Thermop games are set for 4 and 5:30 p.m. at Winterhol- ler Gym. Powell (8-2) is a very solid ballclub and will present a great chal- lenge to the Lady Bull- dogs, Edwards said. "This is a key con- ference game for us," he said. "Powell has prov- en to be a tough team for anybody to beat. They went down Saturday and knocked off (top- ranked) Douglas in over- time. They are well-bal- anced, with good post players and solid perim- eter players." The Lady Panthers are led by Breanna Do- narski (9.8 ppg), Jenni Ebersberger (9 ppg) and Kalina Smith (7.5 ppg and 4 blocks per game). "Jenni Ebersberger doesn't turn the ball over at the point," Edwards said. "She's a smart, high-IQ basketball play- er. Kalina Smith is one ofthemost athletic play- ers we'll face. She's able to knock down threes and she creates match- up problems for any- body. The rest of the players are fundamen- tally sound. They are not going to beat themselves with turnovers." Thermopolis (8-3) is one of the top two or three teams in Class 2A, Edwards said, not- ing that new coach Cory Sova has the team play- ing hard. "They're a team that's scrappy and will play a lot of full-court pressure," Edwards said. "As a team we've got to keep mentally fo- cused and take care of what we do." LOVELL (49) Madison Harper 3 1-3 7, My- kelle Nichols 1 2-2 4, Savanna Savage 3 1-2 7, Lauren Hinck- ley 1 0-2 3, Chayli McArthur 7 0-1 14, Charri McArthur 4 0-0 8, Emilee Reasch 2 2-6 6. Totals 21 6-15 49. CODY (31) A. Nieters 2 0-0 6, E. Hinze 2 2-2 6, H. Bailey 2 3-4 7, M Fales 1 1-2 3, R. Gee 1 0-0 2, J. Dollard 1 1-2 3, A. Brasher 0 0-2 0, E. Larson 1 2-5 4, S. Vannoy 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 9-17 31. Lovell 11 8 14 16 - 49 Cody 11 4 5 11 - 31 Three-point field goals - Hinck- ley 1; Nieters 2. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Lovel115, Cody 11. time in BY SAM SMITH Rocky Mountain High School junior Seth Full- er set a new personal-best time in the 100-yard back- stroke Friday at a home dual meet in Powell against the Worland Warriors. Swimming for the Pow- ell Panthers, Fuller's time of 1:01.98 won him the event. He also won the 50- yard freestyle, swimming in at 25.13. He participated in the 200-yard medley relay that placed first with a time of 1:53.59 and in the 400- yard freestyle relay that placed second at 3:49.88. Jared Fuller, a fresh- men at Rocky, placed eighth in the 50-yard free for the Panthers with a time of 29.9 seconds and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:33.38. He also participated in the 200-yard freestyle relay the team swam in a time of 2:12.83 to place third and also in the 400-yard freestyle re- lay that placed fourth with a time of 4:26.1. The Powell Panthers won the dual meet against Worland 102-78. Madison Harper Madison came off the bench to score 7 pts. on 3 of 3 shooting and added 3 rebounds and 2 steals in Lovel!'s win over Cody She is one of the hardest workers on the team. Jaret Collins Jam placed 3rd in the 285 lb. division at the Don Runner Wrestling tournament at V~nd River HS. He h a very hard worker, Sponsored by ~TM 59 E. 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