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CHR S February 16, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 9 DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain junior guard Shane Wocicki drives for one of this three consecutive baskets in the third quarter of Rocky's dramatic 51-49 win over the Greybull Buffs Friday night in Cowley. The Grizzlies travel to Lovell for a 7 p.m. tip-off tonight (Thursday). Sports Calendar Thursday, Feb. 16 HS indoor track - Lovell at Simplot Games, Pocatello, Idaho HS girls basketball - Rocky at Lovell, 4, 5:30 p.m. HS boys basketball - Rocky at Lovell, 4, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 HS indoor track - Lovell at Simplot Games, Pocatello, Idaho HS wrestling - Regional tournament in Shoshoni, 4 p.m. MS girls basketball - Rocky at conf. tourney, Meeteetse, TBA Saturday, Feb. 18 HS wrestling - Regional tournament in Shoshoni, 9 a.m. HS indoor track - Lovell at Simplot Games, Pocatello, Idaho MS girls basketball - Rocky at conf. tourney, Meeteetse, TBA MS girls basketball - Lovell 7 th at conf. tourney, Powell, TBA MS girls basketball - Lovell 8 th at conf. tourney, Cody, TBA MS wrestling - Conference meet in Cowley, TBA HS girls basketball--Rocky at Big Horn, 12, 1:30 p.m. HS boys basketball - Rocky at Big Horn, 12, 3 p.m. Women's college bb - Colorado State at Wyoming, 2 p.m. Jr. college women's bb - Miles Community Col. at NWC, 3 p.m. Jr. college men's bb - Miles Community Col. at NWC, 5 p.m. HS girls basketball - Lovell at Thermopolis, 4, 5:30 p.m. HS boys basketball- Lovell at Thermopolis, 4, 7 p.m. Men's college bb - Wyoming at Colorado State, 7 (The Mtn.) Tuesday, Feb. 21 Women's college bb - San Diego State at Wyoming, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Men's college bb - Wyoming at San Diego St., 8:30 (The Mtn.) Thursday, Feb. 23 HS girls basketball - Regional Tournament, Riverton, TBA HS boys basketball- Regional Tournament, Riverton, TBA Friday, Feb. 24 HS wrestling - State tournament in Casper, 9 a.m. HS girls basketball - Regional Tournament, Riverton, TBA HS boys basketball- Regional Tournament, Riverton, TBA Standings BOYS 2A NORTHWEST Conf. Overall Team W L W L Lovell 5 1 15 3 Rocky Mtn. 5 2 8 11 Greybull 5 3 15 7 Riverside 2 5 8 10 Thermopolis 0 6 2 19 RESULTS Friday, February 10 Lovell 68, Riverside 50 Rocky 51, Greybull 49 Saturday, February 11 Riverside 41, Rocky 35 Greybull 64, Big Horn 54 Thermopolis 57, Shoshoni 54 Lovell 76, Worland 45 SCHEDULE Thursday, February 16 Rocky at Lovell, 4, 7 p.m. Friday, February 17 T. River at Greybull, 4, 5:30 p.m. Riverside at Thermop, 4, 7 p.m. Saturday, February 18 Rocky at Big Horn, 12, 3 p.m. Burlington at Riverside, 12, 3 p.m. Lovell at Thermop, 4, 7 p.m. Monday, February 20 Regional play-in game, TBA Thermopolis vs. Riverside Thursday, February 23 Regional Tournament, Rivet'ton GIRLS 2A NORTHWEST Conf. Overall Team W L W L Lovell 6 0 17 1 Rocky Mtn. 5 2 12 7 Thermopolis 4 2 13 8 Riverside 1 6 3 16 Greybull 1 7 5 16 RESULTS Friday, February 10 Lovell 62, Riverside 30 Rocky 42, Greybull 26 Saturday, February 11 Big Horn 51, Greybull 41 Shoshoni 50, Thermopolis 37 Rocky 45, Riverside 30 Lovell 50, Worland 39 SCHEDULE Thursday, February 16 Rocky at Lovell, 4, 5:30 p.m. Friday, February 17 Riverside at Thermop, 4, 5:30 p.m. T. River at Greybull, 4, 7 p.m. Saturday, February 18 Rocky at Big Horn, 12, 1:30 p.m. Burlington at Riverside, 1:30, 4:30 p.m. Lovell at Thermop, 4, 5:30 p.m. Monday, February 20 Regional play-in game, TBA Riverside vs. Greybull Thursday, February 23 Regional Tournament, Riverton Grizz win thriller over Greybull, fall to Riverside BY DAVID PECK In perhaps the most excit- ing game of the season so far, the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies stopped the Greybull Buffaloes for the second time this season Friday night at the RMHS Gym in Cowley, 51-49, boosting their Five Rivers Conference record to 5-1, even with the Lovell Bull- dogs. Saturday, however, perhaps experiencing an inevitable let- down and playing in a difficult venue, the Grizz fell to the Riv- erside Rebels in Basin, 41-35, to fall to 5-2 in the conference, 8-11 overall. Friday's win did clinch second place for the Grizz, however, and the home team did it in dramatic fashion. "We match up OK with Greybull," coach Michael Sim- mons said. "Their strength is in their guards. And sometimes you've got a team's number. There are things they do that we prepared for." Simmons said coaches no- ticed that Greybull has been us- ing its "wheel offense" that the Buffs utilize from time to time, where guards penetrate and ei- ther take the ball to the basket or kick it out for open shots. "They had success with that dribble penetration against Lovell; they've always had that offense (in their arsenal)," Sim- mons said. "We played man un- derneath but switched everything on top, which prevents all of that chasing. We feel very comfortable with any of our three, four and five guards (as defenders). "They got very frustrated very quickly because they'd had so much success against Lovell." Playing his last home game in a Grizzly uniform, senior De- rik Romero lit it up early for the Grizzlies, hitting three first-quar- ter treys as the Grizzlies led 16- 10 after one. "As the lone senior we gave him the green light to have a good time," Simmons said. "It was a big game, but we wanted to do what we could do to let Derik have a big night." In the second quarter, Ka- son Clutter found some success against the Grizzlies, scoring 6 points as the Buffs outscored the Grizz 14-10, leaving Rocky up 26-24 at intermission. Rocky would have had a bigger lead but missed seven of eight free-throw attempts, a condition that would plague the Grizz all night. In the third, Greybull further cut into the Rocky lead with an 11-10 advantage, and the game was tied at 26, 28 and 30. Shane Wocicki scored three straight buckets, and then Bryce Ward ex- ecuted a power reverse layup and Bill Despain hit Joey Jewell for two as Rocky built a 36-30 lead. A steal and layup by Wyatt Good ig- nited a 5-0 Greybull spurt as the Buffs closed the margin to one at the quarter break, 36-35. A seven-minute scoring drought for the Grizz lasted into the fourth quarter as Greybull built a 42-37 lead, and Simmons called timeout with 3:14 left in the game. "We were settling for outside shots instead of letting the of- fense work to get better shots," he said. "We recommitted to the lit- tle things that made us success- ful. I said we had plenty of time - there is no five-point play - but we were getting some stops. We just needed to reassert ourselves and get to the backboard, where we were successful." Romero hit one of two free throws with 3:03 to play, and then the senior drained a clutch three- pointer to cut the Greybull lead to one, 42-41. Austin Frazier scored in transition for the Buffs, but Ward scored on a baseline drive and Bernhisel hit one of two tech- nical foul shots following a BuffT. Bernhisel hit two more free throws, and after Nell Getzfreid answered for Greybull, Bernhis- el slashed to the basket for two to put the Grizz up 48-46 with a minute left. Getzfreid hit one of two at the line, and after a Clut- ter steal, Getzfreid hit a jumper that put the Buffs up 49-48. In the final 20 seconds Ber- nhisel hit two of two at the line to put Rocky up 50-49, Clutter missed at the line for Greybull and Ward hit one of two for Rocky. After an exchange of turn- overs, Greybull tried a lob play for Getzfreid inside, but the ball went over his head and was gloved by Bernhisel to preserve the victory. "Michael Bernhisel found the zone in the fourth quarter," Sim- mons said. "You try to convince players to just play the game and not get caught up in the crowd and the noise. Michael was in tune. You could see it in his eyes. "The kids played hard. Coach- es talk about Xs and Os, but the kids have got to do it. We made some shots in the the fourth quar- ter, and we played pretty good de- fense throughout the game." Romero finished with a game- high 14 points, and Bernhisel had 10 points, eight rebounds, five as- sists and four steals. Wocicki and Ward added 8 points each, Jew- ell 5 points, Cannon Simmons 4 points and four assists and Kir- by Winland 2 points and a game- high 10 rebounds. The box score: GREYBULL (49) Payton Gonzales 0 1-2 1, Austin Frazier 3 0-0 6, Wyatt Good 2 2-3 6, Kason Clut- ter 6 1-3 13, Quinton Haley 1 0-0 2, Travis Sylvester 2 0-2 4, Nell Getzfreid 3 1-2 7, Hayden Goton 4 0-t 8, Brady Schoemaker 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 5-13 49. ROCKY (51) Michael Bernhisel 2 5-6 10, Shane Wocicki 4 0-2 8, Joey Jewell 2 1-5 5, Bill Despain 0 0-0 0, Kirby Winland 1 0-7 2, Derik Romero 4 2-6 14, Cannon Simmons 2 0-0 4, Bryce Ward 3 1-3 8. Totals 18 9-29 51. Greybull 10 14 11 14-49 Rocky 16 10 10 15-51 Three-point field goals - Romero 4, Bernhis- el 1. Fouled out- Sylvester, Goton; Winland. Total fouls - Greybull 22, Rocky 17. ROAD LOSS It was, perhaps, inevitable that the Grizzlies would suffer a letdown Saturday following the emotional win the night before, and that was, indeed, the case, Simmons said, as the Grizz strug- gled against the Riverside Rebels during a 41-35 loss in Basin. "We talked about the letdown and tried to avoid it coming off a game like that," he said. "We talked about having to create our own energy. We went up early, and then they just started pound- ing it into (Brynnt) Wood. We got caught up trying to change stuff and improvise and we abandoned our responsibilities in order to stop Wood. He got his points, but you can't abandon what makes you successful." Wood, the big senior center, scored 11 first-quarter points as the Rebels led 16-9 after the first quarter, and he added two more buckets in the second as River- side built the lead to 32-21 at half time. See RIZZ GUYS,' page 10 Lady Grizz roar this week BY PATTI CARPENTER The RMHS girls basketball team took on Greybull at home on Friday night and prevailed 42-26. The girls started off steady and held their ground all four quar- ters. "Everybody stepped up in this game and pretty much everyone who played scored some points. We switched up our defense to manage our legs a little bit, we created pressure to create turnovers, and did a good job of not turning the ball over to them," said coach Ryan Boettcher. Kallee Jo Wilson was the top scorer with 11 points. Mikayla Hocker scored 9, Mandee Leon- hardt 6, Rachael Allred and Brianna Hocker 5 each, Hannah Winland 4 and Isabel Gurrola 2. The girls established themselves early on and maintained the lead every quarter of the game. Boettcher thought Greybull was a "very physical bunch" and he was pleased with how well the Lady Grizz handled the pressure. "It was one of those weekends where we felt like we were in control of the games," said Boettcher. The girls also played an away game with Riv- erside in Basin, Saturday, winning 45-30. Again, the girls came on strong, maintaining a lead of 13-6 after the first quarter. They held on to that edge throughout, staying ahead in all four quarters. Wilson was again the top scorer with 22 points, and Shauna Loman added 7, Allred 6, Leonhardt, Hocker and Winland 2 apiece. "We were able to establish Kallee and she played a good game for us," said Boettcher. Again, Boettcher thought the girls clicked as a team during the game. "We had good ball movement, we were patient and we didn't try to force shots," said Boettcher. "The girls were playing good, solid basketball this weekend. They looked out for each other and every- one was involved." The girls have another big week ahead where they will face Lovell, the number one team in the state, on Thursday night in Lovell with game times of 4 and 5:30 p.m. This will be the last conference game of the season for the Lady Grizz. "We know they're a good solid team and there won't be any pulling away from them," said Boettch- er. "We just hope to stay in there and play the best we can." PATti CARPENTER Brianna Hocker reaches for a basket at the game played against Greybull on Feb. 10 at RMHS. They will travel to Big Horn for an away game on Saturday with game times of noon and 1:30 p.m. "We had a great game with them when they were here last time," said Boettcher. "This will be a tough road game and a great way to finish off our road season."