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www. LovellChronicle.com February 18, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle 19 Lady Grizz ready for final conference game BY BRAD DEVEREAUX After two wins against south Big Horn County teams Greybull and River- side, the Rocky Mountain Lady Grizzlies have solidi- fled their second-place con- ference standing. With just two more games left before Regionals, the Grizz will fight hard this weekend for a win to tie the Lovell Lady Bulldogs' conference record and knock off the so far un- defeated 2A Northeast Big Horn. Rocky Mountain coach Ryan Boettcher said the Lady Grizz did a good job controlling the tempo dur- Lug Friday's game with Greybull in Byron. A solid team effort and a willing- ness to keep playing hard after they gained a sizable lead helped them to score double-digits in every quar- ter for a 64-31 victory. "The girls have been working hard in practice and made quality shots and good passes against Grey- bull," Boettcher said. "I ap- plaud the girls. They kept it under control from start to finish." The Lady Grizz pushed off with their lowest-scor- ing quarter, though it was double what the Lady Buffs scored, ending 12-6. Lead- LUg scorer Eliza Higgins had 6 points in the quarter, along with one basket each from three teammates. As the game continued, the Grizz settled in and played good defense, frus- trating the Lady Buffs and forcing them to shoot over Rocky Mountain players to earn every basket, the coach said. Kallee Jo Hernandez opened up for 10 points in the second quarter with four baskets and two of two free throws from the line. Melissa Iverson joined in with a basket and Higgins added 5 points to end the half at 29-13. "If you can play good of- fense you can frustrate oth- er teams on their offensive end. Greybull started rush- ing a little bit," Boettch- er said. "The idea is to not let.teams back in the game once you get ahead." Greybull never did get back into the game, as the Lady Grizz stayed focused and added 13 points in the third and 19 in the fourth. Higgins hit two of two from the line after a technical foul on the Greybull bench. With the home crowd roaring in the packed gym and the pep band playing from the balcony above the court, the Lady Grizz sent the gymnasium out in style with a 61-34 blowout. It was 1-21. Totals 25 11-23 61. GREYBULL (34) M. Denniston 2 1-2 3, J. Hunt 1 1-4 3, A. Powers 0 0-0 0, M. Jolley 2 0-0 4, K. Anderson 0 4-6 4, K. Wilkerson 3 0-3 7, L. Kern 2 0-0 4, K. Cundall 0 0-0 0, A. Craft 1 0-0 2, M. Flitner 0 0-0 0, J. Miller 3 1-2 7. Totals 14 7-19 34. ROCKY MTN 12 17 13 19-61 GREYBULL 6 7 8 13 -34 Three point field goals - K. Wilkerson 1. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - RM 15, GB 18. Saturday, the Lady Grizz traveled to Basin to face the Riverside Lady Rebels. The teams played pretty evenly through the first part of the game, knot- ting the score at 32 to send it into overtime. But the Lady Grizz came out ahead in the fifth period and didn't give the Rebels a chance to their final performance in come back, winning 42-36. the Byron gym, with plans set for the district to move into the new RM 6-12 school at the start of the 2010-11 school year. Boettcher said the Grizz shot a better percentage in Friday's game compared to their last game against Greybull (42 percent Fri- day, 18 percent in the pre- vious match). Stephanie Allred also re-joined the squad, back af- ter an ankle injury had her sitting out for a large part of the season. Boettcher said Allred's presence made the team deeper and gave them more opportunities to sub- stitute and keep the lineup fresh. Looking on the bright side of the injury, Boettcher said some other girls gained valuable experience during Allred's absence. The box score: ROCKY MTN (61) Melanie Wahlbrink 2 2-1 5, Melissa Iverson 1 2-1 3, Pilar Rivera 0 0-0 0, Stephanie AIIred 0 0-0 0, Miranda Wilson 1 0-4 2, Kallee Jo Hemandez 9 2-3 20, Lauren Riverside started to con- trol the tempo of the game off the whistle, Boettcher said, and the Grizz were slow to adjust to the Lady Rebels' defense, first man- to-man and quickly switch- ing to a sagging 2-3 zone. 'e didn't force the tempo enough," Boettcher said. "At the same time we were trying to be solid de- fensively, but we gave up a few looks early, on and got behind." The Grizz trailed 19- 15 at halftime but came out charging in the third quarter. Higgins shot five two-pointers, along with a basket each from Lau- ren Peterson and Melaine Wahlbrink to knot the score again at 29 to end the quar- ter. Boettcher said the Grizz still struggled to put a qual- ity run together, but they learned a lot about how to play against the Lady Rebel defense. "They're small and Peterson 3 0-1 6, Leslie Blackburn OO-0 0, quick enough that we can'_t Eliza Higgins 9 5-7 23, Mandee Leonhardt counter it with movement 00-00, K. Leonhardt01-21, Parker00-0 like we usually do," the 0, Brianna Hocker 0 0-0 0, RachelAIIred0 coach said. "It's al] about match-ups." Stephanie Allred sank one from inside the arc and Higgins added one from the foul line in the fourth, matched by three of eight from the foul line from Riv- erside, tying the game at 32 and sending it into over- time. The Grizz got ahead early in overtime and cap- italized from the foul line, outscoring the Lady Rebels 10-4 to get the win, 42-36. Boettcher said the Grizz shot well, but didn't put up as many shots as the night before. He said the River- side High School gym is al- ways a challenge to play in for the Lady Grizz. "I'm proud of the girls for controlling the game in overtime," Boettcher said. "After we got ahead it was tough for (Riverside) to get back into the game." The box score: ROCKY MTN (42) Wahlbrink 1 0-0 2, Iverson 0 0-0 0, Rivera 0 0-0 0, S. AIIred 1 0-1 2, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Hemandez 3 3-6 9, Peterson 1 2-4 4, Blackburn 3 0-1 61Higgins 9 1-3 19, M Leonhardt 0 0-0 0, K. Leonhardt 0 0-0 0, Parker 0 0-0 0, Hocker 0 0-0 0, R. AIIred 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 6-15 42. RIVERSIDE (36) Katelynd Vaura 0 0-0 0, Emily McKim 0 0-0 0, Chancey Rollins 0 1-3 1, Chelsea Longshore 0 2-2 2, Amber Getzfried 8 1-3 19, Michelle Hovey 2 3-6 8, Kinli Vigil 0 0-0 O, Sasha Rollins 2 1-4 5, Brittany Vigil 0 1-4 1, Cyndie Clark 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 9-22 36. Three point field goals - Getzfded 2, Hovey 1. Fouled out - Peterson. Total fouls RM 23, RS 17. Boettcher said the team is excited to play Lovell tonight in Lovell. Games against Lovell are always exciting, but this one will carry some extra weight as the Grizz will attempt to beat LoveU to become co- champions of the 2A North- west, Boettcher said. JV be- gins at4 p.m, and varsity is at 5:30. Things don't get any easier when the Lady Grizz BRAD DEVEREAUX Kallee Jo Hernandez slips past defenders and sends a layup through the hoop during Rocky Mountain's game against Greybull Friday. head to challenge the unde- feated team from Big-Horn. With a close game at the end of January, Boettcher said he has high hopes for his team to minimize mis- takes and take down Big Horn. Games are at noon (JV) and 1:30 p.m. (varsi- ty). Final game in Byron a dandy as Grizz battle the Buffs BY DAVID PECK The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies sent the old gym out in style Friday night, giving the conference-lead- ing Greybull Buffaloes all they wanted in the final game at the RMHS Gym in Byron before falling 49-42. It was an emotional, hard-fought game for the Grizz, who then turned around and played at Riv- erside High School in Basin Saturday afternoon, where they scratched out a 45-40 win. Friday's game was re- warding and frustrating all at the same time for the Grizzlies. Playing before a packed house on senior night and wanting to send the 73-year-old gym out in style, the Grizzlies played hard and out-played the Buffs or matched them in many aspects of the game, for instance hitting eight three-pointers to Greybull's zero and playing even on the boards. In the end, however, poor free-throw shooting and a few too many turn- overs doomed the Grizzlies. The Grizz hit just four of 16 free throws and had 21 turnovers to Greybull's 15. "Our turnovers were better," coach Michael Sim- mons said. 'Tee had 35 at their place. We felt confi- dent with the game plan we had. We didn't make a lot of adjustments from the game at their place - the first three quarters...we threw out the fourth. We made some little adjustments and came in with confidence. We were prepared for them." Early in the game, in- deed for most of the game, the Grizzlies were patient on offense working for good shots against the Greybull 2-3 zone. An early three- pointer by Luke Leonhardt, a jumper by Thomas Trout- man, a jumper by Brandon Foster and a trey from the DAvm ICK Rocky Mountain sophomore Derik Romero makes a move past Greybulrs Ryan Winkler during Friday night's game in Byron. The Grizz travel to Lovell Thursday and Big Horn Saturday for final regular season games. corner by Austin Leonhardt helped the Grizz jump out to a 10-4 lead. "The kids were confident and knew what they want- ed to do," Simmons said. "If they executed the game plan, they could be success- ful all the way through the game. Greybull had a cou- ple of spurts (where they turned some turnovers into layups)." One of those spurts came late in the first quar- ter when the Buffs out- scored the Grizz 8-0 to lead 12-10 at the quarter break. Then after a power move by KJ Blackburn and a three- pointer by Brandon Bu- lanek put the Grizz up 15-12 early in the second quarter, the Buffs responded with an 11-0 run and went on to lead at halftime, 25-18. Austin Leonhardt and Foster led an 8-2 run ear- ly in the third quarter that cut the Greybull lead to one at 27-26, but the Buffs out- scored the home team 6-2 the rest of the quarter to lead 33-28 after three. Rocky came out strong in the fourth. Trailing 35- 29, the Grizz tied the score at 35 on a trey by Austin Leonhardt on an assist from Troutman and on a step- back trey by Foster. Grey- bull gradually pulled ahead to lead 40-36, but a trey on an in-bounds play by Austin Leonhardt kept the Grizz close at 40-39 with under three minutes to play. The Grizzlies couldn't get over the hump, howev- er, scoring only one more basket on a Troutman drive and missing four out of five free throws down the stretch. Simmons knows the Grizzlies are competing and getting closer to where they want to be as a team, and he said the next two weeks of practice will be critical. "We're very pleased as coaches," he said. "The ef- fort was there. Things are coming together. I just hope we can get it done, but the improvement is there. The kids fought hard." Austin Leonhardt fin- ished with 14 points on five- of-10 shooting. Foster added 8 points and 10 rebounds, Troutman 6 points and six assists. KJ Blackburn and Luke Leonhardt scored 5 points each. The box score: GREYBULL (49) Dillon McCoy 1 0-0 2, Austin Frazier 5 0-0 10, Ryan Winkler 0 0-0 0, Jordan Jolley 4 2-2 10, Sean Sylvester 6 8-10 20, Braden Miller 1 0-1 2, Travis Sylvester 1 0-0 2, Seth Hoblit 0 0-0 0, Cody Du 0 0-0 0, Hayden Goton 1 1-2 3. Totals 19 11-15 49. ROCKY (42) Thomas Troutman 2 2-6 6, Brandon Bulanek 1 0-2 3, Logan Fdedly 0 0-0 0, Luke Leonhardt 2 0-0 5, Austin Leonhardt 5 0-0 14, Dedk Romero 0 1-2 1, KJ Blackburn 2 1-7 5, Brandon Foster 3 0-0 8, Martin Consuelos 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 4-16 42. Greybull 12 13 8 16-49 Rocky 10 8 10 14-42 Three-point field goals - A. Leonhardt 4, Foster 2, Bulanek 1, L. Leonhardt 1. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Greybul115, Rocky 18. WIN IN BASIN The Grizzlies were a lit- tle sluggish in Basin Satur- day. They found themselves tied 9-9 after the first quar- ter against the 1-15 Rebels, then fell behind 14-12 at the half after a second quar- ter that saw the Rebels out- score the Grizz 5-3. Rocky got it going in the second half, out-scoring the Rebels 14-11 in the third quarter to lead 26-25, then winning the fourth 19-15 to take the game by five, 45- 40. "We were physically and emotionally tired (after the game) Friday night," Simmons said. "All week we practiced for Greybull, and we told them to play like it was our only game. "It showed early in the game (Saturday). We didn't have a lot of energy, and some of the kids over- looked them, We told them we would have to go out and fight on Riverside's home floor, that they were not go- ing to lie down. We never play well there. "We tried to pressure them and get some energy and easy baskets. But we didn't have enough pop in it. When you go to trap, you can't do it half speed. To Brent's credit (coach Brent Winters), they played hard right until the final buzzer. They were playing to win." Foster led the Grizz with 12 points and eight re- bounds. Troutman added 10 points (all on free throws) and eight assists, Black- burn 8 points, six boards and 11 steals Luke Leon- hardt 7 points and Austin Leonhardt 5 points and five boards. The box score: ROCKY (45) Thomas Troutman 010-14 10, Jessee Hemandez 0 0-0 0, Brandon Bulanek 1 0-0 2, Logan Friedly 0 0-0 0, Luke Leonhardt 2 3-10 7, Tyrell Humphreys 0 0-0 0, Austin Leonhardt 2 0-0 5, Derik Romero 0 0-0 0, KJ Blackburn 3 2-5 8, Brandon Foster 4 4-6 12, Martin Consuelos 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 20-37 45. RIVERSIDE (40) Clint Getzfreid 3 2-4 8, Dan Koch 2 0-2 4, Zach Christopherson 1 0-0 2, Jordan Her- man 01-21, Mike Miller 1 2-4 4, JL Miller 2 5-6 11, Brynnt Wood 2 2-2 6, Brandon Black 2 0-04. Totals 13 12-22 40. RockyMt 9 3 14 19-45 Riverside 9 5 11 15-40 See 'RMHS,' page 11