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The Lovell Chronicle, February 21, 2008, page 10 Feb: 20 "rlam Lovell Kemmerer Cody Wodand 4 8 Jackson 4 9 Lyman 3 1 8 7 11 7 I3 Thursday, February 14 Lovel 78, Rocky Mtm40 Lovel145, Powel138 Pinedale 56, Kemmerer 50 Jackson 45, Lyman 42 Saturday, February 16 Pinedale 57, Lyman 45 Kemmerer 65, Jackson 52 Powell 59, Rocky Mtn. 31 Worland 55, Cody 39 Monday, February 18 PoweU 52. Lyman 37 Tuesday, February 19 Cody 50, Lyman 35 SCHEDULE Wednesday, February 20. Worland at Powell, 4, 7 p.m. Thursday, February 28 A West Regional Tournament in Pinedale, TBA GIRLS 3A WEST Conf. Overall Team W Jackson 13 Love. Worland Powell S Cody Lyman2 11 4 1S Pinsdale 16 Kemmerer t6 RESULTS Thursday, February 14 Lovelt 66 ROcky Mtn. 36, Worland 56, Greybull 37 Fridayi= February= 15 Lyman over Pinedale Jackson 56, Kemmerer 33 Powe 53, Rocky Mtn. 25 Worland 81, Cody 59 Monday, FebruarY 18 Jackson at By David Peck The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies must have felt as if they'd been run over by a train T?hursday night, as a red-ho)t-shooting Lovell Bulldog squad broke the game wilde open early en route to a 78-40 win over the Grizzlies at Winterhol- ler Gym iin Lovell. Love]ll came out strong and sco]red the first 14 points o)f the game be- fore a dlrive by Adam A1- varado rand a free throw by Lane Friedly temporar- ily stopped the bleeding for the Grizz . Seni(ors Braden Fink and Bramdon Angell scored 4 points each for the Bull- dogs dmring the early run as a snnothering defense took the Grizzlies out of their offfense and forced several t;urnovers. Love ll went on to lead 21-3 at tthe end of the first quarter, then carried a 25- 0 run deep into the second quarter to lead 39-3 before Carlos :Hernandez hit a three-po)inter to interrupt the run. Fink scored 7 points during the run on a power spin mo)ve, a put-back and a trey, Hyrum Check- etts ad(ded three baskets and Gramt Geiser a pair of treys fore 6 points each. The Bulldog ,s were hot inside and out Lov ll went on to lead 46-10 att halftime. Roclky coach Michael Simmons said the first-half effort byt the Grizz was puz- zling. "It was a head-scratch- ing firstt half," he said. "As a staff, we felt comfortable the kids would come out and compete. The rival- ry naturally breeds that. Shame on me for not cre- ating enough energy be- fore th,e game, but in the past it's just naturally been there. "I tlhink there was a lit- tle bit o)f fear in our players' eyes from the beginning, but I give Lovell credit. We had them shooting 65.4 per- cent for two-point shots and 66.7 percent from three- point range in the first half. Lovell did some good things early and shot over 50 per- cent for the game. That will win you a lot of games." Lovell coach Joe Korit- nik agreed that his team played well against the Grizz. "We played hard defen- sively," he said. "They had trouble attacking the bas- ket and had a lot of turn- overs early. Offensively, as much as anything we seemed to be very relaxed. We had good shot selection and moved the ball inside like we wanted to. "They didn't play as hard as they did in their gym We played very well and played with a lot of confidence." " Rocky came out with more energy in the sec- ond half. Alvarado led an 8-0 run for the Grizzlies with a pair of treys midway through the third quarter, but the Bulldogs finished the quarter with an 11- 0 run to lead 63-22 at the break. The Grizzlies finally got rolling in the fourth quarter and outscored the Bulldogs 18-15. Alvarado scored 9 of his team-high 17 points in the fourth. "We talked at the half that we can't coach height and we can't coach quick- ness, but it's a personal reflection on the program when we don't give 100 per- cent," Simmons said. "We expect it regardless of the score or regardless of who we're playing. I was proud of the kids for responding to that. We did play a lot harder in the second half." Koritnik said he chal- lenged his team to keep playing hard at the defen- sive end of the floor but said they weren't as effec- tive with the big lead and with some backup players in the game. He said it was great to get Wes Schmidt, Trevor Harrison and Wes Mangus some quality play- ing time. Fink finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a strong all-around performance. Checketts added 18 points and five rebounds, Geiser 15 points and bombed in five of six from beyond the arc to go with five steals and four assists. Angell had 14 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists, Jameson 6 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. For the Grizz, Alvara- do had 17 points and three steals, Korey Hocker 9 points and nine rebounds, Friedly 5 points and four rebounds, Hernandez 5 points and three stdals and KJ Blackburn 4 points and five boards. Lovell shot the ball well, hitting 34 of 56 shots overall (61 percent) and seven of 11 (64 percent) from three-point range. Rocky shot 30 percent from the field. The box score: ROCKY MTN. (40) Caleb Boardman 0 0-0 0, Luis Jurado 0 0-0 0, Korey Hocker 4 0-1 9, Adam Alvarado 6 2-2 17, Lane Friedly 0 5-6 5, Randall Mann 0 0-0 0, Sam Seitz 0 0-0 0, KJ Blackburn 2 0-0 4, Carlos Hernandez 2 0-0 5. Totals 14 7-9 40. LOVELL (78) Grant Geiser 5 0-0 15, Trevor Harrison 0 0-0 0, Wes Mangus 0 0-0 0, Dane Robert- son 1 0-0 2, Scotty Jameson 3 0-0 6, Wes Schmidt 1 0-0 3, Brandon Angell 7 0-2 14, Hyrum Checketts 9 0-0 18, Braden Fink 8 3-5 20. Totals 34 3-7 78. Rocky 3 7 12 18-40 Lovell 21 25 17 15-78 Three-point field goals -Alvarado 3, Hocker 1, Hernandez 1; Geiser 5, Schmidt 1, Fink 1. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Rocky nine, Lovel115. Lovell JVs win Lovell won the junior varsity game, also, 52-36, jumping out to a 17-3 lead after the first quarter and maintaining the margin af- ter that. Shane Dickerson DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain junior Adam Alvarado drives in- side against Lovell center Brandon Angell during Thursday's game at Winterholler Gym. led the Bulldogs with 12 points and Josh Scheffler added 11, Tyrel Harrison 8, Wes Mangus and Jeff Lewis 6 each, Wes Schmidt 5 and Trevor Harrison and Ben Long 2 each. For the Grizz, BJ Foster scored 14 points, Guy Jones and Brandon Bulanek 6 each, Luis Jurado and Ran- dall Mann 5 apiece. at Pinedale BOYS 2A NORTHWEST Conf. Overall I 2A Thermop vs. Greybull Rock ~ovell Tongue RiVer Poweil Mtn. Third- By David Peck It ]looks like the Lovell Bulldo gs have adjusted to the rtugged style of Class 3A ba,sketball just fine. In yet amother tough defen- sive b attle, the Lovell Bull- dogs cilinched the 3A West Conference regular season title Friday night by stop- ping the Powell Panthers 45-38 at Winterholler Gym in Lovell. The game certainly wasn't a work of art, but the Bulldogs persevered to run their conference record to 11-1 and their overall mark to 18-1. "We wanted to win DAVID PECK Lowell senior Dane Robertson rises for a jump- er over Powelrs Mitchell McArthur during Friday night's game in Lovell. The Bulldogs host Cody to- night (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. the conference champion- ship outright and do it at home," coach Joe Koritnik said. "We were motivated to come out and play well against Powell. It was a pretty even ballgame. We shot the ball a little bet- ter." Powell came out strong and gradually took a 7-2 lead as the Bulldogs strug- gled shooting the ball. But the Bulldogs were tough on defense and shut the Pan- thers out over the last four minutes of the first quar- ter. Meanwhile, a drive by Brandon Angell and an in- side power move by Braden Fink kept the Bulldogs close at 7-6, but neither team scored in the last 2:50 of the quarter. Two baskets by Hyrum Checketts put Lovell up 10- 7 in the second quarter, and the Bulldogs blanked the Panthers for the first four minutes of the quarter, ex- tending their drought to more than eight minutes. Back to back three- pointers by Scotty Jameson and Grant Geiser and an inside bank shot by Check- etts boosted the Lovell lead to 18-9 before the Panthers scored their only basket of the second quarter - a jumper by Galen Mills - to cut the Lovell lead to 18-11 at the half. A Jameson follow shot and a trey by Geiser boost- ed the Lovell lead to 23-11 early in the third quarter, and it looked like the Bull- dogs might pull away. But Powell scored three bas- kets to cut the lead to 23-17 before Koritnik called time out. LoveU responded with a Checketts jumper and two free throws by James- on to lead 27-17. Treys by Powell sharp- shooter Michael Hildeb- rand cut the lead to 27-23, but Jameson nailed a trey to kill the Powell momen- tum. Two free throws at the end of the quarter kept Powell in range trailing 30- 25 after three. The Bulldogs took it in- side in the fourth quarter as Fink scored 7 and Angell 5. The Panthers scrambled to come back and got to with- in three points at 41-38 be- fore Geiser put a nail in the coffin with a follow jump shot with about a minute and a half to play. Powell didn't score again and the Bulldogs upped the final margin to seven with free throws down the stretch. "We seemed to always respond to their shots," Ko- ritnik said. "Our big guys down the stretch did a good job finding each other, and Scotty's three (in the third) was huge. "It was typical. eryone (in the conference) plays that style, and no- body blows anyone out." Jameson led a bal- anced Lovell attack with 10 points to go with five steals and five rebounds. Angell and Fink added 9 points, two blocks and five rebounds each, Checketts 9 points, two blocks and four boards. Geiser finished with 8 points, six rebounds and four assists. Dane Rob- ertson didn't score but had nine rebounds. Powell won the JV game 40-23, pulling away after a close first quarter. Wes Schmidt scored 5 points for the Bulldogs, Wes Mangus, Ben Long, Tyrel Harri- son and Jeff Lewis 4 each, Shane Dickerson 2. The varsity box score: POWELL (38) Jordan Brown 0 2-3 2, Gavin Mills 0 1-2 1, Galen Mills 2 1-2 5, Ryan Brandt 4 0-0 8, Michael Hildebrand 4 1-2 12, Mitchell McArthur 4 0-0 10, Matt McArthur 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 5-9 38. LOVELL (45) Grant Geiser 3 0-0 8, Dane Robertson 0 0-0 0, Scotty Jameson 3 2-2 10, Brandon Angel14 1-3 9, Hyrum Checketts 4 1-3 9, Braden Fink 4 1-3 9. Totals 18 5-11 45. Powell 7 4 14 13-38 Lovell 6 12 12 15-45 Three-point field goals - Hildebrand 3, Mitchell McArthur 2; Geiser 2, Jameson 2, Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Powell 12, Lovell 9. Final weekend The Bulldogs will host Cody tonight (Thursday) for the final home game of the season, then travel to Worland Friday for the reg- ular season finale. Tonight, Lovell hopes to avenge a 47-33 loss the team suffered at Cody on Jan. 25, then adjust to the fast-paced style of the Worland Warriors Friday on the road. Games both nights are at 4 (JV) and 7:30 p.m. Koritnik said the team has broken down the re- mainder of the season into three segments: the three final conference games (in- cluding Powell), the re- gional tournament and the state tournament. 'Tee're taking it one game at a time," he said. "We're getting ready for Cody, then Worland. Thefre coming together as a team and have been tough down the stretch." The Cody game will be much like the Powell game, Koritnik said, tough and physical, and the ke ; will be to keep post play- ers Wrevor Feusner, Pres- ton Randolph and Trevor Morton off the boards and defend guard Zach Paris outside. "We'll have to rebound well and challenge inside," he said. "We'll have to hit perimeter shots, too, to keep the inside open. They like to sag in their man de- fense." Worland has won three straight games, beating Jackson 58-53, Greybull 82-37 and Cody 55-39. Not only do the Warriors have Chantz Ramos and his "non-stop energy," Koritnik said, but they're getting contributions from other players like Robert Heyer and will attack the basket and pass off when double- teamed. "They transition well and will throw it over the top," Koritnik said. "We'll have to make sure we get back."