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www.LovellCh ronicle.com February 25, 2009 I The Lovell Chronicle i 11 win over STANDINGS BY DAVID PECK quarter with a 10-4 burst to stay The Lovell Lady Bulldogs close at 25-22. clinched the 2A Northwest regular Lovell never trailed again, al- season title Thursday night by beat- though the Lady Grizz kept up the ing the rival Rocky Mountain Lady pressure. Peterson scored 6 points Grizzlies at Winterholler Gym inin the third quarter, Higgins 4, but Lovell - but it was far from easy. Katie Walker scored 6 and Koritnik The Lady Grizz came to play 5 in the third as Lovel] outscored and battled the Bulldogs tooth and the Grizz 16-10 to lead 41-32 after nail before the Lovell girls pre- three. vailed, 53-43. A drive by Mykel Anderson put "Defensively, we played really Lovell up 43-32 early in the fourth well," coach Bob Geiser said. "The quarter, but Rocky responded with rebounding was much closer than a 5-0 run to stay close at 43-37. An- it was the first game (when Rocky derson scored on an in-bounds pass had a strong edge). That was a from Koritnik to put Lovell up 45- good thing because we didn't shoot 37 and Geiser spread the floor to the ball very well. We missed a lot use up time and Rocky was forced of point-blank shots. As a coaching to foul. Lovell hit 8 of 10 free throws staff we were concerned, in the final four minutes to sew up "It was a typical rivalry game the victory. - two teams that know each oth- "That's been a trademark of er and then you add to it Parents these kids," Geiser said. "They have Night and everything riding on the ice water in their veins." game conference-wise" "We just didn't create enough Rocky coach Ryan Boettch- looks (in the second half)," Boettch- er agreed that the game was gooder said. "We stood a little bit. That competition for both teams, gets us every once in a while. We're "It was a good taste of what it's working on it all the time in prac- like to play on the road against a tice. We get tired and stand a lot. good opponent," he said. "In theWe've got to remember to move to first half our offense was working create opportunities. We had op- the way we like it to, and our de- portunities to come out and take fense was playing really well." the lead, but they did a good job of Geiser said that the Lady Bull- scoring when they had to." dogs held two of Rocky Mountain's Boettcher said the Lady Grizz top four scorers in check, doingare able to make baskets in their of- a good job against juniors Les- fense most of the time, but it wasn't lie Blackburn and Eliza Higgins.happening often enough against Freshman Kallee Jo Hernandez Lovell. was strong with 14 points, and he "We've got to be able to score said Lauren Peterson was very ag- against top opponents, too," he gressive and also scored 14. said. "They have four kids who can In the end, the Lady Bulldogs light it up," he said. "We held two shot 23 percent from three-point of them under what they normallyrange and 39 percent from inside get. Peterson played well." the arc, but they did get to the line The game was tied at 2-2 and 18 times and hit 12 free throws. 4-4 early, then Rocky went up Rocky shot well from the field - 42 8-4 when Blackburn hit Peterson percent overall- but had just seven for two and Hernandez drained a free-throw attempts, hitting five. jumper. Karen Koritnik respond- Koritnik finished with 17 points ed with a three-pointer for Lovell and four assists, Katie Walker 15 that launched a 9-0 run as Lovell points, seven rebounds and five led 13-8. Katie Walker had two bas- steals. Green added 9 points, An- kets during the run, and Stephanie derson 8 points and five boards. AI- Green added a baseline jumper, yssa Geiser finished with 4 points, Peterson scored in transition and five assists and four steals. Hernandez hit one of two at the foul Peterson and Hernandez scored line as Rocky came back to trail by 14 points each for the Lady Grizz, two at the quarter break, 13-11.Higgins 7. Koritnik led an 8-1 run early in The box score: the second quarter with 6 points as ROCKY (43) Lovell led 21-12, but Rocky Moun- Melanie Wahlbrink 1 0-0 2, Melissa Iverson 0 0-0 0, t~tin answered by finishing the StephanieAIIred 1 0-02, Miranda Wilson 1 0-02, Kallee BRAD DEVEREAUX Eliza Higgins tries to get a jump shot off over Lady Bulldog Karen Koritnik during the Rocky Mountain vs. Lovell girls basketball game Friday. Lady Bulldog Katie Walker is pictured behind Koritnik. Jo Hemandez 6 2-3 14, Lauren Peterson 7 0-0 14, Green 2 5-6 9, Erin Robertson 0 0-2 0, Mykel Anderson Leslie Blackburn 1 0-0 2, Eliza Higgins 2 3-4 7. Totals 4 0-0 8. Totals 19 12-18 53. 195-743. Rocky 11 11 10 11-43 LOVELL(53) Love, 13 12 16 12-53 Alyssa Geiser 0 4-6 4, Jodi Walker 0 0-0 0, Katie Three-point field goals - Koritnik 2, K. Walker 1. Fouled Walker 6 2-2 15, Karen Koritnik 7 1-2 17, Stephanie out - none. Total fouls - Rocky 15, Lovell 7. Conf. Overall 1'earn W L W L Grevbull 8 0 19 ] Lovell iS 2 14 7 bckv Mtn. 4 4 11 10 Riverside 2 6 2 ! 7 Yhoshoni 0 IL O Z! RESULTS Thursday, February 18 Lovel163, Rocky 57 Greybul163, Tongue River 36 Friday, February 19 Riverside 2, Shoshoni 0, forfeit Saturday, February 20 Lovell 2, Shoshoni 0, forfeit St. Stephen's 77, Lovell 57 Rocky 53, Big Horn 46 Burlington 65, Riverside 21 SCHEDULE Regional Tournament Riverton High School/CWC Thursday, February 25 Rive. vs. Big Piney, 10:45 CWC Sat vs. Shosho, 10:45 RHS Gre vs. Sar-Sho win, 5:30 RHS Kern vs. RM, 7:15 p.m. CWC Lov vs. WR, 5:30 p.m. CWC Wl vs. Ri- BP winner, 7:15 RHS Friday, February 26 Loser-Out games at 10:45 a.m. Semifinal games at 5:30, 7:15 Saturday, February 27 Loser-out games at 10 a.m. Third-place game at 2:45 RHS Championship game 6:15 RHS Conf. Overall Team W L W L Lovell Jt 0 1 JI4 Rocky 14tn. iS 2 10 10 Riverside 3 S S 14 Shoshoni 2 IS 11 I0 Grevbull I 7 6 1iS RESULTS Thursday, February 18 Lovel153, Rocky 43 Tongue River 45, Greybul121 Friday, February 19 Riverside 44, Shoshoni 33 Saturday, February 20 Big Horn 54, Rocky 36 Burlington 49, Riverside 18 Lovel149, Shoshoni 26 SCHEDULE Regional Tournament Riverton High SchoollCWC Thursday, February 25 Sho vs. Saratoga, 9 a.m. RHS VVR vs. Greybull, 9 a.m. CWC VVR-Grey winner vs. Lov, 2 RHS RM vs. Big Piney, 2 p.m. CWC Kern vs. Riverside, 3:45, CWC Sho-Sar winner vs. Wl, 3:45 RHS Friday, February 26 Loser-out games at 9 a.m. Semifinal games at 2 and 3:45 Saturday, February 27 Loser-out games at 8:30 a.m. Third-place game, 1 p.m. CWC Championship game, 4:30 RHS BY BRAD DEVEREAUX line and Miranda Wilson The Rocky Mountain added one basket Lady Grizzlies leave today The Grizz did better for the 2A West Regional in the third, outscoring Big Tournament in Riverton. Horn 11-10 on seven-of-eight After losses on the road shooting from Eliza Higgins against two challenging op- from the line and a pair of ponents, Lovell on Friday baskets from Kallee Jo Her- and Big Horn On Saturday, nandez. Despite tough Grizz the Lady Grizz are primed defense, Big Horn sank two and ready for tournament treys, which kind of put the action this weekend, game out of reach for the On Friday, the LadyGrizz, Boettcher said. Big Grizz played in the packed Horn lead 35-28 at the end Lovell High School gym, los- of three. ing 53-43 (see coverage in Boettcher said Lovell story). Rocky Mountain started to The Lady Grizz struggle in the final quarter, headed to Big Horn Satur- allowing Big Horn to run up day to face the Lady Rams, the scoreboard. He said the the top 2A team in the state. Grizz were playing solid de- Boettcher said Big Horn was fense throughout the game a tall order at the end of the and especially in the second season, but the tough corn- half, getting Big Horn in petition was good practice foul trouble. However, the for Regionals. Lady Grizz failed to capi- Big Horn made a talize from the line, sinking big push at the beginning four out of 14. of the game, outscoring the The box score: Grizz 11-5 in the first quar- ROCKY MTN (36) ter. Boettcher said he knew Wahlbrink 0 0~) 0, Iverson 0 0-1 0, S. AIIred it would be a struggle to get 00-00, Leonhardt00-0 0, Wilson 21-4 back in the game against 5, Hemandez50-210, Peterson10-22, the talented team. Hocker 0 0~) 0, Blackburn 2 5-6 9, Higgins 0 The second quarter 10-1410, R.AIIred00-00, Pa~er00-00. was like the first, with Big Totals 1016-2936. Horn adding 13 points and BIG HORN (54) Rocky Mountain scoring 7. A. Lofudice00-00, C. Crouse52-212, K. Leslie Blackburn scored five van Hoosier 4 2-2 10, M. Williams 0 0-0 0, points on one basket and G. Goldharnmer01-21, K. Puckett01-21, l;hree of four from the foul M. Carlson 5 1-1 12, E. O'Dell 1 4-4 7, C. Graves 0 0-0 0, J. Ibach 1 2-2 4, S. Brewer 0 I-2 1, M. Wright 1 2-4 4. Totals 1716-21 54. Three point field goals Carlson 1, O'Dell 1. Fouled out - Hernandez, Peterson, K. Van Hoosier. Total fouls - RM 17, BH 23. ROCKYMTN 5 7 11 8 --36 BIGHORN 11 13 10 19 --54 Boettcher said the Rocky Mountain defense is looking good at the end of the sea- son, which should give them a boost at the upcoming tourney. "We have been able to hold our opponents down, giving our offense a chance to get going," he said. "If we stay active on offense, we are a pretty good team." Aside from defense, Boettcher said another strong point of the Lady Grizz this year is their ath- leticism, which allows them to be versatile while guard- ing other teams and exploit matchups to their advan- tage. The Lady Grizz will face Big Piney in the first round of the regional tournament today at 2 p.m. If success- ful, they will go on to the semifinals to face Shoshoni, Saratoga or Wyoming Indi- an. Shoshoni and Saratoga are facing off for the pig- tail game and number-one ranked out of the Southwest Wyoming Indian is seeded to play the winner of that game. pects a scrappy, physical fense. The Grizz defeated Boettcher said Big Pin- game where the Lady Grizz Big Piney 39-21 in their first ey has big post players, ag- will have to contend with home game of the season in gressive guards and he ex-the Lady Punchers' zone de- Byron on Dec. 5, 2009. #4sw WIND RIVER Game5.RHS I Game 1 CWCI Th. 2 pm I Th. 9 am I I #5sw GREYBULL #2SW KEMMERER Game 7, CWC I TI1.3:45 pm I #3NW RIVERSIDE #2NW ROCKY MTN. Game 6 CWC I Th. 2 pm I #3sw BIG PINEY Game 17 RHS Fri. 2 pm Game 27 RHS Sat. 4:30 pm Champions #1sw WYO. 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