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www.LovellChronicle.com March 11, 2010 The Lovell Chronicle I 9 Lady Bulldogs finish season on a high note BY DAVID PECK It is said that one of the tests of a good team is how the team bounces back from a tough loss. If so, give the Lovell Lady Bulldogs an A- plus for their effort Saturday against Wyoming Indian in the wake of Friday's semifi- nal loss to Big Horn. Lovell shook offthe post- loss blues Saturday morn- ing and defeated the Lady Chiefs 55-46 at Casper Col- lege, avenging the previous Saturday night's loss to the Chiefs in the 3A West Re- gional title game and giving the Lady Bulldogs a 3-1 re- cord against their longtime foe for the season. "We didn't know what to expect Saturday," coach Bob Geiser said. 'Te thought whoever wants to be here the most will win. Both teams were coming off a loss. Both teams saw their dreams shattered. We asked the kids are you going to give us the 'poor me' routine or are you going to play one more time together this year." Wyoming Indian jumped on top 12-5 early as junior Ambrosia Brugh ran the floor hard and converted early turnovers into baskets. But a three-point play by Stephanie Green - jumper and free throw - launched a 9-0 run for the Lady Bull- dogs that gave them a 14-12 lead after the first period. Katie Walker sank a three- pointer late in the quarter, and Alyssa Geiser fmished the run with a long jumper after a Lovell offensive re- bound. "They came out with more energy than we did," Geiser said. "But they couldn't sustain it and we gathered energy. By the middle of the first quarter we were starting to play like we normally do." Wyoming Indian tied the score early in the second, then took a 17-1.4 .Read On a Karen Koritnik takes care of the ball against a Wyoming Indian defender while looking for an open teammate to pass to. The Lady Bulldogs finished up the state tournament with a 55-46 win against WI for third place. Kirsti O'Neal three-pointer from Powder River. Karen Koritnik then led a 9-2 run for Lovell that left the Lady Bulldogs up 23-19. Koritnik hit two free throws, a power put-back, a go-the-distance fast break and a slashing drive on a pass from Gei- ser. Later, Mykel Ander- son's jumper gave the Lady Bulldogs a 28-23 lead at the half. O'Neal's bomb was her only trey of the game, and Geiser praised the work of Green on the Wyoming Indi- "Stephanie was in her face," the coach said. "She's quick enough to guard her outside and tall enough that she's hard to shoot over. Stephanie had another big game. Big players step up in big games. She's done it since her sophomore year." Alyssa Geiser started the second half with a trey for the Lady Bulldogs. Wy- oming Indian twice rallied to within one point at 31-30 and 33-32, but Lovell fin- ished the third quarter with a 9-6 edge to lead 40-36 af- an senior, also noting Korit- ter three. Erin Roberton had tk's defense, two baskets during the run, Green and Katie Walker one each. Koritnik had two as- sists. Lovell pulled out to an eight-point lead, 44-36, ear- ly in the fourth period, but a runner by Anneshia Hill and a trey by Ranell Oldman cut the deficit to three with a little more than five minutes left in the game. In the final five minutes, the Lady Bull- dogs went to the foul line 12 times, hitting nine free throws. Koritnik was sev- en of eight during the final stretch as" Lovell sealed the 55-46 win. Lovell finished the:game shooting 34 percent from the field, Wyoming Indian 28.6 percent, but the big differ- ence in the game came at the foul line and from beyond the arc. Lovell went to the free- throw line 32 times, hitting 21, while Wyoming Indian was six of 11. Lovell hit two of six three-point attempts, while the Lady Chiefs fired up 23 long bombs, connecting on just four (17.4 percent). "We took away a lot of their threes," Geiser said. "We forced them out of their comfort zone. We pushed them out further and made them move their feet." Koritnik fmished with 15 points, hitting nine of 10 free throws, and six rebounds, Green 13 points and 10 re- bounds for a double-double. Robertson added 7 points and seven rebounds, Katie Walker 7 points and six car- oms. Anderson had 6 points and five boards. Lovell out-rebounded Wyoming Indian 51-32. "It was nice to come away with some hardware at the end of the season," Gei- ser said. "Only three teams finish with a win, and it's nice to be one of them." Geiser said the Lady Bulldogs played ranked teams 16 times and won 10 of the 16 games, including three over Wyoming Indian. "It's hard for anybody to beat Wyoming Indian once, let alone three times in a year," he said. "And they were ranked all year. I don't think Lovell has ever done that." The Lady Bulldogs fin- ished the season 22-6, Wyo- ming Indian 22:5. Saturday's game was the final contest for seniors Katie Walker, Green, Anderson and Kee- sha Savage. The box score: WYO. INDIAN (46) Kailyn Washakie 0 0-0 0, Ranell Oldman 4 1-3 12, Anneshia Hill 1 0-0 2, Kristen Washakie 1 0-0 2, Antonia Valdez 2 0-0 4, Kimberly Goggles 0 0.6 0, Jocelyn Under- wood 0 0-0 0, Kirsti O'Neal 1 0-0 3, Courtney Smil 5 1-2 11,Ambrosia Brugh 4 4-6 12. Totals 18 6-11 46. LOVELL (55) Alyssa Geiser 2 0-0 5, Jodi Walker 0 2-24 2, Katie Walker 2 2-4 7, Leanne Winterholler 0 0-0 0, Karen Koritnik 3 9-10 16, Keesha Savage 0 0-0 0, Susie Shumway 0 0-0 0, Brandi Abraham 0 0-0 0, Stephanie Green 4 5-7:13, Edn Robertson 2 3-7 7, Mirandi Griffis 0 0-0 0; Mykel Anderson 3 0-0 6. Totals 16 21-32 55. WlHS 12 11 t3 10-46 Lovell 14 14 12 15-45 Three-point field goals - Oldman 3, O'Neet !; Geiser 1, K. Walker 1. Fouled out- Kristen Washakie. Total fouls- Wyo. Indian 21, Lovel115. Defeat Moorcroft Bulldogs win consolation title at State BY DAVID PECK It's always good to fin- ish the season on a high note, and the Lovell Bull- dogs did just that Saturday afternoon as they edged the Moorcroft Wolves for the state 2A consolation championship at Casper College, 49-47. The Bulldogs finished the season with back-to- back victories and an over- all record of 18-10 in a re- building year. The game was the final contest for seniors Kade Baxendale, Zac Haskell and Jonathan Wakelin. "Our big focus was to go out for the seniors, play well for them and play well for each other to gain some momentum for next year," coach Brian May said. "I thought the kids respond- ed and played well. "There were times when I thought we'd run away with it, but they kept battling back. When we beat the press we wanted to attack the basket, but we didn't always do that. The two teams trad- ed baskets early, but after Moorcroft led 7-5 midway through the first quar- ter, Lovell outscored the Wolves 8-2 the rest of the period to lead 13-9 at the break. Wakelin worked for two inside on a pass from Tyrel Harrison, Harri- son fed Jeff Lewis for two points in transition, Harri- son hit a jumper and Lewis finished the run with a fol- low shot. Lovell had three three- point leads in the second quarter, but Moorcroft ral- lied late to knot the score at halftime, 21-21. The Bulldogs gained a five-point edge with a 6-1 run early in the third peri- od as Harrison hit two bas- kets and Cody Savage one, and a late 5-0 run put the Bulldogs up by eight points after three, 38-30. Har- rison hit a jumper in the lane and Haskell convert- ed a spinning, left-handed hook shot and free throw. Moorcroft rallied late in the fourth quarter, al- though a follow jumper by Savage and three buckets by Lewis, including a trey, had the Bulldogs up 47- 38 with three minutes to play. DeeJay Hacklin hit an inside bank shot for the Wolves, and Miles Blake- man knocked down a trey, cutting the lead to four, 47- 43. Over the last minute and a half, the score got too close for comfort for Lovell fans as Moorcroft sent Lovell to the foul line six times, but the Bulldogs hit only two - a pair by Lew- is with 55 seconds to play. Meanwhile, Blakeman had hit another trey, and Lovell led by just three, 49-46. Blakeman hit one of two at the line with 45 sec- onds left, making the score 49-47, and Lovell played good defense to force a Moorcroft miss while miss- ing the front end of one- plus-the-bonus foul shots twice in the last 36 sec- onds. Moorcroft had the ball with six seconds left on the clock, with a chance to tie or take the lead. Blakeman pushed the ball up the floor, but Baxendale rode him hard without fouling. The Moorcroft senior failed to get a shot off by the time the final buzzer sounded, and the Bulldogs celebrat- ed their consolation chbn- pionship. 'Tfhat I appreciate about our boys at the tail end is that while Moorcroft was coming back, our boys didn't listen to the crowd and maintained a good head and weathered the storm," May said. 'Tee got i See BOYS, page 11 DAVID lCK Colin May makes a move to the hoop during the Bulldogs' bout against Moorcroft at State. The Bulldogs edged by with a 49-47 win Saturday against Moorcroft for the consolation championship. State basketball Lady Bulldogs top " Southeast ini'00 first round BY DAVID PECK First-day, open- ing-m0rning games at the state basket- ball tournament are always tough to play, but the Lovell Lady Bulldogs prevailed over the South- east Cyclones 36-26 Thursday morning at Casper College to advance to the semi- finals. Southeast came into the game as the third seed from the East Regional and riding a three-game winning streak, but the Lady Bulldogs quickly established themselves early in the game, tak- ing an early 9-2 lead as Karen Koritnik scored 6 points on a three-pointer, a fol- low shot and a free throw. Alyssa Geiser converted a steal into two points on a pass ' from Mykel Ander- son and Stephanie Green added a free throw. After looking good early, however, the Lady Bulldogs began stand- ing around on offense and struggled a bit, perhaps feeling the mid-morning doldrums. Southeast scored the last two buckets of the quarter to trail just 9-6 af- ter one. Coach Bob Geiser had predicted that the game would be a battle of wills when it came to tempo, with the Lady Bulldogs wanting to push the ball and run, .while Southeast preferred a slower half-court game. "We made a run to get the lead, and then they took the air out of the ball," Gei- ser explained. "Instead of pushing the ball, which we DAvm lc Lovell senior Mykel Anderson floats to the basket to sink a two-pointer against Southeast Thursday, March 4. should have, we bought into their half-court style and didn't run the floor like we normally do, Thank good- ness we executed like we did on offense and knocked down free throws." Though still a bit slug- gish on offense, the Lady Bulldogs continued to play strong defense in the sec- ond period and allowed only a single basket while outscoring the Cyclones 9-4. Katie Walker scored 4 points in the quarter, Gei- ser hit a trey and Anderson hit two free throws. Levell led 18-10 at halftime. "We played well defen- sively," Geiser said. "Of- fensively, we were off our See GIRLS,' page 10 r