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March 15, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle [ 19 SEASON REVIEW wards said. "We took away their backside help by keeping the floor spread." WEEK 9 On the second to last weekend of the regular season the Lady Bulldogs ham- mered Riverside 62-30 at home Friday, Feb. 10, then beat Class 3A Worland on the road Saturday, 50-39. Lovell smothered the Lady Rebels on defense Friday at Winterholler Gym, jumping passing lanes and getting their hands on passes to force eight turnovers in the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs led 11-0 early and blew out the visitors 23-4 in the period as seven players con- tributed to the scoring. "We were sprinting from spot to spot," Edwards said. "We talked about it being crucial for all five players to be hustling in our pressures. We were able to convert steals into transition baskets." Lovell went on to lead 33-11 at half- time, then outscored the visitors 29-19 in the second half. Ten players scored for the Lady Bull- dogs, led by Erin Robertson's 11 points, seven rebounds and five steals. The Worland game was tied 26-26 at halftime Saturday night, then Lovell out- scored the home team 10-5 in the third quarter and 14-8 in the fourth. Lovell won by 11 points, 50-39, limiting Wor- land to 13 second-half points. "In the second half we did a much bet- ter job contesting every shot," Edwards said. "Alyssa did a great job in our full- court pressures and in our half-court zone (1-2-2), which frustrated their guards. We didn't let them set up in their offense." WEEK 10 Now 17-1, the Lady Bulldogs host- ed the Rocky Mountain Lady Grizzlies Thursday night, Feb. 16, then traveled to Thermopolis for the regular season finale Saturday: Thursday on Senior Night, round two of the annual Lovell-Rocky rivalry went to the top-ranked Lovell Lady Bulldogs, as the home team pulled away in the second half to win 49-37. The game was close throughout the first half, and Lovell led 20-18 at intermis- sion. The score remained close early in the third quarter, tied at 22, but a long jump- continued from page 18 er by Geiser launched a 12-2 run for the Lady Bulldogs during which they forced a number of turnovers and scored in transi- tion. Lovell led 34-24 after three, then pulled away with a 15-4 run to lead 49-28 before Rocky heated up late, cutting the final margin to 12, 49-37. In Thermop Saturday night, the Lady Bulldogs completed an undefeated con- ference season with a 52-32 win over the Thermopolis Lady Bobcats, playing a sol- id, all-around game. The Lady Bulldogs shut the Bob- cats down with a smothering defense and also were efficient offensively, hitting the boards, scoring inside and also finding the range from the outside. "Defensively, we frustrated their guards and forced a lot of turnovers," Ed- wards said. "Alyssa, Leanne and Amanda did a great job pressuring every pass and every ball-handler." REGIONAL TOURNAMENT Heading into the 2A West Regional as the number one seed at 8-0 in the confer- ence, 19-1 overall, the Lady Bulldogs re- ceived the shocking news on Monday that standout senior Leanne Winterholler had suffered an attack of appendicitis and had to have her appendix removed on Monday. That loss didn't seem to greatly affect the deep Lady Bulldogs, who swept the tour- nament Feb. 23-25, crushing Kemmerer in the first round, 45-23, clobbering Wyoming Indian in the semifinals, 57-44, and beating Thermopolis for the regional title, 59-42. Game one of the tournament was almost over by the end of the first quarter Thurs- day aiernoon in Riverton. By that time, de- spite missing Winterholler, the Lady Bull- dogs led the Kemmerer Lady Rangers 12-0. Lovell extended the run to 18-0 in the second quarter until Kemmerer broke the ice for Kemmerer with 5:18 to go in the half. The Lady Bulldogs went on to win 45-23. "Chelsey (Ellis) came in and did a good job filling in for Leanne," coach Chris Ed- wards said. "A new lineup always takes some getting used to." Amanda Shumway led all scorers with 15 points, but eight other players got into the scoring column for the Lady Bulldogs. In the semifinals Friday evening, the Lovell girls shot the ball well early, played solid defense and gradually pulled away from the Lady Chiefs, leading by 18 points until a late Wyoming Indian rally pulled the Lady Chiefs closer. Lovell never trailed in the game. "We controlled the game except for a three-minute stretch in the fourth," Ed- wards said. Amanda Shumway finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Geiser 13 points, six rebounds and four assists. Shumway, Geiser and Robertson com- bined for 41 points Saturday afternoon as the Lovell Lady Bulldogs captured their seventh Class 2A West Regional basket- ball title with a 59-42 win over the Ther- mopolis Lady Bobcats at the Riverton High School Gym. Using a 1-2-2 zone to combat Thermop star Dana Bjorhus and using their size ad- vantage inside, the Lady Bulldogs built a 12-7 lead after the first quarter and pulled away in the second quarter, 17-10, to lead 29-17 at halftime. After the Lady Bulldogs hurt the Bobcats inside early, Geiser got hot from the outside in the second quarter and drained three treys. "They adjusted and started packing it in inside, and Alyssa burned them," Ed- wards said. "Sometimes it would go into the post and be kicked back out as Ther- mop crashed in." Lovell outscored Thermop 30-25 in the second half to cruise to the regional title and improve to 22-1 on the season. Aman- da Shumway finished with 15 points, Geiser 14 points on five-of-seven shooting and Robertson 12 points on six-of-eight shooting. STATE TOURNAMENT As the defending state champions and the West Regional champs, the Lady Bulldogs might have heid a target on their backs entering the state tournament, but that target was surely made of Kevlar as the top-ranked Lovell girls breezed to the state title, defeating three opponents by an average margin of 30 points per game. Round one found the top-seeded (West) Lady Bulldogs meeting the fourth seed from the East, Lusk, at Casper Col- lege. The Lovell girls pounded the Lady Tigers 61-22 as Winterholler made a suc- cessful return to the lineup after missing the previous week, draining a three-point- er on the first possession of the game. Lovell outscored Lusk 51-12 through the first three quarters, and Edwards played his entire lineup in the fourth. The Lady Bulldogs forced 28 turnovers in the game. "We felt with our pressure we could get to them," Edwards said about a 37-8 first-half blitz. "We were able to create some turnovers and convert those into easy baskets." The semifinals found Lovell meeting always tough Tongue River at the Casper Events Center Friday night. It was Lovell's toughest test of the tournament, but the Lady Bulldogs won easily, 45-26, continuing to play strong defense. Lovell led 15-3 after the first quarter, but Tongue River made some adjustments in the second and worked inside to out- score the Lady Bulldogs 11-10. Coach Ed- wards countered in the third, and Lovell did a good job attacking the rim against the Lady Eagle zone, outscoring TR 15-3 to lead 40-17 after three. "The first three minutes are always critical, and we came out and were more aggressive offensively and made some nice passes," Edwards said. Tongue River finished the season 24- 4, with three of the four losses coming at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs. Thermopolis gave Lovell a battle in the state title game Saturday night, lead- ing 12-7 after the first quarter and 18-17 late in the half until Amanda Shumway hit a follow shot and Geiser banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to put Lovell up 22-18 at the half. The second half was all Lovell. The Lady Bulldogs didn't allow a basket in the final 16 minutes as Thermop went 0-16 from the field. Lovell outscored Thermop- olis 32-4 in the half, allowing just four free throws, to win 54-22. "On that stage it wasn't something we even dreamed of happening in the second half of a championship game," Edwards said. The Lady Bulldogs finished their sea- son 25-1, losing only to Class 3A Cody on the road, and winning the last !6 games in arow. The team was 22-0 against Class 2A teams this season, 2-1 against Class 3A (Powell, W0rland and Cody) and 1-0 against Class 1A (Burlington). Deaver 664-2551 k q00amwor_ k is the Way to go, girls! M i ' 'e r'os=F00abfjcati n L :: : ............... 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