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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I September 10, 2015 PATTI CARPENTER Maddy Hocker tips one over the net for the Lady Grizz during a tournament played earlier this season. BY PA'I-rl CARPENTER Struggles with serving and a lack of aggression on the part of the Lady Grizz volleyball team cost them two matches this week. On Thursday night the team traveled to Meetee- tse, where they lost three sets to the Lady Longhorns 25-16, 25-18 and 25-21. "We really struggled with our serving, missing 15 serves throughout the game," said coach Jamie Cooley. "It really put us back quite a bit." Cooley noted that, though Mariah Mader came off the bench serving 100 percent for the team, without some aggressive hitting, the team lagged be- hind in points. "This game proved that we still need to get aggres- sive on the floor," said Cool- ey. "We ended the game with only five kills and a total of 34 hitting at- tempts. Being aggressive and having confidence in ourselves, and our abili- ties, is something we really need to work on in the next few weeks." Cooley said the low ceiling of the Meeteetse gym also threw the girls off. "The low ceiling gave our girls a run for their mon- ey. We really struggled see- ing the ball and being able to control our passes," she said. "That being said, as you can see from the scores that these girls didn't quit. They pushed themselves to the end, which is some- thing we have been work- ing on--always giving a 100 percent. Whether we are winning by 10 or losing the 3rd game, they are still giv- ing 100 percent of them- selves to the very end." Game stats include: Brianna Brumwell three kills, Maddy Hocker two kills, Mariah Mader served 9/9 serves in the varsi- ty game and after serving 15/15 in the JV game and Mikayla Campbell served 3/3. RIVERSIDE HOME GAME On Friday afternoon the team hosted Riverside at Rocky Mountain High School, falling short again on three out of four sets 25-16, 25-15, 25-17 (Rocky) and 25-16. "As I watched the girls play Friday night, I really felt the score didn't reflect the game being played," said Cooley. "These girls showed up and finally started to play as one sol- id team. We really worked hard on keeping our en- ergy up and keeping the negative out. We started to play aggressive on the net- -finally." Cooley said though she thinks the girls still have a lot of room for improve- ment, she feels that will come with confidence. "We had 10 kills for the game and we took 47 swings," noted Cooley. "That is a step up from the night before." She said having Bren- da Timmons in as the team's libero helped the team's passing improve. "She really has an amazing ability to read the ball and see the floor, and this is proving to be a huge benefit for our team," said Cooley. Cooley said she was also impressed with Pepper Lewis and Maddy Hocker, noting that Lewis had five kills and two blocks and Hocker had eight blocks and one kill. "Pepper Lewis and Maddy Hocker did a great job working the net for us," said Cooley. Other stats include Summer Johnson with 14/14 serves, Kaitlyn Hayes one kill and two blocks; Brianna Brumwell served 9/10 and had one kill; Ash- lei Carroll served 75 per- cent and had one kill; Mi- kayla Campbell served 86 percent and had one kill. Next up the girls will travel to Greybull on Thursday, with play Be- ginning at 4 p.m. The girls will travel to a tournament in Big Horn on Friday that continues through Satur- day. On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the team will host the Lady Bulldogs with games at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. CINDY ASAY Lovell Bulldogs look to pounce on a loose football during their game in Big Horn Friday night. Pictured are (l-r) Trace Murphey (55), Kenneth Powell (61), Tyler Teter (27) and Jaret Collins (56).wt BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Bulldogs were met by lightning on the field and in the sky Fri- day night as they traveled to meet the second-ranked Big Horn Rams. Big Horn halfback Colton Williams scored five touchdowns to lead the Rams to a 42-7 win in a game delayed and then called near the end of the third quarter due to a light- ning storm moving into the area. Associate head coach Bob Weber said the speedy Williams was difficult to corral, and the overall speed of the Big Horn team was a problem for the Bull- dog defense. "They were fast, and a couple of their players, if they got around the edg- es, they were pretty much gone," Weber said. "Poor tackling and not taking good angles to pursue got us sitting on our heels a lit- tle bit. "Offensively, we had a hard time throwing the ball. Beau (Green) didn't have a lot of time to find re- ceivers and got flushed out of the pocket a lot, which led tb some poor decisions. We struggled to throw the ball." The hometown Rams scored four touchdowns to lead 28-0 after a blitzkrieg in the first quarter that fea- tured Williams scoring on a 41-yard run, an 85-yard punt return, a 23-yard run and an eight-yard run. Nolan McCafferty's sev- en-yard run put Big Horn up 35-0 at halftime, and a 50-yard interception return put the home team up 42-0 before the Bulldogs mount- ed their best drive of the game that culminated with a three-yard run by Tyler Teter. Lightning started ap- pearing in the sky during the third quarter, Weber said, and after the teams were taken inside, it became apparent after 15 minutes or so that conditions were only getting worse, he said. The game was called with 1:49 left on the third-quar- ter clock, and about five minutes later a downpour drenched the field. "There was no way we were going to finish," the coach said. Weber was glad to see the Bulldogs put together a scoring drive before the game was called. "It was a good march down the field," he said. "We pounded and chipped away. We had two pretty solid drives, though the first one ended with an interception, "We figured out that we needed to keep the ball on the ground and pound the ball up the middle. Once we figured that out the guys played harder and we gained some ground. We came out and played with a little pride (after half- time), which was good to see. I give our offensive line credit. They started mov- ing their D line and their tackles came from their secondary." HOME GAME The Bulldogs will host the Big Piney Punchers Friday for their home and conference opener. A late blocked punt led to a 14- 13 loss for the Punchers at the hands of the Shoshoni Wranglers last week. "I expect them to re- bound," Weber said of the Bulldogs. "We have a bunch of good guys with good char- acter. If the third quarter was any indication they'll bounce right back. We'll learn from the experience and hopefully get another shot at Big Horn down the road." "They're a pretty big team," head coach Doug Ha- zen said of Big Piney. "They have pretty good numbers and pretty good size. They'll try to run the ball on us. They beat us last year (14- 12 in Big Piney). They're a team that seems to be con- tinually improving year to year. "We'll find out a lot about ourselves this week. We kind ofhad to find our identity." Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Kevin P. Robertson Stadium. Am|% Call your ol er in now and pick it up at the drive through! 195 W. Main, Lovell 307-548-7493 Clean. Friendly. 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