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PA’l'l'I CARPENTER Brianna Brumwell shows just how high she can jump on Saturday during a game against Shoshoni held in Cowley. Lady Grizz end season on busy week BY PATTI CARPENTER Lady Grizz got off to a slow start in Burlington on Friday night, falling to the Lady Huskies in three sets 25-17, 25-23 and 25-16. “Again we started slow, had to work through our nerves and, once the first game was over with, we real- ly started to have fun,” said coach Jamie Cooley. “This was the best I have seen the girls play together in a long time. We were having fun on the floor and making plays happen. It was great to see the excitement the girls were creating. “Summer Johnson came alive Friday night and didn’t quit all weekend. She is al- ways a solid player, doing her job, but Friday night she was really making things happen. With some girls leaving the team the previ- ous week, we were able to bring up some freshmen to help make our bench deep- er. Lizzy Crawford and Tori Steed came in and served 100 percent for us.” Game stats: Johnson seven set assists, two blocks, one kill and nine digs; Kait- lyn Hayes four kills, eight digs and three blocks; Brian- na Brumwell one kill, 11 digs and three blocks; Ashlei Car- roll 100 percent serving and three blocks; Pepper Lewis three kills, 10 digs and six digs; Maddy Hocker one kill, 11 digs and four blocks and Brenda Timmons serve re- ceive at 62 percent. SHOSHONI On Saturday, the Lady Grizz hosted the Shoshoni Lady Blue, falling again in three sets 25-10, 25-20 and 25-20. “We started that first game out pretty shaky,” said Cooley. “Once we got into our rhythm and started to play we really gave Sho- shoni a run for their money. We had the lead off and on throughout the night, which to us was a pretty big deal. Shoshoni is the number one team in our conference and we were able to compete for the lead. It was a great game to watch. The girls were hav- ing fun together and running the ball like we wanted to.” Game stats: Johnson seven set assists, 100 per- cent serving; Brumwell two kills; Hocker four kills and three blocks; Ashlei Carroll one block; Kaitlyn Hayes two kills and six digs; Pep- per Lewis one set assist and two blocks; Lizzy Crawford 100 percent serving and Timmons 70 percent serve receive. PIGTAIL The girls fought for the opportunity to go to Region- als in an all or nothing pig- tail game on Monday night against the Riverside Lady Rebels in Basin. “We started off so ner- vous. Looking back on it, half of our team hadn’t played on varsity last year, let alone played in a regional game,” said Cooley. “Our nerves got the better of us and we played incredibly scared that KYNLI SMITH Lady Grizz Pepper Lewis lets out a victory growl following a good hit at the pigtail game against the Lady Rebels held in Basin on Monday night. first game, losing 25 to 9. We just couldn’t swallow our nerves and played jumpy and with too much of our adrena- line. I kept telling the girls to breathe, but I am pretty sure half of them were holding their breath the entire game. “Once we got that game over with we came back with fire. We won the second game 25—21. This game the girls were able to calm down a bit and play their game. We had some great things happening on the floor and most impor- tantly the girls were having fun out there and celebrating all the good and lifting up the bad. “We lost the third game 25-19. We played hard and didn’t quite get it done. We started strong in the fourth game, capturing an ear- ly lead, making Riverside panic with a 20-13 lead. As Riverside started to catch up, we started to play a lit- tle more hesitant, not want- ing to make mistakes and we let them back into the game. Sadly we lost 26-24.” With this final game be- hind them, the girls ended their volleyball season. Game stats: Johnson nine set assists and nine digs; Hayes three kills, eight digs and three blocks; Brum- well 100 percent serves, three kills, seven digs and three blocks; Carroll five digs and three blocks; Lewis three kills, six blocks; Hocker two kills, 18 digs and four blocks and Timmons, 15 digs and serve receive 64 percent. “The Riverside pigtail game had the biggest and loudest crowd we played in front of all season,” said Cool- ey. “It was great to hear our amazing fans cheering like crazy for our team. We were grateful to have the support there. Thank you to all who came. It really made a differ- ence to our girls. “I can’t put into words how I feel about this year’s team. I am so proud of how hard we pushed. In each and every game these girls got better as a team and in their individual skills. “It seems weird to say, knowing we weren’t success- ful in our conference, but I feel that this was an incred- ibly successful year. We grew as a team, we learned to push ‘ through the hard, and nev- er quit. We made some huge strides in areas that we pre- viously struggled with. “We were a young team with a lot of injuries this year and our girls didn’t bat an eye in each game, and no matter how they were feeling, they fought a good fight. I can’t wait to start over again next year. We laid a solid foundation for what is to come. I love these girls like my own daughters and would be proud to call them as such. I want their parents to know what a great job they have done with their incredi- ble daughters. We appreciate all the time and effort, and heartache our families have put into our season; it doesn’t go unnoticed. We are going to greatly miss our two se- nior girls next year, Kaitlyn and Ashlei. They are great teammates and hard work- ers and just fun to be around. It won’t be the same without these lovely ladies, so thank you to our awesome seniors for their time, friendships and examples. Much love to all these girls and I wish them luck in their upcom- ing basketball and cheering seasons.” October 29, 2015 l The Lovell Chronicle I 13 PATTI CARPENTER Senior Savanna Savage plays her last home volleyball game of the season on Friday night in Lovell against the Lander Lady Tigers. Lady Bulldogs dominate with two conference wins this week BY PA'ITI CARPENTER It was a tremendous week for the Lady Bulldog volleyball team, who showed two other teams in their con- ference that they will be a force to be reckoned with at the upcoming regional and state tournaments. On Thursday, the girls took on the Cody Fillies in Cody, winning all three sets 25-15, 29-27 and 25-19. “This was a big game for us to Win and we went in and took care of business quickly,” said coach Stormy Jameson. “The last time we played Cody in Lovell, Cody didn’t play well at all and I knew they would want some redemption. Cody’s gym is loud and more of the high-pressured atmosphere like what we will be seeing this weekend at Regionals. I was happy with how we han- dled it and it’s good to know we can rise to the occasion.” Game stats: Mykelle Nichols 17 kills and 16 digs; Karlie Keller 7 kills, 19 digs and four aces; Savanna Sav- age five kills, two blocks and five digs; Kendra Price six kills, one block and 10 digs; pajamas . )DF‘EDiC SURG EO N Mandi Jo Baxendale five kills, two assists, one block and two digs; Charri McAr- thur three kills, 32 assists, one block, nine digs and three aces; Madison Harper 14 digs and Shelby Wardell nine digs. LANDER It was senior night on Friday night and what bet- ter way is there to celebrate than to beat Lander in three sets 25-11, 25-13 and 25-13. What made the victory even more sweet was the fact that the Lady Tigers beat the girls from Lovell only a few short weeks before. “It was a good note to end the regular season on,” said Jameson. “Lander up- set us on the road a few weeks ago and we needed to make sure that it didn’t happen again. We had a nice presentation of the seniors and then we went to taking care of business. We start- ed strong and never looked back.” Game stats: Nichols eight kills, 14 digs and four aces; Keller eight kills, 12 digs and one ace; Savage six kills, one assist, three blocks and six digs; Price two kills, one block and three digs; Mickelson two blocks and one ace; Baxendale five kills, five blocks and four digs; McArthur three kills, 25 as- sists, three blocks, 10 digs and two aces; Harper one kill, and 13 digs and Shelby Wardell eight digs. Next up the girls will travel to Powell to play in the 3A West Regional Tour- nament. Their first game is at 1 pm. on Friday against Pinedale. Bracket play will extend into Saturday. Coach Jameson said she is hoping the girls will end the week- end with a good seed at the state tournament, which will be held in Casper Thursday, Nov. 5, through Saturday, Nov. 7. “With the regional tour- nament being in Powell this year, we should have an advantage of fan sup- port if everyone will be will- ing to come support us,” said Jameson. “We have a really good shot at clinching a spot at the state tournament and the more fans we see in the stands, the better those odds are.” .. Hutu Mountain View Regional Hospital and Yellowstone Sports Medicine are working together to give you better access to the best orthopedic care in Wyoming. [k MOUNTAIN VIEW ____ P 1 TN: PHYSICIAN OWNED AND O]: lhliA’l‘El) ' YELLOWSTONE »I’ORTS MEDICINE WWW.MVRHO$PITAL.COM 0 6550 EAST 2"” STREET 0 CASPER. WY 0 855.543.2828