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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I December 16, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com BY BRAD DEVEREAUX Montana Saturday to face The Rocky Mountain off against the Tongue Riv- Lady Grizzlies were on a er Lady Eagles. The Lady rollercoaster ride of playing Grizz led at the half, but hoops and traveling across the talented Lady Eagles the Cowboy State last week pulled off some clutch treys in three games that tested in the third quarter and them, each in a different outscored the Grizz in the way. fourth to end the game 41- Thursday, the Lady 36, Tongue River. Grizzlies hosted their first "They weren't uncon- home game in the new Cow- tested shots, but they were ley gym against the Bridg- just great shots," Boettcher er Lady Scouts. The Scouts said. "We just didn't have didn't see what was coming the answer and weren't when one of their six play- able to close the gap." ers was injured in the first Boettcher said the quarter and they played team started to get into without subs for the rest of foul trouble, too, and they the contest, had to make coverage ad- The Grizz held the justments to compensate. It Scouts scoreless in the first was also the most competi- quarter and only allowed rive game the Lady Grizz four points in the second have played this season so as some younger Grizzlies far, Boettcher said, and the came off the bench for some team had to be reminded playing time. The half end- what it was like to play a ed 38-4 and the Lady Grizz full game under pressure were in control, like the Lady Eagles bring. Boettcher said he used He said he was hap- the opportunity to push the py with the team's effort girls to be disciplined on de- against The Lady Eagles fense, and said he was hap- and said he identified a few py to see them continue to areas for the team to work play efficient offense even on for their next week of though they were running action. away with the game. The box score: The box score: ROCKY MTN. (36) ROCKY MTN. (76) M. Leonhardt 0 0-0 0, Iverson 0 Mandee Leonhardt 7 0-0 14, Me- 0-0 0, Rivera 0 0-0 0, K. Leonhardt lissa Iverson 4 0-0 8, Pilar Rivera 0 3 0-0 6, Hocker 0 0-0 0, AIIred 0 0-0 0, Karley Leonhardt 6 0-0 12, 0-0 0, Wdson 6 0-0 12, Peterson 3 Brianna Hocker 4 0-0 8, Rachel All- 3-5 10, Blackburn 1 0-2 2, Higgins red 2 0-0 4, Kallee Jo Wilson 4 0-0 3 0-0 6. 8, Lauren Peterson 6 0-0 12, Leslie TONGUE RIVER (41) Blackburn 1 0-0 2, Eliza Higgins 4 S. Rawlings 0 0-0 0, C. Cooley 0-1 8, Hannah Parker 0 0-0 0. 0 0-0 0, T. Mitchell 3 2-2 11, S. BRIDGER (16) Nielsen 1 2-2 4, J. LaFrance 3 A. Sticka 0 0-0 0, B. Kilfoy 1 0-0 2, 0-0 6, T. Stimpson 0 0-0 0, K. B. Ostlund 0 0-2 0, J. Cooke 1 0-0 Caywood 6 4-6 17, K. Ferguson 0 2, C. Keith 1 0-2 2, M. Lesnick 5 1-2 1, T. Main 0 0-0 0, T. LaFrance 0-0 10. 1 0-0 2. Three point field goals - none. Three point field goals - RM Peter- Fouled out - none. Total fouls - RM son 1, TR Mitchell 3 Caywood 1. g, BR 7. HEADING SOUTH TO TONGUE RIVER WIND RIVER The Lady Grizzlies Continuing their long avoided the mountain pass road trip weekend, the and traveled to Dayton via Lady Grizz made their way south to face the Wind Riv- er Lady Cougars at Pavil- lion. Boettcher said the Cougars were scrappy as usual, but the Lady Grizz put pressure on Wind Riv- er and steadily built a lead until the end of the game, winning 62-32. Boettcher said the Lady Cougars had one big post player that the Lady Grizz had to work around, but the Grizz's consistent passing and smart, bal- anced offense had them lighting up the scoreboard more than the Cougars all night. The box score: ROCKY MTN. (62) M. Leonhardt 0 0-0 0, Iverson 1 0-0 2, Rivera 0 0-0 0, K. Leonhardt 1 0-1 2, Hocker 0 0-0 0, AIIred 2 1-2 6, Wilson 7 4-4 18, Peterson 5 1-3 5, Blackburn 2 1-3 5, Higgins 65-6 17. WIND RIVER (32) J. Vogel 0 0-0 0, T. Gordon 1 0-0 2, E. Votruba 0 0-1 0, T Thoman 0 0-0 0, T. Lajuenesse 2 0-0 2, K Davidson 0 2-2 2, B. Goesbeck 3 0-0 6, A C'bearing 0 0-3 0, V. Capitan 0 0-0 0, M. Arrington 2 5-6 9, D. Hyatt 0 0-0 0, H. Norris 0 0-0 0, T. Yellowplume 4 3-6 11. ROCKY MTN. 14 16 16 16- 62 WINDRIVER 11 3 5 13- 32 Three point field goals -AIIred 1. Fouled out - RM Wilson. Total Fouls RM 17WR 19. BURLINGTON UP NEXT The Lady Grizzlies will host 1A competitiors the Burlington Huskies Satur- day at the Rocky Mountain High School gym in Cow- ley with games at 1:30 p.m. (JV) and 3. Boettcher said he knows the Lady Huskies will be tough on defense and said the Grizz will have to play hard to earn the win. He said the Hus- kies, like Tongue River did last weekend, will remind them of what it's like to be pushed throughout the BRAD DEVEREAUX Melissa Iverson turns on the afterburners to pass two Lady Scouts on her way to the basket Thursday in Cowley when Rocky Mountain beat Bridger 76-16. game and give them some With only one game The Grizz will take a more practice with a chal- this week, Boettcher saidfew weeks off for Christ- lenging non-conference op- he was looking forward tomas break before return- ponent before starting con- the solid practice time this ing to action against Burl- ference play in January. week. ington in early January. BY DAVID PECK the flow." A basketball team's The teams played to a pre-conference season is for 16-16 fourth quarter, but learning, and in the case of Simmons said the Grizz the Rocky Mountain Griz- built a 20-point lead before zlies, the Grizz are learning giving up some late baskets some lessons - sometimes that cut the final margin to the hard way- according to nine. coach Michael Simmons. Foster finished with During a busy three- 17 points and eight steals, game weekend, when the Jones 13 points and five Grizz executed the game steals and Wilson 10 points plan and certain aspects of on five-of-six shooting. the game, they were success- The box score: ful, but when they strayed BRIDGER (44) from the plan or didn't ex- A. Gruel 4 1-2 11, T. Tucker 4 6-14 ecute, theystruggled. 14, S. Schwend 1 1-3 3, T. Chris- Rocky defeated Bridger tean 1 2-4 4, K. Denney 6 0-0 12. at home Thursday, 53-44, Totals 16 10-2344. fell to Tongue River at home ROCKY (53) Friday, 60-51, and lost on Thomas Troutman 0 2-4 2, Guy the road Saturday to Wind Jones 6 1-2 13, Luke Leonhardt River, 55-37. 1 1-2 3, Tyrell Humphreys 1 0-0 The Grizz came out 2, Kyle Peterson 0 0-0 0, Derik strong Thursday and played Romere 0 0-0 0, Jessee Wilson 5 about a quarter and a half of 0-0 10, Brandon Foster 7 2-2 17, Mi- very good basketball, Sim- chael Bernhisel 0 1-2 1, Bryce Ward mons said, then let Bridg- 2 0-0 5. Totals 22 7-12 53. er back in the game in the Bridger 2 8 18 16-44 third quarter but righted Rocky 14 14 9 16"53 the ship and won with a sol- Three-point field goals - Gruel 2; id fourth. Foster 1, Ward 1. Fouled out - Sch- "They returned a cou-wend; Jones. Total fouls - Bddger ple of bigger guys that we 14, Rocky 20. were prepared for, but their LOSS TO TR guards weren't great so we The Grizzlies dug them- were able to apply some selves a huge hole and could pressure and create some never recover Friday night opportunities. We got some against Tongue River in steals and transition bas- Cowley. The Grizz and Ea- kets," Simmons said. gles traded baskets early, Rocky built a 14-2 lead but after the Grizz led 9-7 after the first quarter, then early, the visitors from Day- outscored the Scouts 14-8 ton and Ranchester scored in the second period to lead 20 straight points over a six- 28-10 at the half. Guy Jones minute span to lead 27-9. scored 8 points in the first Simmons attributed the half, Jessee Wilson and run to the Grizzlies not fol- Brandon Foster 6 each. lowing the game plan to get The Grizz lost defen-the ball inside. sive intensity in the third "Even when we were quarter and sent the Scouts trading baskets we weren't to the foul line 12 times en getting the kind of baskets route to being outscored by we wanted," Simmons said. the visitors 18-9 to cut the "We felt confident with our Rocky lead to 37-28 after inside game and felt if we three, could go inside we could ' We were trying to fig- score at will. But we scored ure out how to score more 6 points early from beyond points rather than protect- the arc when we felt we had ing the lead," Simmons said. the inside advantage. That "We didn't use good funda- wasn't in the game plan." mentals and gave up some Simmons also said turn- good shots and sent them to overs hurt the Grizzlies. the line 12 times. We played Rocky finished the game lazy defense and were foul- with 21 turnovers after ingtheirjump shooters. The only turning the ball over tempo changed - slowed nine times the night before down - and we got out of against Bridger. "They applied a half- court trap, and when we did execute we got layups out of it, but when we tried to dribble through it we got into trouble," he said. "And we still weren't getting the ball inside." The Grizz fought back midway through the second period, outscoring the Ea- gles 15-8 in a rally that, iron- ically, featured two treys by Bryce Ward. Tongue River led 35-24 at the half. "The threes were nice, but that's not what we were looking for," Simmons said. 'Tee talked about it at half- time and started getting twos again. We scored 19 points in the third, all on twos." Tongue River led 41-26 early in the third quarter, but the Grizzlies took off on a 13-0 run to cut the lead to two points, 41-39. Luke Le- onhardt and Foster sparked the rally. Rocky still trailed by two, 45-43, late in the quarter, but Keenan Gross hit a trey at the end of the quarter for the Eagles to give the visitors a 48-43 lead. The Grizzlies could never take the lead in the fourth period, closing the gap to two again at 49-47, only to see Tongue River score 6 straight to lead 55- 47. A trey by Foster with just over two minutes left cut the Eagle lead to five, 55-50, but several other at- tempts from long range failed to find the mark and Tongue River pulled away to win by nine. "Our third-quarter bas- ketball is what we wanted," Simmons said. "We had time with two minutes left trail- ing by five and still had the advantage inside. They had to play a lot of zone, and we were capable of getting good shots when we were patient with the ball. "They extended their zone to apply pressure. I give Larry (Moser) credit. There was only one thing they could do and they did it. They out-executed us. It was a good learning experi- ence. They're as disciplined a team as we've played this year." Foster finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds, five as- sists, five steals and four blocked shots to lead the Grizzlies in all five catego- ries. Leonhardt added 9 points and six rebounds. The box score: TONGUE RIVER (60) Henry Rawlings 0 0-0 0, Stephen Yellowtail 9 7-9 26, Jacob Moore 4 1-3 9, Tanner Dockery 2 3-4 7, Keenan Gross 2 0-0 5, Kyle Marsh 5 3-4 13. Totals 22 14-20 60. ROCKY (51) Thomas Troutman 0 0-0 0, Guy Jones 2 2-4 6, Luke Leonhardt 3 3-4 9, Tyrell Humphreys 1 0-0 2, Kyle Peterson 0 0-0 0, Derik Romero 0 0-0 0, Jessee Wilson 3 0-0 6, Brandon Foster 7 3-4 20, Michael Bernhisel 0 0-0 0, Bryce Ward 2 0-2 6, Team 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 8-14 60. T. River 18 17 13 12-60 Rocky 9 15 19 8-51 Three-point field goals - Yellow- tail 1, Gross 1; Foster 3, Ward 2. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - TR 16, Rocky 18. LOSS AT WIND RIVER The Grizz didn't play well on the road at Pavil- lion Saturday, Simmons said, falling to the Wind River Cougars 55-37. Heavy Wind River pressure led to 25 turnovers, and the Cou- gars converted the Rocky miscues into 22 points. "That was another team that was not real big," Sim- mons said. "They started off in a press, and when we ran the press-breaker properly we got layups, but when we thought we could break it in another way that led to a steal and a layup or a quick shot for them. "As much as I like push- ing the ball up the floor, you still have to be under con- trol. We got into this base- ball pass kind of stuff. We want to push but do it with three or four short passes." Wind River dominat- ed the first half, outscoring the Grizz 18-10 in the first quarter and 17-6 in the sec- ond to lead 35-16 at half- time. A 14-10 third-quarter advantage left the Cougars up 49-26 after three before Rocky cut into the lead with an 11-6 fourth-quarter ad- vantage. Wilson led the Griz- DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain senior point guard Thomas Troutman (3) dishes to a teammate as Jessee Wilson sets a screen during Rocky Mountain's game against the Tongue River Eagles Friday night in Cowley. The Grizz host Burlington Saturday at 4:30 p.m. zlies with 14 points and six HUSKIES TO TOWN rebounds. Foster added 7 After last week's hec- points, Jones 6 points, six tic schedule, the Grizz will rebounds and four assists, have only a single game this The box score: weekend, hosting the Burl- ROCKY (37) ington Huskies Saturday at Thomas Troutman 0 0-0 0, Brandon 4:30 p.m. (JVs at 1:30). The Altman 0 0-0 0, Guy Jones 2 2-5 Huskies are 0-3 so far, with 6, Luke Leonhardt I 3-9 5, Tyrell all three losses coming at Humphreys 1 0-0 2, Kyle Peterson 0 the Big Horn Basin Shoot- 0-0 0, Derik Romero 0 0-0 0, Jessee out Dec. 3-4. Wilson 6 2-2 14, Brandon Foster 2 Simmons said he's look- 3-5 7, Bryce Ward 1 0-0 3. Totals 13 ing forward to a strong week 10-21 37 of practice leading up to the WIND RIVER (SS) home game. Joe Lupher 0 2-3 2, Jordan "There's a lot we can C'Bearing 3 1-2 8, Tanner Gilliand work on, more so than after 0 o-0 0, Tyson Lone Bear 6 0-1 the first weekend," he said. 16, Roger Wagon 4 2-2 10, Jesse "I have five good practice Brown 7 2-3 17, James Steinhoff 1 plans and we have five good 0-02. Totals21 7-11 55. days to work on stuff. Ev- Rocky 10 6 10 11-37 erything we've seen is fix- WRiver 18 17 14 6-55 able, things we can start to Three-point field goals - Ward 1; work on. Lone Bear 4, C'Bearing 1, Brown "We're excited. It will be 1. Fouled out - Brown. Total fouls - a long week but a produc- Rocky 9, Wind River 19. tive week."