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December 18, 2014 I The Lovell Chronicle I 11 PATTI CARPENTER Marissa Arnold races down the Court with Lady Bulldog Chayli McArthur hot on her heels during a game at Rocky Mountain High School on Saturday. First game of the season reveals fighting spirit of Lady Grizz BY PATrl CARPENTER The Rocky Mountain girls basketball team took on Burlington for their first game of the season this week in Burlington. Though the girls fell 53-43 in the non-con- ference game, it was not without a fight. The girls from Burlington came out slugging in the first quarter, prevailing 12- 5. The Lady Grizz pulled ahead in the sec- ond quarter, winning 15-9. Burlington in- creased the pressure in the third quarter, winning 18-9. Both fought hard for a tie in the final quarter, 14-14. Coach Eric Honeyman got a good look at'the capabilities of his key players and was, for the most part, pleased with what he saw. The early-season game gave him insights on what to work on, as well. Mikaela Hocker had 17 points and 6 rebounds. "Mikaela Hocker played a great game," he said. "She was all over the place with re- bounds and points. I really liked how she was so aggressive with the ball. She looked to shoot the ball and drive which is awe- some for her game." .  Sarah Jones had 6 points and 4 rebounds. "Sarah played a very consistent game," said Honeyman. "She played both ends of the floor really good. She did a great job of running our zone offense and seeing the holes in the defense. I am very happy how well she played." Livia. Higgins had 6 rebounds. "Livia played a really good game," Hon- eyman said. "Her defense was great, and she rebounded the ball great. I like how she was smart with the ball. She made good shots when they were there, she drove when she had an opening." Maddie Crawford had 4 points and 2 rebounds. "Maddie is the floor leader," said Honey- man. "She did a great job of bringing the ball down and getting players in their spots." Honeyman was especially pleased with Maddy Hocker, who impressed her coaches and teammates with her tenacity. "Maddy, a freshman, came into a var- sity game and I thought she would be ner- vous and Scared," noted Honeyman. "She wasn't at all. She played some big minutes for us and did a very good job for us Friday night. Impressed all of us coaches how well she played." Hard-charging Marissa Arnold was one of the team's leaders with 10 points and 7 rebounds. "Marissa has been playing through the injury bug," said Honeyman. "It didn't stop her from playing hard against Burlington. She did a good job of breaking the press and attacking the defense that Burlington was in." The girls have their work cut out for them this week as they continue refining their skills and working on conditioning. "As far as the team, we as a team strug- gled with finishing," said Honeyman. "We had numerous opportunities to break up the game but couldn't because we couldn't finish around the basket. If we woull have made just half of our points within five feet, that would have been 30 points. We shot 48 percent from the free throw line, so I would like that to improve. I am happy, though, how my girls did battle back. That shows their character." Next up, the girls will battle it out in the Big Horn Basin Shootout held on their home court this weekend. The JV team will play Riverside at Rocky at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. The varsity girls will play Meetee- tse at 3 p.m. On Saturday, the Rocky varsi- ty team will play Snake River at 9 a.m. The JV girls will play Snake River at 10:45. The varsity girls will play Burlington at 5:45 p.m. and the JV girls will take on Burling- ton at 7:30 p.m. Grizzlies rally to beat Huskies in Burlington BY DAVID PECK It was a strong start to the 2014-15 season for the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies as the Grizz clawed their way out of an early hole and rallied to defeat the Burl- ington Huskies 51-48 Fri- day night in Burlington. The Grizz struggled early and found themselves down 17-4 after the first quarter against the top- ranked (Class 1A) Huskies. Rocky coach Michael Simmons said the Grizz were working senior Kirby Winland - cleared to play just the day before after re- covering from a thumb in- jury sustained late in the football season - into the lineup, and also just came out cold against the aggres- sive Huskies. "They hit some early threes and also scored in transition, and we didn't hit anything," Simmons said. The Grizz began their comeback in the second quarter, outscoring the home team 14-9 to trail 26-18 at halftime. Win- land scored 7 points to lead the charge, and Tan- ner Coleman also hit a big three-pointer. "As the game went on we applied more and more pressure," Simmons said. "We started in a half-court man and extended it to three-quarter court. We wanted to run up and down the floor with them, and that seemed to work better for us. "In the second quar- ter the three-quarter-court man disrupted their of- fense, and they kind of went cold, too." The two intra-district foes traded baskets in the third quarter, with Rocky outscoring Burlington 16- 15 to cut the lead to 41-34. Simmons said the Grizzlies kept the pressure on, even using a zone trap for a bit, to pull within four before Burlington went back up by seven at the quarter break. The fourth quarter was all Rocky Mountain as the Grizz outscored Burlington 17-7 to win by three. Cole- man shot lights out, scoring 10 points including a pair of treys. The only negative was that the Grizz missed six of nine free throws in the quarter, hitting only eight of 24 in the game. "They played their 1-3- 1 zone, so they're vulnera- ble in the corner," Simmons said of Coleman's bombs. "We did a good job swinging the ball and got some better looks for Tanner, and he hit them. "They (Burlington) are going to win a lot of games. If I had to bet a nickel, I'd probably put two nickels on Burlington (in Class 1A)." Coleman finished with 18 points, Cole Simmons 13 and Winland 11. De- spain finished with eight rebounds and six steals, Cole Simmons eight boards and Cannon Simmons five assists. ROCKY (S John Higns 2 0-2 4, Cole Simmons 5 3-9 13, Bill Despain 0 2-4 2, Caleb Horrocks 0 0-0 O, Kirby Winnd 50 11, Cole Wambeke 0 0-0 O, Cannon Simmons 0 3-9 3, Tanner Coleman 7 0-0 18. Totals 19 8-24 51. BURLINGTON (48) N. Carrizales 0 0-2 O, t. Stanworth 1 0-0 2, L Henderson 0 0-2 O, J. McNiven 5 2-3 12, T. Wardell 4 0-3 10, N. Carfiza- les 5 0-0 12, J. Peterson 2 1-2 6,B. Jones 1 4-7 6. Totals 18 7-19 48. RockyMtn. 4 14 16 17-51 Burlington 17 9 15 7-48 Three-point field goals - Winland 1, Coleman 4; Wardell 2, N. Carrizales 2, Peterson 1. Fouled out - Jones. Total fouls - Rocky 17, Burlington 22. SB1 changes meeting dates BY PATti CARPENTER The Board of Trust- ees of Big Horn County School District No. 1 voted to change the day of its reg- ularly scheduled meeting from the second Tuesday of the month to the sec- ond Monday of the month at their December meet- ing held on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The time of the meet- ing will remain 7 p.m. and the meeting place will be, for the most part, at the district office in Cowley, with the exception of a few meetings during the year that will be held in Burl- ington. Meetings outside of the regular schedule or location will be announced through public notice and on the district's website. In other matters, Supt. Shon Hocker presented a letter addressed to legis- lators Rep. Elaine Har- vey and Sen. Ray Peterson asking them to support certain initiatives during the upcoming legislative session and in the future. The letter asked the legislators to encourage the state to apply for a federal "N.o Child Left Be- hind" waiver, stating that it would eliminate "un- warranted frustration and spending for the state and the school districts." The letter asked the legislators to support Wy- oming state standards, to advocate for smarter bal- anced assessments and to re-establish state level accountability. It also asked for legis- lators to create an adviso- ry group made up of super- intendents and curriculum directors and expressed the frustration felt by dis- tricts due to recent polit- ical turmoil in the state board of education. "We have been ad- versely affected by a lack of consistency and direc- tion from state leaders, which has led to ongoing confusion for districts re- garding standards, assess- ments and accountabili- ty as a whole," stated the letter that was signed by Hocker. The board voted to endorse the letter, which will also be signed by the chairman of the school board of trustees. Also during the meet- ing, the board elected Koleen Sponsel as chair- man, replacing Dave Monk, who did not win his recent bid for re-election to the board. Trisha Aagard was elected to Sponsel's for- mer position as secretary/ treasurer, Paul Rasmus- sen was elected vice-chair and Joan Zier was elected to the position of clerk. The highlight of the meeting was a preSen- tation by Rocky Moun- tain High School FFA members. The students thanked the board for ap- proving their most recent trip to the FFA National Convention and presented a slide show of the activi- ties they attended while in Louisville. Administrators from all of the schools in the district submitted written overviews of school activi- ties. Those reports are ac- cessible to the public on the district's website. Early Deadline Reminder Deadline for all submissions to the Chronicle for Christmas week is MONDAY, Dec. 22 at NOON - - advertise your business here. 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