Lady Grizz roar this week

The RMHS girls basketball team took on Greybull at home on Friday night and prevailed 42-26. The girls started off steady and held their ground all four quarters.

Brianna Hocker reaches for a basket at the game played against Greybull on Feb. 10 at RMHS. Patti Carpenter photo

“Everybody stepped up in this game and pretty much everyone who played scored some points. We switched up our defense to manage our legs a little bit, we created pressure to create turnovers, and did a good job of not turning the ball over to them,” said coach Ryan Boettcher.

Kallee Jo Wilson was the top scorer with 11 points. Mikayla Hocker scored 9, Mandee Leonhardt 6, Rachael Allred and Brianna Hocker 5 each, Hannah Winland 4 and Isabel Gurrola 2.

The girls established themselves early on and maintained the lead every quarter of the game. Boettcher thought Greybull was a “very physical bunch” and he was pleased with how well the Lady Grizz handled the pressure.

“It was one of those weekends where we felt like we were in control of the games,” said Boettcher.

The girls also played an away game with Riverside in Basin, Saturday, winning 45-30. Again, the girls came on strong, maintaining a lead of 13-6 after the first quarter. They held on to that edge throughout, staying ahead in all four quarters.

Wilson was again the top scorer with 22 points, and Shauna Loman added 7, Allred 6, Leonhardt, Hocker and Winland 2 apiece.

“We were able to establish Kallee and she played a good game for us,” said Boettcher.

Again, Boettcher thought the girls clicked as a team during the game.

“We had good ball movement, we were patient and we didn’t try to force shots,” said Boettcher. “The girls were playing good, solid basketball this weekend. They looked out for each other and everyone was involved.”

The girls have another big week ahead where they will face Lovell, the number one team in the state, on Thursday night in Lovell with game times of 4 and 5:30 p.m. This will be the last conference game of the season for the Lady Grizz.

“We know they’re a good solid team and there won’t be any pulling away from them,” said Boettcher. “We just hope to stay in there and play the best we can.”

They will travel to Big Horn for an away game on Saturday with game times of noon and 1:30 p.m.

“We had a great game with them when they were here last time,” said Boettcher. “This will be a tough road game and a great way to finish off our road season.”

By Patti Carpenter