The Grizz girls played two basketball games this week. They traveled to Thermopolis for their first conference game of the season, falling 42-28.
“They’re a good team, we were on the road and it was a pretty physical game,” said Coach Ryan Boettcher. “I think offensively we did a pretty good job, but we just didn’t score often enough to keep the game close. We also needed to keep them more off balance offensively and we let them get too comfortable. We need to find more ways to put points up on the board, especially when we have games that are pretty physical like that one.”
Boettcher said the girls seemed to lack “rhythm” at the Thermop game, missing quite a few shots early on that should have brought in points.
“We missed quite a few good shots early in the quarter that could have put us in the lead that first quarter,” said Boettcher. “As the game went on, things got more physical and we couldn’t get back to the basket like we did before. We need to establish ourselves earlier. It will make the difference in games like that one. We did a better job in the second half of bottling up their best player.”
Shauna Loman was the team’s top scorer with 9 points. Kallee Jo Wilson had a fair number of rebounds at the post, noted Boettcher.
The girls hosted Wyoming Indian at home on Saturday, winning 48-30.
“Wyoming Indian is a team that has been sort of up and down this year, but they have beat some good teams,” said Boettcher. “They are a little unpredictable to play against at times and so they are one of those teams that you need to stay on top of and not let them sneak up on you. I think we did a good job of keeping them down and did a good job offensively of holding them to 30 points, because they can be a pretty high-powered team.”
Wilson had a great game with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
“Kallee had a big day for us and kind of led the charge,” said Boettcher.
Mandee Leonhardt scored 9 points and Hannah Winland scored 8.
“This is a team we’ve seen just about every year at Regionals, so it was good to see them and get a chance like this to play against them,” said Boettcher. “They’re always a dangerous team and it’s important to keep them in mind for the future.”
The girls will play three games this week. They will take on Greybull on Thursday for a conference game at home. Boettcher said he expects the girls from Greybull to be “feisty and aggressive.”
In another home game on Friday, the girls will face Shoshoni for the second time this season.
“We didn’t play real well against them last time, so we are looking forward to having another shot at them this weekend,” said Boettcher.
On Saturday, the girls will travel to Basin to play Riverside for another conference game.
“We’re in the thick of it now and have a conference game just about every week from here on out,” noted Boettcher. “In the meantime, we keep making adjustments and seeing what we can do to move forward.”
By Patti Carpenter