Lady Bulldogs clobber Riverside

Playing a pair of disparate opponents, one coming into the weekend at 0-11, the other 10-2, the Lovell Lady Bulldogs had mixed success on the road Friday and Saturday, crushing the winless Riverside Lady Rebels 61-15 on Friday in Basin, then falling to the third-ranked Tongue River Lady Eagles in Dayton Saturday, 57-42.

Lovell senior center Kim Shumway takes it in the chops against the Riverside Rebels Friday night in Basin. No foul was whistled on the play, but the Lady Bulldogs rolled to a 61-15 win. They host Rocky Mountain Friday. David Peck photo

Lovell senior center Kim Shumway takes it in the chops against the Riverside Rebels Friday night in Basin. No foul was whistled on the play, but the Lady Bulldogs rolled to a 61-15 win. They host Rocky Mountain Friday.
David Peck photo

The Lovell squad has been adjusting to life without junior center Emilee Reasch, who injured her knee against Thermopolis Jan. 17 and has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Four players scored in double figures against Riverside, and sophomore Savanna Savage – starting in place of Reasch – led the way with 14 points. Lauren Hinckley, Charri McArthur and Kim Shumway added 11 points each, Chayli McArthur 8.

“I told the girls that we needed to focus on what we do, work on our rotations and make sure we play solid defense and rebound as a team,” Coach Chris Edwards said. “Savanna came in and had 10 points in the first quarter and really did some good things inside Riverside’s zone.

“We worked the ball high-low and the girls did a good job finding her underneath their 2-3.”

Savage’s 10 points propelled Lovell to a 16-3 lead by the end of the first quarter, and five players got into the act in the second quarter, led by Shumway with 7 and Hinckley with 5, as Lovell outscored Riverside 19-6 to lead 35-9 at halftime.

It was more of the same in the third as Lovell outscored Riverside 20-4 to lead 55-13 as Charri McArthur scored 7 points off the bench in the quarter, Hinckley 6 on a pair of three-pointers. Lovell won the fourth 6-2 to win 61-15 as the clock ran throughout the quarter due to the 40-point mercy rule.

Shumway finished with seven rebounds to go with her 11 points, Savage six boards. Mykelle Nichols had five of the team’s 17 assists.

Riverside finished with 30 turnovers and Lovell had 17 steals, which turned into some easy baskets in transition as Lovell shot 52 percent from the field. Edwards said he was disappointed with the team’s 17 turnovers, however.

Tough loss

To say that Tongue River was hot coming into Saturday’s game would be an understatement. The Lady Eagles had won seven in a row since falling to the Lady Bulldogs in Lovell 59-37 on Dec. 14 and Wind River the following weekend, and they had defeated Moorcroft the night before by the incredible score of 66-1…not to mention the fact that the Lady Eagles were loaded for bear after losing to Lovell.

But Lovell, for a while, stayed with TR, which was playing well with previously injured starters Sarah Rawlings and Tara Stimpson back in the lineup. Tongue River led 14-8 after the first quarter after leading early 11-1. Savage and Hinckley led a 7-3 run for the Lady Bulldogs.

But already a bit thin with Reasch out of the lineup, three players got into foul trouble in the second quarter and had to sit down – Nichols, Savage and Shumway — and the result was a 25-13 advantage for TR in the second, which put the Lady Eagles up 39-21 at halftime.

“They came out in a 2-2-1 full-court press, but really their press only bothered us two or three times down the floor,” Edwards said. “We hurt ourselves by not converting easy baskets in the paint and making poor passes through their half-court 2-3 zone. Right now our Achilles heel is turnovers (25 in the game).

“In the second quarter we had three starters on the bench with three fouls, and we had costly turnovers and they got some easy buckets in transition. I told the girls we had to maximize our opportunities  in a game against Tongue River and that we couldn’t afford any mental breakdowns.

The Lady Bulldogs scrapped back in the third quarter to within eight points before TR finished strong and led by 17 at the quarter break, 52-35. Tongue River went on to win by 15, 57-42.

“I was proud of the girls for fighting back into it,” Edwards said. “We didn’t shoot well (29 percent), which was a testament to how well Tongue River played.”

Savage and Charri McArthur led the Bulldogs with 9 points each, and Nichols added 8, Hinckley 6. Shumway grabbed 13 rebounds, Hinckley seven.

Rocky next

The Lady Bulldogs will host the rival Rocky Mountain Lady Grizzlies Friday to complete the first half of the conference season, then travel to Ethete Saturday to take on the Wyoming Indian High School Lady Chiefs.

“Obviously, Friday’s game is a pivotal game,” Edwards said. “It’s 3-0 (Lovell) against 2-1, and whoever wins will be in first place.

“They’re playing well right now, and you always know a game between us and Rocky is an intense game. Each team steps up and plays their best.

Tip-off times for Friday’s games have been moved back 15 minutes to 4:15 p.m. for the junior varsity games (girls at the high school), 5:45 for the girls varsity game and 7:15 for the boys varsity contest.

Lovell beat Wyoming Indian 54-45 on Dec. 12 at home, but Edwards said Wyoming Indian is always tough at home.

“We’ve got to do a good job controlling the tempo of the game and not getting into foul trouble against their style of play,” he said.

LOVELL (61)

Madison Harper 0 0-1 0, Mykelle Nichols 2 0-1 4, Kassi Renner 0 0-0 0, Savanna Savage 4 6-8 14, Lauren Hinckley 4 0-0 11, Chayli McArthur 4 0-0 8, Charri McArthur 5 0-3 11, Caitlyn Lundberg 0 0-0 0, Mercedes Haney 0 0-0 0, Kim Shumway 4 3-4 11, Sara Clark 0 0-0 0, Jaclyn Caldwell 0 0-0 0, Miranda May 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 9-17 61.

RIVERSIDE (15)

Erika Ely 2 3-4 7, Staci Dellos 2 3-4 7, Ashtyn Hill 2 0-0 4, Nicole Workman 0 0-0 0, Tori Rollins0 1-3 1, Kyra Workman 1 1-5 3, Shaylyn Hubbard 0 0-0 0. Totals 5 5-12 15.

Lovell 16 19 20 6 – 61

Riverside 3 6 4 2 – 15

Three-point field goals – Hinckley 3, Charri McArthur 1. Fouled out – none. Total fouls – Lovell 17, Riverside 16.

LOVELL (42)

Madison Harper 0 0-0 0, Mykelle Nichols 3 2-2 8, Kassi Renner 0 0-2 0, Savanna Savage 3 3-3 9, Lauren Hinckley 2 0-2 6, Chayli McArthur 2 1-2 5, Charri McArthur 3 0-1 9, Caitlyn Lundberg 0 0-0 0, Mercedes Haney 0 0-1 0, Kim Shumway 2 1-2 5, Sara Clark 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 7-15 42.

T. RIVER (57)

Amanda Buller 6 1-3 13, Sarah Rawlings 3 1-6 7, Chayloh Bluemel 3 0-2 7, Tara Stimpson 3 0-0 7, Allison Reed 2 2-2 6, Kortni Sharp 0 0-0 0, Julie Tritschler 0 0-4 0, Erin Aksomit 3 3-6 9, Ashley Dodge 0 0-2 0, Kylee Knobloch 3 2-2 8. Totals 23 9-27 57.

Lovell 8 13 14 7 – 42

T. River 14 25 13 5 – 57

Three-point field goals – Charri McArthur 3, Hinckley 2; Bluemel 1, Stimpson. Fouled out – Savage. Total fouls – Lovell 19, Tongue River 17.

By David Peck

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