The Lady Grizz won two out three games this week in their first tournament of the season held in Thermopolis Dec. 18-19.
The girls were thrown a curve ball on Friday when they were matched up with the Lady Bobcats from Thermop instead of the team from Saratoga they were expecting to play, after the Saratoga team arrived late due to bad road conditions.
“The girls opened with Thermopolis,” said coach Eric Honeyman. “This
is something we just weren’t expecting and it threw us at first.”
Honeyman said the girls struggled in the first half, scoring only five points to Thermop’s 16, but made up the difference with 25 points in the second half of the game.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough to prevail and the Lady Bobcats won 48 – 30.
“It just goes to show that these girls aren’t about to give up,” said Honeyman.
Marissa Arnold was the team’s primary scorer with 19 points, Brenda Timmons had 7, Olivia Higgins 4.
On Saturday, the girls were up against Cokeville, a team with considerable height.
“We knew they had a few big posts and that height would be a challenge,” said Honeyman.
The girls got off to a strong start and held steady throughout all four quarters, prevailing 52-44 over the Lady Panthers.
Honeyman said he was impressed with a number of players who rose to the challenge and contributed a lot points-wise, in particular points-leader Arnold, Pepper Lewis, Timmons, Summer Johnson, Higgins and Maddie Hocker.
“We were lacking
scorers up until now, where Marissa was the main one getting points,” said Honeyman. “It was nice to see other girls chiming in and getting some points, too.”
Arnold led with 25 points, Timmons had 11, Hocker had 8, Johnson had 4 and Pepper Lewis had 2 points.
The girls were up against Dubois next, where they again prevailed 52-34.
Though disappointed that the girls didn’t go 3-0 in the tourney, Honeyman said he thought they played great in all three games and was especially pleased with their wins against Cokeville and Dubois.
“Three-O would have been ideal, but it was
nice to see them play so well,” said Honeyman. “We still have some fine-tuning to do, but we’re moving in the right direction now, cleaning up mistakes of the past and getting better each week.”
Arnold led again with 20 points, Timmons had 9, Higgins had 7, Johnson and Brianna Brumwell had 4 apiece, Hocker had 6 and little sister Abby Arnold had 2 points. Marissa Arnold led in rebounds with eight.
Next up the girls will compete in the Holiday Classic tournament Jan. 7-9 in Cowley.
By Patti Carpenter