Two Lovell Lady Bulldog seniors were named to the Wyoming Class 3A All-State team in voting held in Casper over the weekend during the state tournament.
Named to the select squad were Charri McArthur and Mykelle Nichols, who were also named to the Class 3A West All-Conference team, along with fellow senior Savanna Savage. Earning honorable mention all-conference recognition were senior Madison Harper and junior Emily Snell.
Lovell’s honored cagers led the Lady Bulldogs to a 17-9 record and the state consolation title over the weekend in Casper.
McArthur led the team in scoring, pouring in 12.5 points per game and knocking down 43 three-pointers in the process while also shooting 78 percent from the free-throw line. She also averaged 2.4 assists and two steals per game.
“Charri was a deadly threat from the three-point line,” coach Chris Edwards said. “She was able to create shots from various spots on the floor including a mid-range jumper and attacking the rim and getting to the free-throw line.
“She understands the game well, which led to her creating opportunities for teammates by setting them up with nice assists. She has watched the game a lot and learned from other players and from her coaches.”
Edwards said McArthur is a quiet leader verbally but leads by example “with her relentless effort” that sees her hitting the floor “numerous times per game” leading to “multiple bruises and bumps from being an aggressive player.”
Nichols led the Lady Bulldogs with 3.5 assists per game and was third on the team in scoring at 10.2 ppg. She was second on the team in rebounding, pulling down five boards per game, and tied with McArthur at two steals per contest.
“Mykelle was a hard worker who put a lot of hours in the gym improving her game,” Edwards said. “She was at her best when she could get to the mid-range jumper or slash to the rim.
“She was well-rounded. She rebounded really well from her guard position and was wiry strong, which allowed her to battle against bigger players. She was very intelligent on the defensive end of the floor and was able to guard multiple positions with her length and quickness.”
Savage was second in the team in scoring at 10.6 points per game and led the Lady Bulldogs in rebounding, grabbing 6.5 caroms per contest. She shot 55 percent from the field and 70 percent from the foul line.
“Savanna was an athletic player who unfortunately had to play more of a five (center position) this year when she was more of a true four,” Edwards said. “She was forced go guard girls three to seven inches taller than her but battled her guts out every night. She was a selfless player defensively and would sacrifice her body numerous times each night to take charges. She would never back away from a barreling guard in the lane.
“We loved her coachability. She was a coach’s dream as far as taking personally what we asked her to do. Some of her numbers were hindered by foul trouble having to go against multiple girls bigger than her in the post.”
Edwards said McArthur, Nichols and Savage, along with Rocky Mountain junior Marissa Arnold, will play in the Treasure State Classic at Billings Senior High School this weekend – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – as part of the Wyoming West team, playing with girls from Powell, Worland and Mountain View.
Harper was the “bulldog of our team,” Edwards said, due to her constant effort and hustle.
“Her strong suit was applying ball pressure whether in a man or zone defense,” the coach said. “At times she lacked confidence with her offense but was a good mid-range jump shooter. She created the most five-second counts that we’ve seen from an individual player.”
Harper averaged 2.9 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per contest, and she had 31 steals and 36 assists.
Snell provided energy off the bench for the Lady Bulldogs this season though she at times had to play out of position in the post.
“With injuries and our lack of depth in the post, Emily was asked to play anywhere from the two to the five position this year,” Edwards said. “She was able to use her quickness to out-maneuver opposing post players she was forced to go against.
“Emily was fearless and would challenge people and get to the foul line. She got there 55 times and shot 65 percent. That showed her intelligence in how she attacked larger players and used ball fakes to get them out of position.”
Snell averaged 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game off the bench for the Lady Bulldogs.
By David Peck