Lady Grizz split six games heading into holiday

David Peck

The Rocky Mountain Lady Grizzlies played a flurry of games this week ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, meeting Powell, Riverside and Greybull.
Thursday at home, the ‘A’ squad – mostly eighth graders – fell to Powell 44-8, and the B team fell 31-16.
Kennedy Brimhall scored 4 points in the A game for Rocky, Annie Crosby and Brooklyn Larsen 2 each.
The Lady Grizz played a competitive first half in the B game, trailing 17-11 at halftime, but were outscored in the second half 15-5. Elle Ganoung scored 5 points for the Lady Grizz, Daizy Weinand 4, Crosby 3 and Sawyer Bassett and Taylor Grandalen 2 each.
Friday’s home games with Riverside were a different story Rocky won the A game 34-10 and the B game 21-10.
Rocky outscored Riverside 12-2 in the first half of the A game, then cruised with a 22-8 second-half advantage. Larsen scored 11, Bassett 9, Leah Haslem 8 and Crosby, Bailey Gifford and Brimhall 2 each.
The Lady Grizz led the B game 15-2 at the half, and Riverside had the edge in the second half, 8-6. Grandalen scored 12 for Rocky, Bassett 6, Weinand 2 and Ganoung 1.
Monday in Greybull, Rocky Mountain won the A game 32-16 but dropped the B game 38-30.
The Lady Grizz led the A game 14-8 at halftime, then pulled away in the second half with an 18-8 advantage. Bassett led the team with 13 points, and Haslem added 7, Brimhall 5, Crosby 4 and Larsen 3.
In the B game Greybull led just 18-17 at halftime but outscored Rocky 20-13 in the second half to pull away. Grandalen led the Lady Grizz with 13 points, and Bassett added 9, Crosby and Weinand 4 apiece.
“As we approach the end of our regular season, I’ve seen some remarkable improvement in individual play and also playing more as a team,” A team coach Doug Arnold said. “As we play within the framework of our offensive sets, we’re learning when to shoot and when to pass. Defensively, we have remained strong and consistent throughout the season and made teams work for their points. We still have plenty to work on and improve, but I think we’re headed in the right direction as we head into the conference tournament next weekend.
“Sawyer Bassett has really elevated her game this past couple of weeks and is playing with a lot of confidence. Kennedy Brimhall has been our Swiss Army knife as she’s so adaptable to many different positions and situations. Leah Haslem continues to come up with big shots and defensive stops. Brooklyn Larsen just quietly goes about controlling the offense and delivering the rock to open teammates. Our posts, Annie Crosby and Bailey Gifford, make it difficult on others to get any sort of clean look down low.”
“The seventh grade is making improvements every week,” coach Taylor Winland said. “Before every game I give the girls one main thing I want them to focus on, and they do a great job at that. We have been preaching help defense the past couple weeks, and we are making great improvements. As we wind down the last two weeks of the season, we hope to be playing our best basketball.”