RMMS cagers keep up the winning ways

By: 
David Peck

It was another strong week for the Rocky Mountain Middle School boys basketball program as the Grizz won eight out of nine games during a busy week.
The Grizzlies won three out of four at the end of last week, sweeping Riverside Friday at home, then splitting a pair in Cody Saturday.
Rocky Mountain took two from visiting Riverside with the eighth grade winning 41-8 and the seventh-grade team victorious 37-6.
In the first game the eighth graders shut out the Rebels 19-0 in the first quarter and cruised from there, outscoring Riverside 22-8 the rest of the way. Mason Moss led the way with 11 points, and Jaxon Hayes joined him in double figures with 10. Leland Hetland added 9 points, Cooper Winland 6 and Zach Unruh 5. Winland snared nine rebounds to lead the team, and Moss dished off seven assists.
Game two saw the seventh graders dominate Riverside 32-2 in the first half en route to the 31-point win. Jaxx May scored 17 points to lead the Grizz, and Jaxson Sponsel added 10 points, Jayden and Tejeo Scheeler 4 each, Lukas Miller 2. May grabbed a team high eight rebounds.
Cody split
The eighth-grade Grizzlies locked horns with Cody on the road Saturday morning and came away with a hard-fought win, 34-24. Rocky Mountain was able to outscore Cody in all four quarters: 10-9, 8-6, 8-4 and 8-5 as the Grizz gradually pulled away for the 10-point win.
Winland topped the scoring column with 15 points, and Moss added 12, Hayes 5 and Unruh 2. Winland also had eight rebounds, two steals and three blocked shots, Moss five rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. Unruh grabbed four rebounds and had a pair of steals.
The seventh graders fell to Cody 30-22 in overtime. The Grizzlies dug themselves an early hole, trailing 9-2 after one, then outscored Cody 20-13 over the next three quarters to send the game into overtime tied 22-22. Cody got the best of the extra period, however, 8-0.
Sponsel scored 12 points, May 6 and Miller 4. May had 14 rebounds, Miller seven and Sponsel six.
Powell sweep
The Grizz pulled off a remarkable sweep against Powell Monday afternoon in Cowley and Powell, winning the eighth-grade game 31-30 in a thriller, the seventh-grade game 40-24 and the sixth-grade game 22-10.
The eighth-grade contest was close all the way at home, with Powell clinging to a 22-21 lead after three quarters. The Grizz built a four-point lead in the fourth, and a late free throw by Moss was important when Powell splashed a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the final margin to one.
Moss finished with 18 points and five steals, Winland 5 points and nine rebounds. Ward scored 5, Hayes 3 in the defensive battle. A 37 pecent free throw shooting percentage (7-19) hurt the Grizzly cause.
Monday in Powell, the seventh graders blanked Powell 10-0 in the first quarter and led 25-6 at halftime before cruising in the second half. May scored 21 points, Sponsel 12, Miller 5 and Jayden Scheeler 2. May led with eight rebounds, and Sponsel had five assists.
The Rocky sixth graders led 4-2 after one, then broke the game open with a 13-4 second quarter advantage to lead 17-6 at halftime en route to the 22-10 win. Hudson Moore scored 9 points, Brooks Brost 5, Dally Malson 4 and Dane Wilson and Madden Cooley 2 apiece.
Meeteetse
The eighth-grade squad was given the night off against Meeteetse Tuesday, with only the “B” team and “C” team playing. The B team won 32-15 as Sponsel and May scored 11 points each, Tejeo Scheeler 4 and Miller, Jayden Scheeler and Kreegan Jones 2 each.
The C team won 46-10 as Malson scored 13, Cooley 8, Wilson 7, Brost and Ty Samson 6 each, Moore 4 and Jason Unruh 2.
The Grizz have a lighter week ahead, traveling to Basin to meet Riverside today (Thursday) at 4:15 p.m., then taking a road trip to Shoshoni Saturday for a 9 a.m. tip-off.

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