RMMS cagers keep up the winning ways

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.
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.