by marlys good
Greybull spotted Riverside a seven-point lead in the first quarter and it proved to be too much as the Lady Rebels went on to win the battle of rivals 30-28 in a game played in Basin Friday.
Riverside had a 16-6 lead at halftime but Greybull came out of the locker room revved up, staged a comeback and outscored the Rebels 22-14 in the second half but it was too little too late.
“It was a disappointing loss,” said Coach Marty Wrage. “We got some shots we wanted early on, but we couldn’t convert, and we didn’t do a good job on the offensive boards — on rebounding those we missed.”
Turnovers were also a factor. “We had a hard time hitting the open people, it seemed like we had “tunnel” vision. Once in a while we would (do all right) but at other times we really struggled to get anything going. Then we would retaliate and as a result got into foul trouble.”
In the second half Coach Wrage “used a few different combinations of people and that let us get a run. We had a chance at the end and cut it close.”
It was a different story Saturday as the Lady Buffs reeled off 21 points in the first quarter, scored in double digits in all four quarters and completely dominated St. Stephens, 64-31.
“We shot 40.9 percent from the field and had 22 offensive boards. We were getting extra shots and doing those things we needed to do. We didn’t reach and we didn’t foul.”
With starting guard Jessica Hunt out of the lineup, Ceirra Carlson and Brett Stephens “did a nice job getting the ball up court and spreading it around, did a lot of nice passing,” Wrage commented. The two also did their share of scoring, Carlson with 14 points and Stephens with 15.
McKenna Powers had seven rebounds; Stephens and Carlson grabbed five apiece.
The Buffs hope to repeat their performance tonight and Friday when they host two conference opponents, Rocky Mountain and Thermopolis.
Assessing the teams, Wrage said, “We’ve seen Rocky play; it will be kind of a toss up between our guard play and theirs. And they return Wilson, a good, powerful post player who has started for four years. We will have to do some things to slow her down, and the rest of the team is really improving. There should be some good matchups and it should be a good game to watch.”
Game times are 4 and 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Bobcats, according to Wrage, “are a pretty good shooting team; they are very athletic and do a good job. We’re going to have to switch up, play some man, some zone. We have to get out on their shooters; when they start going in we can’t leave them open.”
Tip-offs Friday are at 4 and 7 p.m.
Greybull 2 4 10 12 – 28
Riverside 9 7 6 8 – 30
Greybull — McKenna Powers 7, Lindsay Kern 4, Brett Stephens 2, Kirbi Anderson 4, Ceirra Carlson 2, Alex Powers 4, Jessica Hunt 2, Michaela Denniston 3. Totals 10-36 6-18 28.
Riverside — Brittany Vigil 11, Cydnie Clark 8, Jessa Clark 6, Emily McKim 2, Gabriela Alcaraz 2. Totals 10-35 10-27 30.
REBOUNDS — Greybull 36 (M. Powers 9, Anderson 6). ASSISTS — Greybull 10 (Hunt 5). STEALS — Greybull 14 (Hunt 4). TURNOVERS: 21.
Greybull 21 16 17 10 – 64
St. Stephens 7 8 4 12 – 31
Greybull — Denniston 5, A. Powers 4, Carlson 14, Nevin Brown 2, Soila Hernandez 5, Anderson 6, Stephens 15, Kern 5, M. Powers 6, Sarah Bockman 2. Totals 27-68 10-24 64.
REBOUNDS — Greybull 34 (M. Powers 7, Stephens 5, Carlson 5). ASSISTS — Greybull 16 (Dennison 3, Stephens 3). STEALS — Greybull 21 (Stephens 6, Carlson 6, Hernandez 4). TURNOVERS — Greybull 21.