by nathan oster
Greybull Middle School teams were busy last week, with games against Cody, Worland and Rocky Mountain.
Two wins in three starts pushed the seventh graders’ overall record to 5-2.
The week began with a 35-11 loss to Cody. According to Coach Ken Jensen, Cody’s perimeter players forced Greybull into 38 turnovers, which spelled defeat for the young Buffs.
The Buffs rebounded nicely Thursday against Worland, shooting a torrid 63 percent from the field. Miguel Gomez and Max Mills each pumped in 18 points as Greybull rolled to the 41-28 triumph.
Jensen said the 63-percent figure was more an indicator of “the shots we took” than “our shooting abilities,” adding, “We ran the offense better than we have all season, which resulted in getting lay-ups instead of 10-foot shots.”
Greybull’s third and final game of the week went right down the wire. The seventh graders led Rocky Mountain by as many as 12 before the young Grizzlies rallied to cut the margin to two with less than a minute to play. A Gomez layup with 30 seconds to play, however, preserved the 36-32 win for Greybull. Jose Araiza was credited with an assist on the play.
Gomez led the scoring with 16, followed by Mills with nine, Eduardo Burgos six, Morgan Dowling three and Araiza two.
The sixth graders enjoyed a perfect week, beating Cody 29-13, Worland 32-7 and Rocky Mountain 34-9. Their overall record stands at 6-1
The win over Cody was much easier than the first go-round, which was won by Cody. In the rematch, Greybull built a 7-0 lead in the opening quarter and never looked back, eventually winning by 16.
Ralph Petty led with 10 points, followed by Braeden Tracy with nine, Brock Hill six, Gerardo Corral and Jaden Bilbrey, two apiece.
Six of the seven players who saw action against Worland scored. It was no contest from the opening tip, as GMS built a 12-0 lead after one and never let the young Warriors off the deck, eventually winning by 25.
Saturday’s game against Rocky Mountain followed the same script, as five of the six Buffs who saw action scored points. Brock Hill led with 11, followed by Ralph Petty with nine, Tracy eight, Abraham Mendez four and Corral two.