Varsity boys strong in league play
By Tommy Ketchum
The varsity boys took a tough loss against the Chester Volcanoes Feb. 4 at home. In the fourth quarter both teams came out playing at a fast pace only to be interrupted by multiple turnovers for both teams. Although the boys kept pace with the volcanoes, the perimeter shots were not falling in the Grizz’s favor ending at the half, 32-26 a manageable margin to make a comeback possible. The Grizz came out of half with the same pace on both sides of the ball but tattered with many turnovers that allowed the Volcanoes to pull ahead further by fast break lay up opportunities. The Grizz could not stop the Vols’ momentum in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 points while the Volcanoes posted 18 points, ending the game, 69-48.
The Grizz edged out a narrow victory against the Greenville Indians Feb. 1. In the first quarter the Grizz came out strongly holding the Indians to only four points and scoring 19. This set the tone for the game in the Grizz’s favor, pulling away early, just the opposite of the last meeting between the two teams. In the second the Grizz kept up the pace scoring, but the Indians began making a comeback, narrowing the lead at half, 30-19. In the third quarter the Grizz became complacent, allowing the Indians to stage a comeback, scoring 23 points, holding the Grizz to 10. Entering the fourth quarter the score now, 42-40 in the Indian’s favor, the Grizz needed to make some major corrections on both sides of the ball. The Grizz scored 19 points, taking the lead away from the Indians holding them to 16 points. The final defensive stand for the Grizz gave them the victory, 59-58.
The varsity boys defeated American Christian Eagles in Redding Jan. 24. In the first quarter of the game the Eagles came out strongly on defense against the Grizz, holding the boys to only nine points, while the Grizz allowed the Eagles 12. Down three going into the second quarter, the Grizz closed the three-point gap to tie the game going into half, 22-22. Coming out of half, the Grizz increased their momentum on both sides of the ball, holding the Eagles to only six points, taking the lead, 34-28 going into the final quarter. The fourth quarter improved for the Grizz dismantling the Eagles and scoring 23 points, giving the Grizz the win, 57-37.
The varsity boys lost to the Portola Tigers Jan. 28 in Portola. The boys scored first but the Tigers recovered, holding the Grizz to only nine points in the first quarter. The second quarter did not improve for the Grizz; the Tigers stayed consistent with their scoring drives, forcing the Grizz to make changes on both sides of the ball, ending the half, 38-25. After half the boys did not improve, and the Tigers kept up their scoring pace and slowed the Grizz down, increasing the Tigers’ lead. In the fourth quarter the Grizz finally slowed down the Tigers on both defense and offense, but the Tigers’ lead held, ending the game, 72-54.
The JV boys lost to the Chester Volcanoes Feb. 4 at home. The boys were slow to build momentum until the second quarter under the control of Parker Wilson who scored eight of the 17 points of the quarter. The team effort pushed the Grizz to a manageable margin to make a comeback after half. Unfortunately, the momentum for the Grizz did not carry into the third, as the Volcanoes stayed consistent now, making the lead going into the fourth, 49-29. The Grizz, the defense picked up momentum, holding the Volcanoes to 10 points, but it wasn’t enough to take the win, ending the game, 39-59. Although the boys lost the game, they showed major improvements from the previous games as a team on both sides of the ball.
Girls take Sierra County title
The varsity girls took several losses in the last two weeks but easily claimed the Sierra County title Tuesday at home against the Downieville Warriors, 67-21. Kolbie Johnson tied her career record with 33 points.
The varsity girls lost to Chester at a home game on Feb. 4. The first quarter the Grizz battled with Chester with the score being 12-12. The second quarter the Grizz fought to keep up with Chester, trailiing 24-20. The third quarter the Grizz let up a little bit and Chester pulled away with the lead. The fourth quarter the Grizzlies had a rough time, and Chester took the game with a score of 54-43. The high scorer of the game was Hayden Ketchum with 15 points.
The varsity girls lost to the Westwood Lumberjacks in Westwood on Jan. 29. The first quarter the Grizzlies were a little sluggish and trailed 13-8. The second quarter the Grizz picked up the pace a little bit but were still down at the end of the half, 37-18. The third quarter was a struggle for the Grizz, and the Lumberjacks expanded their lead to 54-21. The fourth quarter the Grizz gave it their all, but the Jacks had too large of a lead, ending the game 63-32. The high scorer was Johnson with 13.
The varsity girls beat American Christian Academy on Jan. 24 at Redding Adventist. The first quarter the Grizzlies came out strongly, putting up a lead of 15-7. The second quarter the Grizz kept up their pace, ending 25-15. The third quarter the Grizzlies picked it up for a 46-28 lead. The fourth quarter the Grizz expanded the lead, winning 62-46. The high scorers were Kolbie Johnson with 27 points and Becky Renteria with 14 points.
The varsity girls lost their away game to Portola on Jan. 28. The Tigers took the first quarter, 12-7. The second quarter the Grizz had trouble scoring and the half ended 21-10. The third quarter the Grizz picked up the pace a little bit, ending 38-21. The fourth quarter the Grizz kept up their pace, but it wasn’t enough, ending 49-29. High scorer was Hayden Ketchum with 8.
The JV girls had a tough contest with Westwood Tuesday at home, with an ending score of 34-30. Lauren Wangler was high scorer with 14, with Jade Leddy with 12.
The JV girls were the only team to beat Chester in the home marathon on Feb. 4. The first quarter was slow for both teams, ending 6-2, Grizzles. The second quarter the Grizz picked up the pace and outscored Chester,, 16-8. The third quarter the Grizzlies put heat on Chester, ending at 28-16. The fourth quarter the Grizzlies were on fire,, ending the game at 44-25. Abby Campbell rocked on defense and was the high scorer of the game with 14 points.
The JV girls lost to the Westwood Lumberjacks in Westwood on Jan. 29, 37-25. The high scorers of the game were Kennedy Hood, Jade Leddy and Sami Guidotti with 6 points each.
The JV girls lost their away game to Portola on Jan. 28, 33-17. The high scorer of the game was Lauren Wrangler with 8 points.