Lady Grizzlies hold 5-3 record
By Weston Roberti
The varsity girls’ pre-season is officially over. After two exhibition games and two tournaments before the holiday break, the Lady Grizz will head into the regular season with a winning record, 5-3.
The Loyalton Grizzlies played in the North Tahoe tournament for the team’s first tournament Dec. 3-5 in Tahoe City.
The Grizzlies got off to a great start, winning the first game they played against Lutheran out of Sacramento with a score of 44-17. Maddi Morris and Kelsey Scheckla led the team in points with 10 each.
The Lady Grizz continued their excellent play, going on to win the second game of the tournament 54-34 against host North Tahoe. Bethany McHenry had the hot hand in the game for Loyalton, scoring 12 points. Richards was not far behind however, with 10 points.
In the championship game of the tournament, the Grizzlies met Liberty Christian, a much tougher opponent, and lost 59-24. The Grizzlies fell behind early, scoring only three points in the first quarter, and only eight in the first half altogether. The Grizzlies scored well in the fourth quarter but couldn’t pull it out. Bethany McHenry was named to the all tournament
The Grizzlies had its first home game Dec. 12 against the North Tahoe Lakers, winning 52-43. Loyalton had three players in double digit scoring, and all but one player scored. McHenry had 11 points, and Scheckla and Hannah Redding scored 10 each to lead the Grizzlies in points. The Lakers rallied in the fourth to outscore the Grizzlies, 20-12, but the Grizzlies played hard and won.
The Grizzlies started in the Tiger Classic last weekend in Portola by losing a close and intense game to the Biggs Wolverines, 63-52. Although the Grizzlies outscored the Wolverines 17-8 in the fourth quarter, the effort was not enough, giving the Grizzlies its first loss of the tournament. Sophomore Hannah Redding led the Grizzlies with 18 points. Richards scored 11 points.
After a tough loss to Biggs, the Grizzlies bounced back in the second game of the Tiger Classic to defeat the Modoc Braves, 43-28. Kayla Gressel led the team with 14 points.
The Lady Grizz faced its hardest test in the team’s last game of the tournament against the Portola Tigers. Loyalton started the game strongly, matching point for point with Portola and ending the first period down by 1 point. The Tigers came out on fire in the second quarter, however, winning the quarter, 14-2, and after taking control of the game, they never looked back.
Gressel was named all tournament, and McHenry won the three-point contest.
The Grizzlies defeated the North Tahoe Lakers Tuesday for the third time this season with a score of 48-23. Loyalton scored consistently in the first two quarters and gained a lead that would not be relinquished. Jessica Richards scored 15.
In the JV girls’ first game of the season, they defeated the Muckers in Virginia City Dec. 4 in a 15-point win. Since the Grizzlies were playing a freshman team, Coach Bob Home started all freshmen. After a slim lead at the end of the first quarter, Home put in some bench players, and Loyalton took control of the game. Miranda Gunier had a good game, scoring 11 points and stepping up for the team as a freshman.
In the girls’ first tournament game, they started out slowly against the Portola Tigers and lost 46-23. The Tigers took a 10-point lead early on in the game, yet the Grizzlies would hang around in the game until the last few minutes of play when Home decided to give his bench some playing time. Griselda Lizarde led the Grizzlies with 12 points in a great effort to keep Loyalton within winning distance.
Although the girls lost the first game, they came out determined in the second game and defeated the Modoc Braves, 46-40, in a very close and intense game. Lizarde scored 14 points.
The JV girls needed to win its last game of the tournament in order to take second place. The Grizzlies would do so, defeating the Biggs Wolverines, 29-18. Griselda Lizarde put her two earlier performances out of memory, scoring 24 points and helping the Grizzlies win another game.
The JV girls lost its first home game against the North Tahoe Lakers on Dec. 12, 41-27, yet put up a great fight against the varsity girls from North Tahoe. Due to the Lakers’ not being able to put together a JV girls team, the JV’s decided to play the varsity team in order to gain some pre-season experience. Miranda Gunier had the most points for the Grizzlies, scoring 11 points in the game.
Both girls’ teams will resume play in January. The varsity team will play Dowieville away on Jan. 8. The JV girls’ first game isn’t until Jan. 15 in Greenville.
Varsity boys off to strong start
By Maddi Morris
The varsity boys’ pre-season is currently even, 4-4.
At the Quincy tournament the boys played Truckee Dec. 3, losing by a landslide. The top scorers of that game were Dylon Gravelle with 14, Tyler Charlton with 10, Bradley Truhett with six and Mike Rogers with five. The Grizzlies beat Quincy Dec. 4. Gravelle was the top scorer with 19 followed by Connor Thompson with nine and D.J. Hall with seven. They lost to Lassen Dec. 5. Charlton had 14 that game followed by Gravelle with 10 Rogers with six and Truett with five.
The Grizzlies beat North Tahoe Dec. 8, 56-54, at their first home game. Leading the team was Charlton with 16 points, followed by Hall with 11, Truett with 10, and Gravelle and Thompson each with seven.
The Grizzlies took one of three Dec. 10-12 at the Tiger Classic in Portola. They lost to ROP Dec. 10, 78-54. Charlton led the team with 15 points followed by Truhett, 14, and Gravelle, 11. They beat Modoc Dec. 11, 53-40. Hall led with 19 points, followed by Truett, 16, and Gravelle, 12. They lost to Portola Dec. 12, 48-40. Gravelle had 20 points, followed by Charlton, 10, and Hall seven. The boys ended the tournament in third place. Gravelle was named to the all-tournament team, and Charlton won the free throw competition.
The Grizzlies won a close game at North Tahoe Tuesday. Gravelle led this game with 23 points followed by Hall with 19.
The JV boys have had a rough pre- season, with an overall current record of 3-6.
They played in the Quincy Tip Off Tournament as well and lost two of three.
The JV boys took a beating against Spring Creek Dec. 3 but beat North Tahoe Dec. 4 and finished off the tournament, losing to Portola in a really intense game.
The boys went on to play North Tahoe at home Dec. 8 and won 55-44. Kendall Gunier led the team with 13 points; Cash Grandi, 11 points; Zach Parker, nine points; and Tyler Davis, eight.
At the Tiger Classic in Portola Dec 10-12, they lost to Portola, lost to Modoc and lost to ROP.
Gunier was named to the all tournament team, and Parker won the three-point competition.
The JVs beat North Tahoe Tuesday there 54- 34. Gunier led the team with 16 points; Grandi had 15 points; Joe Peterman had 10 points; and Parker had nine points.
Both boys’ teams play tonight in Truckee.