Varsity girls win first playoff
By Connor Thompson
The Loyalton varsity girls defeated the Paradise Adventist Cougars on Wed. at home, 48-37, in the first round of the North Section CIF playoffs. The Grizzlies came out playing hard, leading at halftime, 26-19, after outscoring the Cougars 16-7 in the second quarter. The Grizzlies kept up the scoring attack in the third and fourth quarters and never allowed Paradise to make a comeback run.
Hannah Redding played an outstanding game, scoring 19 points altogether, with 15 coming in the first half to give the Grizzlies an early lead. The rest of the team played a big part in the win as well, with eight other Grizzlies scoring in the game.
The varsity girls lost to Chester Volcanoes, 49-38, in Chester last Friday. The Grizz stayed with Volcanoes the first half, only behind by three going into halftime. The third quarter was neck and neck with Volcanoes barely outscoring the Grizz by two points. The fourth quarter didn’t turn out in the Grizzlies’ favor, as they couldn’t take the lead away from Chester. Hannah Redding scored 12 points, leading the team, followed by Bethany Mchenry with nine and Jessica Renteria with seven.
The Lady Grizz beat the Quincy Trojans in Quincy on Feb. 11, 66-49. The Grizzlies’ press in the first quarter proved to be an effective weapon against the Trojans’ offense, as they held the Trojans to only six points the whole quarter.
The Grizzlies went into halftime with a lead of 16 points. Both teams came out of halftime firing, with the Grizzlies barely outscoring the Trojans by two points. However, the Grizz still went into the fourth quarter with a convincing lead and wouldn’t let it slip out of their hands. McHenry played exceptionally well, as she led the team with 19 points, followed by Jessica Richards with 15 and Redding with 14.
The varsity girls will now play the Providence Lions in Orland to decide who will go onto play in the semifinals.
The JV girls ended their season on a good note, not just winning their last two games, but also the Feather River Championship. The girls finished their season with an overall record of 10-2.
The girls beat Chester Volcanoes last Friday, 36-25, in Chester. The Grizz started the first quarter strongly, taking an early 12-4 lead, and wouldn’t let up the whole first half. The Grizzlies’ defense the second half was terrific, as they held the Volcanoes to only 13 points the whole second half. Meghan Gressel and Miranda Gunier led the team with 12 points each, followed by Griselda Lizarde with eight points and seven rebounds.
The JV girls also beat the Quincy Trojans on Feb. 11 in Quincy by a score of 48-38. The Grizzlies had strong start on defense, only allowing the Trojans four points in the first quarter.
The Trojans gained momentum the second quarter and went into halftime only down by four. However, the Grizz wouldn’t let the Trojans take the lead away from them and stepped up their defense once again, holding Quincy to only eight points in fourth quarter.
Gaby Bertagnoli contributed hugely in the fourth quarter with seven rebounds and ended up with 13 total rebounds. Gressel had another good game, scoring 20 points, followed by Kolbie Johnson with 10 and Gunier with nine.
Coach Bob Home said that this season was the best team he has had next to last year’s team and the great season was due to the team’s great effort, as well as that of the players.
Varsity boys lose in second round
By Maddi Morris
The varsity boys ended hopes for a North Section title with a loss last night against the Mercy High School Warriors at home, 52-51.
The boys started the game very intensely with a good lead in the first quarter 23-12. Mercy definitely picked up the defense in the second quarter, also out-scoring the Grizzlies, 15-11.
The next two quarters were battles, and the Worriers a three in the last five seconds of the game.
All of the boys who played scored. Dylon Gravelle had 16 points, D.J. Hall had 11, Connor Thompson had seven, and Antonio Lizarde had six points.
This game for many of the boys will be the last game they ever play. The seniors are Mike Rogers, D.J. Hall, Bradley Truhett, Alex Folchi, Antonio Lizarde, Dylon Gravelle, Tyler Charlton and Weston Roberti.
The boys were seeded fourth in Division VI after a 9-10 season including pre-season. They had a bye for the first round. The boys were 0-2 in the past two weeks with tough games against the Quincy Trojans and the Chester Volcanoes.
They lost to Quincy Feb. 11, 48-40. They started this game with great momentum and held the Trojans in the first quarter 10-10, but the first half ended with Quincy pulling ahead 23-21. They carried this intensity through the entire game but were never able to pull ahead.
Gravelle led the Grizzlies with 17 points followed by Hall with eight and Thompson with seven.
The Grizzlies lost to the Chester Volcanoes Feb. 19, 54-49. The Grizzlies fought hard this entire game as well; however, it was not enough. At halftime the score was 23-22 with Chester in the lead.
Gravelle had 17 points followed by Thompson with seven and Charlton seven as well.
The last two weeks were extremely tough for the JV boys, losing both to Quincy and Chester.
The Grizzlies fell to Quincy Feb.11, 68-38. Cash Grandi led with a total of 12 points, Tyler Davis had eight and Zack Parker had seven.
They also lost to Chester Feb.19 , 77-40. Davis had 13 points, and Grandi and Joe Peterman both had seven.
The JV boys ended the season with third place in the Feather River League.