The Paw Print
Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams won one game and lost one game this weekend in Plachy Hall. This weekend marked the final home regular season action for the Grizzlies.
On Friday, Feb. 22, the Grizzlies hosted the Regis Rangers. The women ended the night with a tough loss and a score of 56-47. The Grizzlies stayed close to the Rangers during the first half. Though Regis held the lead for the first period, the Grizzlies tied the score up several times and entered halftime only trailing by two points, 25-23. Adams State kept the score close in the beginning of the second half, before the Rangers began to pull away. With just over four minutes remaining in the contest, the Rangers led by 13 points. The Grizzlies tried to rally but in the end found themselves down by 9 points for the final score. Marissa Peterman (Sante Fe, N.M.) led the Grizzlies in scoring for the contest, recording 13 points and Deanna Reich (Mesa, Ariz.) had 12 points. Tessie Pikula (Westminster, Calif.) added another 10 points.
The Grizzly men came away with the win easily in Friday night’s contest, besting Regis 92-56. Adams State led for the entire game. The Grizzlies entered the half leading by 19 points. Their largest lead was a 39-point spread nearing the conclusion of the contest. John Jackson (Chandler, Ariz.) registered 22 points on the night and was 8-10 from the field and 3-4 from the three-point range. Justin Kauffman (Anchorage, Alaska), who was 4-4 from three-point range, added 12 points on the night. Overall, the Grizzlies shot 55.6% from the field.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Metro Roadrunners were in town for Senior Night. The Grizzly women came out ahead in this contest, as they took down the Roadrunners 59-53. It was a close game as the lead changed hands several times during the first half, and Adams State entered the half with only a three point lead. In the second half, the lead changed back and forth until the Grizzlies gained the lead halfway through the second period and held on until the end of the contest. Keyondra White (Sierra Vista, Ariz.) put up 18 points on the night for the Grizzlies. Kelly Hernandez (Sparks, Nev.) and Ann Pauly (Garden Plain, Kan.) had 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The men had to take on the number one ranked team in the country, the Metro men. The Grizzlies fell short by a final score of 69-56. The Roadrunners held Adams State to only 16 points in the first half, and the team entered the half with an 18-point split. Metro came out strong in the second half, upping their lead to 23 points in just over two minutes. Adams State fought back, cutting the lead down to nine points by the four-minute mark, but they were unable to overcome the deficit. Jackson led the Grizzlies again, scoring 13 points. Kaimyn Pruitt (Los Angeles, Calif.) recorded 11 points, while Kauffman and Norvell Arnold (Harlem, N.Y.) each had 10. Before the men’s game, head coach Louis Wilson honored the seven seniors on his team this season.
This coming weekend, the men and women will play their final two regular games of the season. On Friday, they travel to Grand Junction to take on Colorado Mesa and on Saturday, they trek to Gunnison to play Western. For the men this weekend, they need to win one game, or have CSU-Pueblo lose one game, in order to host the first round of the RMAC Shootout, which will take place on Tuesday, March 5.