Snow Badgers can’t get winning shots to fall, lose to USU-E Eagles by one

 

By James Tilson

 

02-06-2019

 

Snows Truman attempts to shoot the winning shot over a USU-E defender. However, the shot did not go down, and the Badgers fell to the Eagles, 55-56, last Saturday.

EPHRAIM—In a nail-biting finish, the Snow College men’s’ basketball team narrowly lost to the Utah State University – Eastern Eagles, 55-56 last Saturday, going to 4-3 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference and falling into a tie for second place in the conference.

“It’s a very tight league,” said Badger Assistant Coach Ben Cruickshank after the game. “In these league games, it’s so tough because you all know each other so well, and can counter all their tendencies.”

It was evident early on that this game was going to be tightly contested. Neither team would give up an easy basket; and there were several times during the game when the Snow defense forced a turnover for a shot clock violation.

After scoring 108 points over Salt Lake Community College last week, Snow only scored 29 points in the first half against the Eagles. However, they only allowed 27, and clung to a narrow lead.

“We only allowed [USU-E] to shoot 39 percent from the field, 19 percent from three, and 65 percent from the line,” said Cruickshank. “You expect to win when you play that well defensively, but we just couldn’t score on offense.”

Indeed, Snow did barely any better on offense than USU-E. They shot 37 percent from the field, and 26 percent from three. “7 for 27 from the three is not typical of our offense.”

But for all the offensive struggles for Snow, the Badgers had multiple opportunities to win the game at the end. With one minute left in the game, the Eagles led 55-56, which would be the final score.

Snow had possession, and its first chance to win the game. But it could not score, and went back down the court. Snow held USU-E, and got the ball back. Truman Moore found Jake Walker in the corner for an open three, but he couldn’t hit it either. In the resulting rebound, the Eagles Ognjen Pantovic was fouled, and the teams marched to the other end.

With 15 seconds left in the game, Pantovic could have pulled the Eagles away from the Badgers. But he missed both his free throws, and Snow rushed to the other end of the court. The ball goes out of bounds, twice, and Snow has one more play with 4.5 seconds left.

Moore got the inbound play, and had an open shot from 10 feet away. He missed the first attempt, and got his own rebound. He went back up, but this shot was blocked, and the game clock expired.

With the loss, Snow goes to 4-3 in the SWAC, and is in a tie for second with USU-E, behind the College of Southern Idaho in first at 5-2.

There are three more weeks in the SWAC regular season before the Region 18 Tournament at the end of the month. This week, Snow will play Colorado Northwestern twice, away on Thursday, Feb. 7 and back home on Saturday, Feb. 9. Tip-off is scheduled at 5 p.m.

Manti, North Sanpete wrestlers compete in 3A divisional tourney

 

By Benjamin Thornberg

 

02-06-2019

 

North Sanpete and Manti face off at the 3A Divisional Tournament last Friday and Saturday at the Sevier Center in Richfield

RICHFIELD—Area wrestlers faced off at the Utah 3A Divisional Tournament held at the Sevier Center last Friday and Saturday.

Manti High School and North Sanpete High School both competed at the tournament.

Manti wrestlers found success in the tournament. Damon Mayfield took first place in the 160 weight class. Seni Latu earned second place; Kayden Clark took fifth place; Dane Seely finished in sixth place; Kent Larson took seventh place; and Saili Moe came in eighth place. Overall, the Templars were ranked seventh in their division.

The Hawks had two first place finishes. Luis Rodriquez placed first in the 170 class, along with Dalton Anderson who finished first in the 220 weight class. Laramie Roberts took fourth place in the 182 weight group. North Sanpete will also be competing in the state tournament at UVU next weekend.

Manti will have half of their team competing and Manti Coach Ryan Fowles spoke confidently of six of his wrestlers who could potentially do well in the tournament.

Coach Fowles explained, “We have a young team. We like the competition and are working on the attitude of the wrestlers. We have been working on technique and aggression, and it’s been a good payoff.”

Fowls told how he prepared his wrestlers for the competition. “The wrestlers want to see the best, and want that competition. We are telling them to not be afraid and have fun.”

Gunnison Bulldogs notch win, beat Millard Eagles

 

By Benjamin Thornberg

 

02-06-2019

 

GUNNISON—After a tough stretch of losses, the Gunnison Valley boys’ basketball team got back in the win column against Millard, winning a close victory, 55-53.
Gunnison jumped out to an early lead on Millard, doubling up the Eagles 19-8 at the end of the first quarter. From there, the teams traded baskets through the second and third quarters before Millard mounted a frantic comeback attempt. But the comeback fell short, and the Bulldogs prevailed.
Parx Bartholomew, Jackson Hill and Garret Francis continued to show their leadership; Bartholomew scored 12 points; and Hill and Francis both chipped in with 11. Francis also helped with 11 rebounds.
With the playoffs approaching, the Bulldogs have two more chances to end on a good note. The Bulldogs will play two away games, with North Sevier on Feb. 6 and with Beaver on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.

Lady Badgers outlast USU Eastern, 73-63

 

By James Tilson

 

02-06-2019

 

EPHRAIM—Prevailing in a “gritty” game, the Snow College women’s basketball team outlasted Utah State University-Eastern 73-63 last Saturday.
The Lady Badgers relied on their balanced scoring and improved defense to pull away from the Lady Eagles in the second half.
“We have a very balanced scoring attack, which makes us a hard team to stop,” said Head Coach Mike Russell. “We can have anywhere from four to five scorers in the game at once, which allows us to really execute our stuff and get good shots.”
The first half of the game was very tight and neither team could assert an advantage. Snow had managed to manufacture a 37-33 lead at the break, but the Lady Eagles were not going away.
In the second half, the Lady Badgers really began to put the clamps down defensively, holding the Lady Eagles to 40 percent from the field and 24 percent from behind the arc, while their own 3-point shooting blossomed at a hot 50 percent.
Savannah Lucero led all scorers with 19 points, including 5-6 from three, and Lourdes Gonzalez put up a double-double, with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
With the win, Snow goes to 5-2 in the SWAC, only one game behind Salt Lake Community College at 6-2. There are three weeks left in the regular season, and the Lady Badgers are setting their sights on the No. 1 seed in the Region 18 Tournament at the end of the season.
“From my perspective, we still have a lot to fix on both ends of the floor before we can even begin to think about a No. 1 seed,” said Russell. “I do love the direction our team is trending though. I really believe that our best basketball is ahead of us.”
Snow will play Colorado Northwestern twice this week, once in Rangely, and then again on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Ephraim. However, the Lady Badgers suffered another season-ending injury during the victory. Gonzalez, who has become a “glue” player for the Lady Badgers, fractured her right hand with about two minutes left in the USU-E game. “We are going to have to have some people really step up in her absence, but I’m confident that we will be fine,” Russell said.

Lady Hawks fight for wins, but just miss against Rams, fall hard against Spartans

 

By Matt Harris

 

02-06-2019

 

MT. PLEASANT—North Sanpete girls’ basketball team drew ever so close to picking up their third region victory, but it wasn’t meant to be.
The Lady Hawks fell just short in an upset bid last week against South Sevier, 43-40 and then took a beating against undefeated and No.3 in the state Emery, 64-31.
“The girls played great defense throughout that game,” Head Coach Taylor Christensen said. “They were able to keep both [of] South Sevier’s leading scorers in check with under 10 apiece. They fought hard until the end. With a ten-point deficit with about five minutes to go in the fourth, our girls came out tough, believing they could go home with a win. We were able to get stops down the stretch and put the ball in the hoop on the other end. Unfortunately, things just didn’t go our way at the end, but I am extremely proud of the fight my team showed.”
Senior Tiffany Peckham led the Lady Hawks with 18 points, the largest point total of the season to be attained by a player not named Linzy Flinders. Senior Aubree Ison scored 10, while Flinders scored eight.
North Sanpete has had trouble winning games, but the stats have been showing positive signs in the latter half of the season, with the close effort against the Lady Rams being an indicator. “Each player on the team is gaining a belief in themselves, in their abilities, and in our team being able to win games and play with good teams,” Christensen said. “We haven’t gotten over the hump yet, but I believe it is coming for us.”
Getting over the hump will likely take a full offseason as North Sanpete sits at 3-16 overall and is sixth in region, but the Lady Hawks have nowhere to go but up.
North Sanpete finishes their season this week on the road against Richfield and cross-county rival Manti. The Manti game is Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.

Hawks drop games to South Sevier and Emery

 

By Matt Harris

 

02-06-2019

MT. PLEASANT—A two-game road trip against tough foes ended the way it has all season for North Sanpete boys’ basketball team.

The Hawks dropped both of their contests last week by wide margins, losing 75-41 to South Sevier and 85-63 to Emery. The losses maintained North Sanpete’s winless record in region play this year and extended their losing streak to 11 games, placing a four-game margin between them and sixth place Grand County.

South Sevier’s defensive prowess has showed all season, and the Rams had little difficulty shutting down the Hawks, holding every player to single-digits in scoring. Junior Scott Hatch, senior Alan Oldroyd, and sophomore Trevin Morley each scored 8 points to lead the Hawks.

Against Emery, Hatch had a stellar night, scoring 26 points. Nevertheless, Emery kept raining shots and outscored North Sanpete in every quarter.

The Hawks are being outscored in region play by an average of 21.4 points per game.

Next week, the Hawks complete their season with a two-game homestand against Richfield and Manti. The Manti rivalry will be this Friday at 7 p.m.

Lady Bulldogs fall to Lady Eagles 60-37

 

By Benjamin Thornberg

 

02-06-2019

 

GUNNISON—The Gunnison girls’ basketball team was defeated by the Millard Eagles last Tuesday, 60-37, failing to maintain the momentum from their recent win against Parowan.
Coming to the end of the season, the Lady Bulldogs have lost a lot of traction. During their game with Millard, Gunnison never really threatened and wound up losing by more than 20 points.
Jaida King led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points on the night, and Taryn Thompson grabbed 8 rebounds as well.
Sitting at 2-8 in Region 18, 9-10 overall, with two games left to play in the regular season, the Lady Bulldogs have a steep climb in the playoffs. However, they are still sitting above winless Parowan.
The Lady Bulldogs final two games will be at home against North Sevier on Feb. 5 and at home against Beaver on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.

Badger men shoot cold, then get hot

 

By James Tilson

 

01-30-2019

 

Snow’s Darrian Nebeker crashes the boards during the Badgers’ game against Salt Lake Community College last Saturday. The Badgers bombed the Bruins 108-88.

EPHRAIM—The Badgers had a real “Jekyll and Hyde” kind of week last week.

On Thursday, Snow’s men’s basketball team played the College of Southern Idaho, and for a while in the first half, the Badgers just could not buy a bucket. They wound up losing to CSI 91-71.

And then on Saturday, it seemed for a while they just could not miss. After the first half against the Salt Lake Community College Bruins, the Badgers had blasted the visitors nearly out of the gym, leading 55-27. The Badgers shot 60 percent from the field, 55 percent from 3-point land, and held the Bruins to only 24 percent. The final score of 108-88 did not reflect just how dominating a performance it was, as the Badgers let their foot off the gas late in the second half and played many bench players.

What a week.

After their second game against CSI this season, the Badgers have to think they are snake bit against that team. In the first game, the Badgers shot nearly as well as the Golden Eagles, but CSI had nearly twice as many foul shots as the Badgers. This time, when the Badgers traveled to Twin Falls, the rim seems smaller for the Badgers than for the Golden Eagles.

The Badgers hit their first 3-pointer to take a 3-0 lead. And then CSI reeled off 15 straight. By the end of the first half, Snow was only shooting 25 percent from the field, and was trailing 43-28. And it wasn’t as if the Badgers were taking bad shots, they just weren’t falling at all.

The Badgers fought back and cut the lead to only 7 in the second half, but could not sustain their momentum and eventually lost 91-71.

On Saturday, against a team that has given Snow fits for many years, the Badgers came out firing on all cylinders and quickly jumped on top of the Bruins. At first, it seemed the game would play out as many previous games had done, tight and back-and-forth. But then Jake Walker started to hit 3-point shot after 3-point shot. Seemingly inspired, Logan Hokanson started shooting 3s too. And then Brantzen Blackner joined in.

By the end of the first half, Walker had 9 points on 3-6 shooting from 3, Hokanson had 12 points with 2-4 from behind the arc, and Blackern was a perfect 3-3 with 10 points.

By the end of the game, Blackner led all scorers with 21 points, only missing once all night at 7-8. Hokanson was close behind with 20 points, on 7-10 from the field, and also passing out 7 assists, collecting 7 rebounds, getting 2 blocks, and he’s probably looking for a partridge in a pear tree somewhere.

Hokanson’s efforts were good enough to get him named Scenic West Athletic Conference Player of the Week, for the second time this season.

The win moves Snow into sole possession of second place in the SWAC at 4-2, a half-game behind USU-E. The Badgers play USU-E on Saturday at the Horne Activity Center, tip-off to start at 5 p.m.

 

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Formerly flawless Wasatch team goes 1-2 in Florida

 

By Matt Harris

 

01-30-2019

 

MONTVERDE, FLA—Playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation, it may not have been realistic to expect the Wasatch Academy boys’ basketball team to stay undefeated for much longer.

It may have been realistic, however, to expect that this year’s squad wouldn’t get completely embarrassed at any point in the season.

The word “expect” can be such a catalyst for disappointment.

The Tigers’ historic season hit a monumental snag last week at the prestigious Montverde Invitational as Wasatch went 1-2 in the tournament with crushing defeats against No. 19 Rancho Christian, Calif., 74-47, and unranked Vashon, Missouri, 70-58. The only glimmer in a cloudy outlook was the Tigers’ opening 85-65 tournament win against The Villages Charter, Fla.

Against The Villages, Wasatch spread out the court as junior Mady Sissoko dominated the post with 19 points and 13 boards, while junior Mike Saunders scored 16 points with nine assists. Seniors Tre Williams and Tristan Enaruna and junior Leonardo Colimiero each scored in double figures as well with 15, 14, and 10 points, respectively.

Rancho Christian dominated the Tigers from wire to wire as the typically potent Wasatch Academy offense couldn’t buy a bucket all game long. Utah native Richie Saunders led the Tigers in scoring with 12 point while Enaruna chipped in 10, but overall, Wasatch Academy shot 29 percent from the field.

Vashon proved to be a tougher test than they should have been as they feasted on the Tigers a day removed from their first loss of the season. Wasatch Academy held a four-point lead after the first quarter, but their lead evaporated quickly, replaced by a deficit that grew with each quarter as the Wolverines handed the Tigers an unexpected second straight loss.

Even in a losing effort where Wasatch Academy, once again, could not figure out how to shoot, Sissoko counterbalanced the Tigers 39 percent shooting performance with a monster day in the post to the tune of 24 points and 18 rebounds, including 13 offensive boards.

After being ranked in the top 10 of the Maxpreps Xcellent 25 nearly all season, the Tigers fell completely out of the rankings last Monday in the new poll. However, USA Today only dropped the Tigers from No. 4 to No. 12.

Wasatch Academy will have a short bit of needed time to regroup and take on a struggling 4-12 squad from Mercersburg, Pa., this Thursday at the start of the also-prestigious Bob Kirk Invitational. And then, ready or not, they will continue the Invitational with a matchup against No. 1 La Lumiere, Ind., on Friday. Their Saturday game of the tournament is TBA.

Lady Templars fight hard, but lose big against San Juan, lose close match against Grand

 

By Matt Harris

 

01-30-2019

 

Senior guard for Manti, Ashton Wood drives the ball under the basket during the Templars’ loss to Richfield.

MANTI—The Lady Templars struggled mightily last week and extended their region losing streak to seven games.

The Manti girls’ basketball team surrendered to Richfield, 58-27; they fell under the San Juan steamroller in a 77-36 loss; and nearly completed a comeback against last-place Grand County, 50-48, but lost that game as well.

“Every season has its up and downs,” Head Coach Brennon Schweikart said. “Our biggest issue is that we do not put together a full game. We will have lapses that you can’t have, especially in region play.”

Although the Lady Templars never had much of a chance against San Juan, a pleasant silver lining came for Manti as sophomore Taylor Chidester led the team with 12 points, including three 3-pointers, the first double-digit game of Chidester’s career in a Templar uniform.

“Although our wins and losses don’t show it,” Schweikart said, “our team is improving, and we are heading in the right direction as a program. We are the youngest team in our region by a lot, so it is great experience that our girls are getting. Sometimes you learn more by losing than you do by winning.”

When the Lady Templars went to pay Grand County a visit, it came as a bit of a shock to see the Lady Devils play better than usual as they shelled Manti for the entire first half and led by 16 points at halftime. Grand also benefitted from a favorable whistle, earning 32 free throw attempts for the game.

Manti mounted a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring Grand 24-7 and made it a one-point game, 49-48 in the final minutes. The Templars had a chance to even score or take a lead with free throws in the final minute, but the buckets wouldn’t fall. Grand pushed the lead to two points within seconds of the final buzzer, and when Manti’s 3-point prayer hit the side of the backboard, their fate was sealed.

“We didn’t come to play in the first half and the score showed that,” Schweikart said. “We dug ourselves a very large hole. By the time we started to play Manti basketball where we forced turnovers and started hitting our shots, we were down 18 going into the fourth quarter. It was a great opportunity for our team to comeback and [they] showed a lot of fight.”

The Lady Templars face undefeated Emery on Jan. 29 and take on South Sevier at home Feb. 5.

Manti’s Travis Thomson aims and shoots in their game against Grand County last week. Manti defeated Grand, 82-68.

Hot Templars sink three solid wins, two at home

 

By Matt Harris

 

01-30-2019

 

MANTI—The Templars are proving this week that there really is “no place like home.”

The Manti boys’ basketball team changed their fortunes in the Region 15 race after rattling off three straight wins last week against Richfield, 55-48, San Juan, 77-73, and Grand, 82-68, with their last two coming at home.

“In the second round of region we have been able to make some adjustments defensively as we see teams a second time,” Head Coach Devin Shakespear said.

The defensive effort is making a difference on the scoreboard as the pace of play looks as if they changed their armor. In the first four games of region play, Manti started 1-3, playing three of four on the road, and allowed an average of 77.5 points per game defensively.

During their current five-game winning streak, the Templars are holding opponents to 60.4 points per game, while their own offensive prowess has only fallen from 75.5 points per game to 70.6 points per game. Only San Juan has scored more than 70 points against Manti on their current streak.

The Templars snuffed out Richfield on their own court in a defensive slugfest, taking revenge on the Wildcats, who ended their nine-game winning streak to open the season. Senior Adam Huff led with 14 points, while junior Connor Christiansen had a rare double-digit night with 10.

Round two against the surprising San Juan Broncos did not disappoint.

The game stayed neck and neck in every minute, fueled by San Juan’s fast pace and Manti’s shooting. San Juan pushed a lead out to 49-41 midway through the third quarter when Bronco senior Seth Pugh nailed a 3-pointer on an offensive rebound. Senior Mason Thompson answered the call with a layup and a foul. The Templars then began to clamp down with full-court defense, and Kevin Clark made it a 4-point game, 49-45.

The Broncos pushed the lead out again, 54-47, but sophomore Grady Thompson went to work. As Manti started to take control in the post on offense, Grady became the go-to scorer down below.

Manti forced what seemed like countless turnovers in the last four minutes of the third quarter and went on an 8-0 run to take a 55-54 lead into the fourth.

San Juan regained the lead for much of the fourth quarter, leading 69-67 with under two minutes remaining when Grady found Travis Thomson on a pick-n-roll for a layup and foul. Thomson sank the free throw to take a 70-69 lead with just under a minute left. Thomson extended the lead to three with a fast break on the Templars’ next possession, and Grady spun off a defender in the post in the next possession to push the lead to five, virtually sealing the win.

Grady finished his spectacular night with a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds. Huff scored 14 while Thomson scored 11, including four points in the final minute.

“I would like…to focus on our unselfishness and ability that different guys can have great nights because of our ability to pass first,” Shakespear said. “Grady was special that night but often as a byproduct of a team who helps guys play their best.”

Manti averages, by Shakespear’s data, 17.1 assists per game. This stat becomes even more impressive when you consider most collegiate teams play eight minutes more regulation time and barely keep up with that number.

The Templars followed up the Friday’s victory with a dominant performance against Grand last Saturday in which they led 24-5 after the first quarter and cruised to victory. Mason Thompson lit the nets on fire with six 3’s en route to 20 points, while Huff scored 16, junior Kevin Clark scored 15, and Grady added 13.

The Templars face Emery at home on Jan. 30, completing a three-game region homestand before taking a break from Region 15 to host what should be an intriguing matchup against independent American Heritage, Feb. 1 at home.

Lady Bulldogs building into good mid-season rhythm

 

By Benjamin Thornberg

 

01-30-2019

 

GUNNISON—After a crushing loss to Kanab, 66-28, the Gunnison Valley girls’ basketball team turned their luck around by beating Parowan, 57-39.

The Lady Bulldogs were able to pull away to an 18-point lead, thanks to efficient scoring in the final quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs were region favorites after their early season games. However, their early region games became a challenge, with gaps between their wins. But with their second time around the region, Gunnison has found a rhythm that works for them.

The Lady Bulldogs suffered a hard defeat against the Kanab Cowboys. The 20-point halftime Kanab lead put the Lady Bulldogs in the hole. After halftime, the Cowboys didn’t make it any easier for the Bulldogs, scoring another 20-points in the third quarter. Gunnison only managed 2 points in the final quarter. Kanab soared to a 33-point lead, leaving Gunnison with one of their worst defeats of the season.

The Lady Bulldogs made a big comeback against the Rams. The two teams were nearly neck and neck when half-time ended. The Bulldogs came out on top by playing excellent offense in the final quarters.

Two Bulldogs, Taryn Thompson and Jaida King, scored 23 points combined to lead Gunnison to a much needed victory over the Rams. The Bulldog’s out-rebounded Parowan, and efficiently used each offensive possession.

The Lady Bulldogs played Millard on Tuesday, Jan. 29. They will face North Sevier next Tuesday, and then Beaver on Thursday.

Gunnison Valley’s Janzen Keisel goes up for the shot against Parowan last week in a Region 18 matchup. The Bulldogs fell to Parowan, 57-53.

Gunnison Bulldogs fighting continued losses in season

 

By Benjamin Thornberg

 

01-30-2019

 

GUNNISON—The Gunnison Valley boys’ basketball team has dragged in the mud with their recent chain of losses. The Bulldogs lost their two games last week against Kanab on Wednesday, 68-54 then to Parowan on Friday, 57-53.

Gunnison had a fresh start in the early season, winning their first four games. The Bulldogs relied on their 3-point shooting and leadership from Parx Bartholomew and Jackson Hill.

In region play, the Bulldogs have hit a snag of losses. The team has suffered several injuries, including star players Bartholomew and Hill. The loss of leadership has impacted their efficiency and shooting ability. The two players have gotten back on the court, but due to their lingering injuries, they have caused the team to lose synch; and the Bulldogs are finding it difficult to compete with their region rivals.

In the game with Kanab, the Cowboys shot out to a 22-point lead in the second quarter. Kanab used its lead to maintain a buffer, and the Bulldogs struggled to catch up, with Kanab winning, 68-54. Kanab’s stingy defense earned them 18 rebounds that put Gunnison in the hole. Janzen Keisel and Parx Bartholomew combined to score 28 points for the Bulldogs.

Gunnison fell behind early when they played Parowan. The Rams jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, 21-11. Gunnison mounted a comeback attempt, out-scoring Parowan in the second and fourth quarters. But Parowan’s defense kept Gunnison at bay, giving the Rams more scoring opportunities. During second half, Gunnison’s comeback was thwarted by a bunch of free-throws by Parowan, and unsuccessful 3-point shots by Gunnison.

The game ended 57-53, with the Bulldogs just out of reach of the much needed win. Parx Bartholomew along with Garret Francis scored 9 points, and Jackson Hill scored 12.

With three remaining games ahead for Gunnison before the playoffs, they have just a few opportunities to end on a good note. They faced Millard Wednesday (after time of press), and will go on two away games at North Sevier and at Beaver next week.

Lady Hawks suffer three losses last week, coach says ‘They just wouldn’t fall for us”

 

By Matt Harris

 

01-30-2019

 

MT. PLEASANT—The North Sanpete Lady Hawks did everything right, except put the ball through the hoop in their three losses last week.

“We couldn’t find the bottom of the net all week,” Head Coach Taylor Christensen said, as the Lady Hawks lost all three of their games against Wasatch Academy, 35-31, Grand County, 42-33, and San Juan, 50-34. “We had a lot of great looks and they just wouldn’t fall for us, which I can live with. Those shots will fall at some point, and when they do, we could go on a run of our own.”

North Sanpete stood stalwart against a Wasatch Academy team standing among the best in 2A, leading by three points at halftime, 18-15, but a second half push by the Lady Tigers secured the win.

The Lady Hawks led the Lady Devils 10-2 after the first quarter of their game against Grand and 19-15 at halftime. North Sanpete kept the lead slimly and looked to hold a two-point advantage going into the fourth, but Grand’s guard heaved a full-court shot at the buzzer that bafflingly found the net for a 28-27 lead. The Lady Devils outscored North Sanpete, 14-6, in the fourth quarter to run away with the victory that ended up being Grand’s first region win of the season.

“I wasn’t happy with the way we came out for this game,” Christensen said, “but [the team] fought hard and gave us a chance to win. Again, we just couldn’t hit shots, but I am proud that they put themselves in a place to win with their defense.”

As one of the 3As best squads, San Juan was expected to blow out the Lady Hawks like they did earlier in the season, but stellar defense kept North Sanpete in the game as the score was a mere six-point difference after three quarters. In the fourth, San Juan turned the heat up on the Lady Hawks’ offense and held them to a two-point quarter and closed out the win on a 14-2 run.

“We did have a great week last week,” Christensen said. “Unfortunately, the scores didn’t turn out like we had hoped. Defensively, I think the girls are coming along really well. We have a lot of length, and along with that length, the girls are athletic enough to defend quick guards if asked to.”

Senior Linzy Flinders scored 11 points against the Lady Broncos to go with a 10-point night earlier against Wasatch Academy. Though the Lady Hawks perennially struggle on offense, Flinders is just outside the top 10 for scoring in 3A girls’ hoops with 12.5 points per game this season.

North Sanpete hosts Emery on Thursday night. Emery is undefeated and has not won a single region game by less than 13 points. The Lady Hawks will then face Richfield on Feb. 5.

Hawks lose to Grand and San Juan, record now 4-13 overall, 0-8 in region play

 

By Matt Harris

 

01-30-2019

MT. PLEASANT—With only four games left in region play, the North Sanpete boys’ basketball team is standing out in the crowded Region 15 shark tank.

If only that were a good thing.

Last week, the Hawks’ woeful season sunk even lower as North Sanpete dropped contests against Grand County, 81-54, and San Juan, 85-69, and pushed their losing streak to nine games with a 0-8 region mark. The Hawks now sport a 4-13 record.

The last time the Hawks played Grand, they had a halftime lead and looked poised to capture a victory before the Red Devils came back and won it. Grand certainly wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice, rolling over North Sanpete in the first half and outscoring them by 15 in the final quarter.

Against San Juan, North Sanpete hung with the Broncos for three quarters. Though San Juan sported a six-point lead at halftime, the Hawks made it all up in the third to tie the game at 57 apiece.

It all unraveled for the Hawks in the fourth as their shots began to hit iron to close out the game, while the Broncos heated up from the outside to put it away, outscoring North Sanpete 28-12 in the final frame.

Junior Scott Hatch led the Hawks with a valiant performance, notching a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds to go with the 10 points he led the Hawks with against Grand. Senior Jamal Mayoul chipped in 11 while senior Alan Oldroyd put in 12.

North Sanpete goes on a two-game road trip to face South Sevier on Jan. 30 and Emery on Feb. 1.