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Lady Bulldogs drop matches against Kanab and San Juan

Lady Bulldogs drop matches against Kanab and San Juan

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

12-15-2016

 

KANAB—The Gunnison Lady Bulldogs struggled to make much of a statement in the Kanab Cowgirl Classic last weekend after showing up against Waterford the day prior.

Gunnison lost both of their games in the Kanab Cowgirl Classic to hosts Kanab and San Juan by scores of 54-26 and 55-45, respectively. The losses highlighted Gunnison’s struggles on offense. The Lady Bulldogs only average 39.8 points per game.

Often, defense has kept Gunnison in games, which it did against Waterford last Thursday in a 35-32 victory. The Lady Bulldogs held a 28-14 advantage at the end of the first half and held Waterford to only two points in the second quarter. Although Waterford rallied furiously throughout the second half, Gunnison held on to preserve the narrow win.

Whatever momentum the win against Waterford carried for Gunnison was quickly dashed by the Kanab Cowgirls, who led 32-8 at halftime. Cowgirls sophomore Sidney McDonald scored 13 points and dished out six assists to fuel a well-rounded offensive effort that got all of Kanab’s team involved. The Lady Bulldogs were led by seven points from sophomore Tayler Brackett. Jaida King was held to four points on the night.

Things slowly improved when the Lady Bulldogs faced San Juan the next day, but victory eluded them once again. King regained form, leading all scorers with 13 points, while Paige King added another 10. While Gunnison played a consistent game from start to finish, they had no way to come back from a defensive breakdown in the second quarter that surrendered 24 points to the Broncos. Once again, the Lady Bulldogs were beaten by a solid team scoring effort in San Juan.

Coming up, the Lady Bulldogs played a home game in Millard last Tuesday, and they are hosting an intercounty matchup against North Sanpete tonight at 7 p.m. The 3A-2A Preview at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield will be this weekend. Gunnison will face Enterprise tomorrow at 10 a.m. and South Sevier on Saturday at 9 a.m.