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Lady Bulldogs lose to Millard then beat Parowan 43-29

Lady Bulldogs lose to Millard then beat Parowan 43-29

 

By Benjamin Thornberg

 

01-17-2019

 

Lady Bulldog, No. 11, Kezzley Winn makes a shot in the second quarter during the team’s home victory against Parowan on Thursday, Jan. 10.

GUNNISON—The Gunnison Valley girls’ basketball team lost to Millard 54-42 last week on Tuesday, then pulled out a win against Parowan 43-29 two days later.

“We are still playing hard and well,” said Bulldog Coach Melissa Sorensen when asked how the season was going for her team. “We still have not yet been able to breakthrough in our tough region, but we are getting closer.”

Gunnison managed to keep mostly on pace with the Eagles for the duration of the game; however, Millard made a strong play in the final quarter and outscored the Bulldogs by 9 points.

Notable performances were Kezzley Winn and Jaida King, the former scoring 15 and the latter scoring 18, with 4 three-point shots. The Eagles controlled the rebounds, which was a contributing factor in their victory. Melissa also stated: “We know that having tough games each night in our region is great preparation for the state tournament.”

The Bulldogs picked themselves up after that loss and beat the Parowan Rams, led by Jaida King with 13 points and Taryn Thompson with 10 points. Gunnison gained a lot of control with their offensive and defensive rebounds; and made hoop after hoop.

Having tough competition in their region has given the Lady Bulldogs good experience. “The goal is to get to that first play-in game and advance to the eight team tournament, where anything can happen,” Melissa said. “The players are improving and the coaching staff has complete confidence in them.” With the jumpstart that Gunnison had this season, it certainly seems that way.

Gunnison will be playing two home games with Enterprise today at 7 p.m. and Kanab on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.