Lady Hawks drop first New Year’s game to Stallions, 47-38
CEDAR CITY—The Lady Hawks are reeling after a hard outing in Cedar City to finish 2016, followed by a home loss to Stansbury to begin the new year.
North Sanpete lost every game of the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic by double digits, including a 40-point loss to Grantsville, and lost to Stansbury, 47-38, to extend their losing streak to six games. Once standing at 4-3, the Lady Hawks are now 4-9 on the season and struggling to produce more than 30 points per game.
Over the last month, everything that could go wrong did. Multiple injuries sidelined top players for the Lady Hawks in bunches at a time.
“We are starting games really strong defensively and struggling on offense,” head coach Randi Griffith said. “Instead of letting our defense fuel us, we are allowing our offense to drag us down. We are capable of more, and if we can figure it out and put it together, we can have success this season.”
In the three games of the Classic, North Sanpete faced Snow Canyon, Pine View, and Grantsville, losing 40-28, 34-22, and 62-22, respectively. In the nightmare campaign, only six Hawks scored at all. Rylee Tapia and Lexie Olsen both had double digit games, 11 points apiece, against Grantsville and Snow Canyon, respectively.
North Sanpete stood far more of a chance against visiting Stansbury last Tuesday, Jan. 3. While keeping pace with the Lady Stallions for most of the game, a rough start had the Lady Hawks behind from the beginning, down 11-3 at the end of the first quarter. Tapia once again contributed 11 points, while Aubree Ison chipped in another 10.
The Hawks have now played their seventh straight game without leading senior Angela Clayton, who was sidelined with an arm injury against Delta. In that span, the Lady Hawks are 1-6. Griffith reports that the team is waiting on MRI results to determine Clayton’s ability to play.
North Sanpete began region play against Carbon this week and will travel to play Richfield tonight at 7 p.m.
“We have had a lot of bumps in the road this season, but none of that matters anymore as long as we learn from it and come ready every night to play in region,” Griffith said. “We have a very tough region, but we can compete with anyone if we defend and play with confidence.”