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Wasatch ladies polish off Gunnison Bulldogs in 93-40 season opener

Junior Kysha Barbel went hard to the hoop on this drive against the Gunnison Bulldogs defense in the second quarter last Tuesday. The game was every bit in the Lady Tigers’ favor in a 93-40 domination. - Matt Harris / Messenger photo
Junior Kysha Barbel went hard to the hoop on this drive against the Gunnison Bulldogs defense in the second quarter last Tuesday. The game was every bit in the Lady Tigers’ favor in a 93-40 domination. – Matt Harris / Messenger photo
Wasatch ladies polish off Gunnison Bulldogs in 93-40 season opener

 

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

12-8-2016

 

MT. PLEASANT—The Wasatch Academy girls’ basketball team began their season on Tuesday, Nov. 29, by hosting and roasting Gunnison Valley in a cross-county matchup, winning 93-40.

The Lady Tigers, who finished 10-5 in 2015 for their first winning season since 2009, made a great start to the 2016 season with the dominating win. They were led by junior guard Vanessa Medina, who lit up the court by hitting five three-pointers in a 21-point performance.            Junior Kysha Barbel was the best of a great supporting cast with three three-pointers and 15 points. Of the eight players to take the court for Wasatch, six players scored in double figures.

The game was never in doubt from the get-go, as the Tigers led the Lady Bulldogs by 30 points at the end of the first quarter. Wasatch poured it on all first half, scoring 66 points by halftime.

Despite the Tiger downpour, Gunnison, who were down 60-8 at one point, put forth a solid run to close out the first half, outscoring 14-6 in the final minutes.

Despite the blowout loss, the Bulldogs spread the scoring around to nine different players. Sophomore Paige King led the Bulldogs with nine points, six rebounds, an assist and two steals. Sophomore Kezzley Winn also had eight points for the Bulldogs, with another four rebounds. Sophomore Taryn Thompson led the team in rebounding with nine.

The win for Wasatch was the first time the Lady Tigers have won their season opener since 2009 when they started their season 3-1.

Tuesday and yesterday, Wasatch played Providence Hall and Green River, respectively, at home (scores unavailable).

The Lady Tigers will travel tomorrow to face Grantsville at 6 p.m. Grantsville stomped Wasatch last season, 61-38, and is 3-0 so far on the season.