Returning to their home court determined to end a three-game skid, the Grantsville Cowboys boys basketball team played hosts to the Ben Lomond Scots last Wednesday.
With a record at 11-4, the Cowboys had a chance to prove that the three previous losses were a blip on the radar as the team entered the second half of the 2022-23 season. The match against Ben Lomond also marked the start of regional play for Grantsville, which added an additional layer of importance to the outcome.
Early on, both teams struggled to string together any consistent offense, as unforced errors plagued the Scots and gave the Cowboys ample opportunities to capitalize. Unfortunately for Grantsville, the scoring chances off turnovers didn’t quite manifest themselves in a significant way as three-point shooting proved problematic for the home team.
After a close, low-scoring first quarter, the Cowboys squeaked out an 8-7 lead heading into the second. Much like the first eight minutes, Grantsville continued to struggle from behind the arc, going 1-for-10 in three-point attempts in the first half.
Ben Lomond didn’t fare much better, and despite the Cowboys’ inability to hit the triple, the visitors fell behind 21-14 as the first half expired. One silver lining for the Scots was a late-quarter scoring run to cut into Grantsville’s offensive pressure.
At the start of the third quarter, the Cowboys pounced on the Scots during their early struggles. Going on an 11-5 run enabled Grantsville to pull away and head into the last quarter with a 41-26 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Ben Lomond found itself unable to get over the hump to tie the game with Grantsville, despite a push to climb back into the game. The Cowboys held on to win the game 52-38 and earned their 11h win of the season. After a Jan. 13 win over Morgan High, the Cowboys now hold a 12-4 win-loss record.
Up next for Grantsville is a Jan. 18 matchup against Ogden High School. The team returns home on Jan. 20, when they face the South Summit Wildcats. Both games start at 7 p.m.