Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 6, 2022
Cowboys girls firing on all cylinders early on

With only four games under their belts, the Grantsville High girls basketball team appears to already be in mid-season form. Boasting a 4-0 record, the team has been outperforming each opponent to the tune of a 20-point average margin of victory.

But the team isn’t taking the early success for granted.

“The girls are taking it day-by-day,” Vera said. “Our main focus is working and preparing (for each game).”

During its game last Tuesday against Draper APA, Grantsville struggled with shot selection and Draper was able to remain within striking distance throughout the first half. Cowboys head coach Megan Vera acknowledged the need for her team to take higher percentage shots to put points on the board more consistently.

“It’s been an area of concern, (but) I feel like the girls adjusted and (got) to the rim much better,” Vera said.

In the win, senior Mckenzie Allen put up 18 points and four assists for the Cowboys, while sophomore Avery Allred recorded 11 points and five assists. On the defensive end, senior Ellie Thomas pulled down nine boards and five steals, with Allen stripping the ball away 11 times to complete the double double.

In the second half, after taking a 25-20 lead into the locker room, the Cowboys began pulling away and outscored Draper 28-19 to come away with a 52-39 victory. 

The team’s next game was markedly different, as the visiting Hunter High Wolverines never had a chance.

Following a 46-10 first half, the Cowboys continued to pile on the points and finished the Wolverines off by the score of 66-24. With the decisive victory, Vera said her team came out of the gate ready to roll.

“One of our biggest strengths is our speed,” she said. “We get to the rim (fast) and look to get those shots in (early).”

Four Grantsville players scored in double figures in the win over Hunter High, with Maile Bartley and Allred putting up 14 points apiece. 

Grantsville faced off against Carbon High School on Tuesday night and will return home on Thursday for a meeting with the Juab Wasps. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.


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