The Region 13 opener is just a week away for the Grantsville girls basketball team, and the Cowboys are starting to find their stride at just the right time.
Grantsville’s winning streak reached five games with three victories at the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic last week in Cedar City. Following a convincing 22-point victory over Class 4A Canyon View on Dec. 28, Grantsville went on to defeat fellow Class 3A foe San Juan and Class 4A Hurricane to improve its record to 8-2, tied for the most victories of any Class 3A squad so far this season.
Tooele (3-5) went 1-2 in the tournament, suffering a pair of heartbreaking close losses to Cedar City and Canyon View after winning its opener against American Heritage. Stansbury (3-6) also went 1-2, winning a close game against Dixie on Wednesday after losses to Cedar City and Hurricane in the Stallions’ first two outings.
Grantsville 59, San Juan 43
Grantsville outscored San Juan 32-12 in the first half and stretched the lead to 24 points through three quarters in a comfortable win over the Broncos at Cedar High School.
Maison White had 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals for the Cowboys, and Kenzie Allen added 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and seven steals. Emily Backus had 12 points and four steals and Maddie Martin had seven points and four rebounds.
Chloe Butler had four points and six rebounds, Ellie Thomas had two points and five assists and Emily Ware had four points. Hillary Cloward had four rebounds and four assists for Grantsville.
Quiana Dishface had 16 points and Emilie Palmer added 12 for San Juan.
Hurricane 36, Stansbury 32
The Stallions were within one point going into the fourth quarter, but were unable to complete the comeback in a close loss to the Tigers.
Epa Tia had 15 points, 11 rebounds and three steals to lead Stansbury, while Malia Tia had six points and 10 rebounds and Ainsley Thurber had six points, three assists and a block. Natalie Ogden and Sarah Gatluak had two points each and Brooke Jensen added one.
Haley Chesley had 12 points for Hurricane.
Cedar City 35, Tooele 33
The Buffaloes outscored the Reds 16-8 in the fourth quarter at Cedar High School, nearly equaling their output from the first three quarters combined, but Cedar held on for the win despite scoring just 11 points in the second half.
Emma Higley led the Buffs with 12 points. Aysha Lewis had eight points, Breanna Beer had six, Mercedes McKinley had four and Madi Baker added three.
McKell Kearns led the Reds with 15 points.
Grantsville 43, Hurricane 40
The Cowboys led by nine points at halftime and had to hold off the Tigers in the second half at Cedar High School.
Grantsville struggled from the free-throw line, hitting just 10-of-22 (45.5%) in the contest as the Cowboys couldn’t pull away. White had 13 points and 15 rebounds in the win, while Thomas and Backus each had 10 points. Allen had four points, seven rebounds and five assists and Butler added three points and five rebounds. Zoey Cloward had two points and Martin had one point and six rebounds.
Chesley was the lone Hurricane player in double-figures with 12 points.
Grantsville will play host to Mountain Crest in a non-region game Thursday.
Stansbury 31, Dixie 30
Epa Tia went off for 21 points, including a stellar 15-of-16 effort from the free-throw line, to lead the Stallions to the narrow win over the Flyers at Canyon View High School. She also had seven rebounds and picked off two steals.
Gatluak had six points and Thurber had four points, seven rebounds, four steals and a block.
Stansbury played Tooele on the road in both teams’ Region 10 opener Tuesday after press time. The Stallions will play host to Ben Lomond on Thursday.
Canyon View 45, Tooele 41, 2OT
The Buffs held a three-point lead entering the final quarter, but the Falcons rallied to force two extra periods before eventually prevailing at Canyon View High School.
Lewis hit two 3-pointers as part of an 18-point outing, while Baker also hit two 3s and scored nine points. Hagley had six points, Beer had four and Rylie Hogan scored two.
Addison Newman had 19 points and Harlee Nicoll added 13 for the Falcons.
Tooele played host to Stansbury on Tuesday night after press time. The Buffaloes will travel to Ogden for a Region 10 road game on Thursday.