Grantsville expected to have a special season during the 2004-05 girls basketball campaign.
The Cowgirls returned a number of three and four-year starters and sported the scoring balance, speed and athleticism to compete with anyone.
Grantsville needed all of its depth, variety and quickness to register a tough road 49-41 road victory over fifth-ranked Wasatch Saturday at Heber City.
A swarming Cowgirl defense forced the Lady Wasps into 19 turnovers and a poor shooting night and the tandem of Emmi Nelson and Shalane Titmus combined for 32 of the team’s 49 points on the night. Nelson led all scorers in the contest with 18 points and Titmus fired in 14. Jordan Chaney overcame foul trouble to produce six huge points in the final frame and help Grantsville stem a Wasatch comeback bid and advance to the Class 3A State girls basketball tournament this week at the E-Center in West Valley City.
Shanna Woodruff was the lone double figure performer for the hosts with 10 points and Chelsey Mecham pumped in nine. Stevie North also contributed seven for the Lady Wasps as well.
The victory vaults the Cowgirls into the doubleelimination portion and quarterfinals of the Class 3A State Girls Basketball tournament. Grantsville tangles with Canyon View Thursday at 7:30 p.m.. Grantsville ventured to Heber City Saturday due to finishing as a third seed in Region 11 and met the higher seeded and ranked Wasatch squad in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Cowgirls now sport a glossy 16-6 overall on the season.
Grantsville Coach Butch Boegler said his team showed the poise and character to beat a talented Wasatch team on the road.
“It was just like I thought it would be,” he stated.
“They are very well coached and have a proud tradition. So we had to play our “A” game and we did. The third quarter was huge for us. The reason why we played so well in the third quarter was our energy level. I felt like Shalane made a couple of huge hustle plays that result in baskets that led to the momentum that carried us into the fourth quarter and allowed us to win. Rachael (Anderson) played her best game of her career and really came up huge.
“She shut down their leading scorer (Woodruff) and really frustrated her all night,” he added. “They took us out of the our half court offense in the first quarter and we just weren’t aggressive and we were in foul trouble and a little bit timid. In the secondhalf, we pinned our ears back and got after them and got us out to a nice lead. I was concerned about our free throw shooting a little bit which kept them in the game. But the energy level of the girls kept our lead and we showed poise down the stretch to win a tough ball game in a tough environment.”
A story on the game will be published in a future edition.
Grantsville 63 – Ben Lomond 23
The Cowgirls raced to a decisive 19-4 lead and cruised to an easy league victory over the Lady Scots Feb. 3 at Grantsville.
Emmi Nelson poured in six points and Shalane Titmus hit for five to trigger the Cowgirls first frame explosion and help stake the hosts to a 15-point cushion after eight minutes had expired. Jordan Chaney also netted a pair of field goals while Sara Reed and Rachael Anderson chipped in with a basket each.
Ben Lomond could only muster a basket each from Sarah George and Shelby Moreno.
Grantsville tacked on a 19-6 outburst in the second stanza to seize a whopping 38-10 intermission advantage. Titmus ripped the cords for seven points and Nelson fired in six more. Chaney also provided two more baskets and Brooke Bunderson buried a pair of charity tosses to aid the effort.
Moreno flipped in a 3-point bomb and Kara Gardiner chipped in with a pair of charity tosses as well. George also canned a free throw for the Lady Scots.
The hosts extended the lead with an 11-8 assault in the third quarter to take an insurmountable 49-18 edge into the fourth period. Titmus paved the way with four points and Bunderson netted three. Chaney and Nelson also provided a field goal each to build a whopping 31-point lead with eight minutes remaining in the affair.
Alyse Rochelle paved the way for Ben Lomond in the stanza with four points while Heather Lovelady and Shannon Allred contributed a basket each.