Grantsville had a really jittery night in the Class 3A girls basketball state opener against Canyon View.
But one day later, the Cowgirls were determined to prove they belonged in the elite and prestigious tournament and went out and did just that.
The Cowgirls had blood in their eyes and eliminated Judge Memorial with complete and thorough domination. Grantsville outscored its foe in all four frames and registered a decisive 58-38 triumph over Judge Memorial to oust the Lady Bulldogs from the state tournament Feb. 25 at the ECenter in West Valley City.
Shalane Titmus, Emmi Nelson and Jordan Chaney combined for 49 points and a smothering, pressuring full court defense vaulted the Cowgirls to a victory. Titmus pumped in a game high 17 while Chaney and Nelson fired in 16 each to spearhead the Cowgirls to a lopsided victory and eliminate the Lady Bulldogs.
Danielle Griffin recorded a team high 15 for Judge Memorial and Tricia Ault hit for eight.
The victory not only enabled Grantsville to live to play another day, it pushed the Cowgirls into the final day of competition and into a place among the Class 3A’s elite six. And Grantsville nearly pulled off another hard fought triumph on Saturday as well.
Unfortunately, Delta captured a tough 32-30 victory over the Cowgirls in the fifth-sixth place game. Monica Christensen poured in 11 and Karilynne Corey flipped in nine to lead the Rabbits to the slim win. Shaylee Nielson also hit for five.
Emmi Nelson led the way for the Cowgirls with 10 points while Chaney and Titmus logged six points each. Brooke Bunderson and Rachael Anderson netted four each as well.
Regardless of the setback, Grantsville still finished the 2004-05 girls hoop campaign with a stellar 17-8 record for the season and a place at state.
Grantsville Coach Butch Boegler said his team wasn’t about to fall short in the game against Judge Memorial.
“All year we were out to prove we belonged in the top of the 3A and we were determined to prove that against Judge,” he noted. “I don’t think it would have mattered what Judge did because our kids were determined and talented and ready to prove they were better than them. We were also motivated because Judge knocked Bear River out and we felt like we let one slip away (at Bear River) and we felt a little vindication was needed there as well.
“Never before has a team tried to press us where Shalane, Sara and Emmi could all break the press with equal efficiency,” he added. “And I thought Jordan on the offensive end totally outplayed all of their post players and played one of the best games of her career. Rachael (Anderson) and Sara’s (Reed) tenacity and defensive effort enabled the other three to work hard on the offensive end and it balanced out. I felt like Brooke (Bunderson), Alexa (Bakker) and Jerica (Dahlberg) and Sara (Hicks) all played well and contributed to the victory. It was a total team win.”
Grant. 58 – J. Mem. 38
The Cowgirls outscored the Lady Bulldogs in all four frames and coasted to a decisive state tournament triumph Feb. 25 at the E-Center in West Valley City.
Jordan Chaney came out strong to ignite the Grantsville attack early with a pair of field goals and Emmi Nelson canned a free throw as well to stake the Cowgirls to a slim 5-4 lead after one period expired.
Judge Memorial could only muster a basket each from Tricia Ault and Rachel Piggot to keep the contest a one-point affair after eight minutes had expired in the contest.
Chaney popped the nets for a 3-point bomb in the second stanza to open the scoring for GHS in the period while Judge Memorial countered with three points from Danielle Griffiin, a basket by Danielle Valdez and a charity toss by Nichole Garcia to take a slim 10-8 cushion.
Nelson buried a free throw and Chaney followed with a field goal to give Grantsville back a slim 11-10 edge.
Griffin answered with a fivefoot jumper and free throw, but Shalane Titmus and Nelson hit back-to-back layups to give the Cowgirls a 15-13 advantage with 2:00 left in the first-half.
Cleresa Roberts canned one of two free throws and Griffin contributed a field goal to give the Lady Bulldogs back a 16-15 lead in the see-saw affair.
But Nelson fired in a 12-foot jumper and Reed hit Titmus on a perfect pass for a layup just before the halftime horn and Grantsville relished a 19-16 intermission lead at the halftime break.
Rachael Anderson opened the third quarter with a pair of free throws and Chaney hit a layup to ignite the Cowgirls attack once again and extend the margin to 23-16.
Ault buried a pair of free throws to stem the Cowgirl attack temporarily, but Titmus triggered another pivotal Grantsville run with a huge 3- point bomb and Chaney hit one of two free throws to aid the effort and extend the lead to 27-19.
Griffin thwarted the Grantsville outburst with a 3- point shot, but Nelson answered with a layup to stem the Lady Bulldog comeback.
Judge Memorial rallied for a 5- 2 run to close to within 31-27 and still 2:56 left in the third quarter.
Ault hit a layup and rebound basket and Valdez canned one of two free throws to fuel the Judge Memorial assault.
Nelson hit Titmus for a layup to provide the lone points of the period for Grantsville.
While the Lady Bulldogs did manage to cut the deficit to four, Judge Memorial couldn’t pull any closer the rest of the way and Grantsville put the pesky foe away with a furious 15-5 run to extend the margin to 46-32 with 4:44 left in the contest.
Chaney fired a perfect pass to Alexa Bakker for a layup and Nelson buried a 3-point bomb to open the pivotal stretch. Nelson found Chaney with a pretty pass for a layup to close out the third quarter for GHS with an eightpoint cushion.
Griffin hit her second 3-point shot of the period and added a free throw to aid the Lady Bulldogs.
However, Nelson fired a pass to an open Titmus for a layup and then Titmus and Nelson buried back-to-back 3-point missiles to complete the key barrage and give Grantsville total command of the contest.
The Cowgirls closed out the contest when Brooke Bunderson drilled one of two free throws and took a feed from Nelson for a layup and Jerica Dahlberg hit a layup off a pretty pass from Nelson as well. Titmus completed the scoring with a basket in the waning seconds.