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December 5, 2013
GHS girls basketball snaps 55-game losing streak

Grantsville blasts Layton Christian 51-24 for first win since Dec. 20, 2010 

The misery is over.

The Grantsville girls basketball team will not go a full three years without winning a basketball game.

The Cowboys snapped a 55-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 51-24 victory at Layton Christian Academy.

Grantsville did not win a game for two full-seasons, with its last victory back on Dec. 20, 2010 against Tooele.

The closest the Lady Cowboys came to victory last season was an 11-point setback to Maeser Prep, a team Grantsville hosts on Monday after they play at Summit Academy on Thursday.

“The players were really excited and emotional after the game,” said new Grantsville coach Megan Vera.

Grantsville evens its record at 1-1 this season after a home loss to Union to start the season.

“Even after our loss to Union, the girls stayed extremely positive and continued to work hard in preparation for this game and it showed,” Vera said. “Jessy Davis showed great leadership and had a solid performance. Whitney Castagno came off the bench and shot the ball well. Abby Butler came out strong, scoring 10 points in the first quarter and helped set the tone for the game. Overall, our guards did much better taking care of the ball and keeping the tempo of the game where we wanted it.”

Four players scored in doubles figures with Butler pouring in 14, Davis 10, Castagno 10 and Riley Ekins 10.

Ekins also snagged 10 rebounds while Butler and Davis grabbed five each. Kallie Hammond nabbed four rebounds. Davis had three assists, Bailey Critchlow two and Angel Cloward two.

Grantsville sprinted out to a 14-1 advantage to start the game and had Layton Christian on the ropes early up 16-4 after one quarter. Grantsville led 29-14 at halftime.

Grantsville turned up the heat again in the third quarter to outscore the Eagles 15-4 and extend the lead to 44-18.

“The girls continue to improve every day, and we cut our turnovers down to one-third of what we had in the first game,” Vera said. “We played man-to-man defense and caused a lot of turnovers.”

The stat sheet showed 27 turnovers by the Eagles and 10 by Grantsville.

The Cowboys will play three games at home next week against Maeser Prep on Monday at 7 p.m., St. Joseph Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Park City on Thursday, Dec. 12. The Park City game is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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