Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 20, 2016
Grantsville caps weekend with lopsided win

Cowboys beat Payson, Bear River and Maeser Prep in Tooele County Tournament 

Grantsville head coach Megan Vera never really doubted her team’s ability to beat Maeser Prep in the Tooele County Classic on Saturday.

The Cowboys had a 12-point lead after the first quarter and it only got wider from there as the Cowboys ran away with a 59-27 win.

“Seniors did a good job crashing the boards and a lot of leadership on the floor this weekend,” Vera said.

Grantsville held the Lions scoreless for four minutes into the second half, and by then the Cowboys had a 27-point lead.

It ended up being a more than 30-point margin.

The Cowboys stayed in their trapping 1-2-2 half-court defense when they weren’t in the man-to-man set, using both defensive looks with success.

Offensively, there weren’t any Cowboys who weren’t scoring options as eight players scored at least once.

“I thought Abby [Butler] did a great job executing, finishing and rebounding,” Vera said.

Senior forward Rylie Ekins led the way in scoring with 18 while fellow seniors Brayle Crosman added 12, and Butler added another 10.

The trio combined for 25 rebounds.

Senior forward Brynn Knight, juniors Paige McCluskey and Sarah Ellett, and sophomores Hannah Butler and Madison Fields combined for the remaining 19 Grantsville points.

Grantsville earned 15 points off of turnovers while limiting Maeser Prep to two.

The win brings Grantsville to 8-1 to go along with its undefeated record in the Tooele County Tournament, which includes a 67-49 win over 2-6 Payson and a 68-64 overtime win over 0-7 Bear River.

The Cowboys will next face 1-4 Dixie at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at home as the next of the five remaining games before the region season starts Jan. 13.

“Their hard work is paying off and they’re heading in the right direction,” Vera said.

Tavin Stucki

Community News Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tavin Stucki is sports editor for the Tooele Transcript Bulletin. Stucki graduated with a journalism degree from Utah State University in 2014, where he worked at The Utah Statesman as staff writer, sports editor, news editor and editor-in-chief, respectively, for four years. Stucki served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Scotland from 2008-10.

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