Grantsville did not allow Ben Lomond to think it could contend for a state playoff spot during a matchup between the two schools Tuesday night in Grantsville.
Four of five teams from Region 11 make the state tournament, and the Cowboys held a one-game lead over Ben Lomond for that fourth playoff spot prior to tip-off.
The Cowboys outscored the Scots 12-3 in the final 5 minutes of the third quarter to turn a three-point lead into a 12-point advantage by the end of the period. The Cowboys maintained their double-digit lead in the fourth quarter to win the game 42-32.
Grantsville actually leaped ahead of Tooele to third place in the standings with the victory over Ben Lomond. Albeit, by only one-half game. The Cowboys sit at 2-3 compared to Tooele at 2-4. The two teams play in Grantsville Thursday night. The Scots dipped to 0-6 with the loss.
Ben Lomond started fast en route to a 7-3 lead, but the Cowboys scored nine in row to jump out 12-7 after the opening quarter.
Freshman Abby Butler knocked down a 3-pointer to get Grantsville’s offense on track. Senior Jessy Davis later connected on a 12-footer, followed by 16-foot jumper by freshman Riley Ekins to knot the score at 7-7.
Sharp first-quarter shooting kept the Cowboys out in front. Sophomore Megan Caferelli popped in a jumper from 17-feet away to give Grantsville its first lead at 9-7. Davis then fed Butler for an easy inside basket to push the lead to 11-7.
“We did a better job shooting the ball tonight,” said Grantsville coach Megan Vera. She was not as happy with her team’s ball handling. “I definitely think we could have taken care of the ball better. We had way too many turnovers, and we didn’t box out on rebounds. Ben Lomond did a good job of getting offensive rebounds.”
Grantsville extended its second-quarter lead to 21-11 on a 3-pointer and 2-pointer by Caferelli and two baskets by Angel Cloward. Leanza Driscoll caught fire for Ben Lomond with two 3-pointers and Kaelie Morris scored to slice Grantsville’s lead to 21-16 at intermission.
Ben Lomond trimmed Grantsville’s lead to 25-22 with 5 minutes left in the third quarter, but Grantsville outscored the Scots 12-3 to end the quarter. Whitney Castagno scored on two offensive rebounds along with buckets by Caferelli and Davis. Caferelli hit a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter to make it 37-25 for the home team.
Ben Lomond could only trim two points off the lead in the final stanza with the final score 42-32.
Scoring: Caferelli 14, Butler 7, Ekins 6, Davis 6, Castagno 5, Cloward 4.