The Grantsville Cowboys girls basketball team scored five points in the first half and eight points in the second half for its worse loss of the season Thursday against the Bear River Lady Bears.
Bear River outscored Grantsville 34-5 in the first two quarters to roll to an eventual 57-13 victory. The 44-point loss is the worst of the season for Grantsville (4-12, 1-2 in Region 11).
GHS head coach Megan Vera said a game like this means it’s time for the Grantsville girls to look at themselves and ask tough questions.
“We really talked about who wants to play,” Vera said. “Who wants to be there and put in the effort? Because we lacked effort tonight. We also talked about believing and buying in to [our system and gameplans].”
The Cowboys’ lone basket of the first quarter came when Riley Ekins stole the ball away and passed it to Bailey Critchlow. Megan Cafarelli got open at the 3-point line, and Critchlow passed it over to her. Cafarelli knocked down the shot to make the score 7-3. That’s the closest Grantsville got the entire game.
A scary moment took place during the first minute when sophomore Whitney Castagno hit the floor and was hurt on the play. She had to be helped off the court and back to the bench. Castagno shook off the pain and eventually came back into the game at the 3:12 mark of the first quarter.
The time to lick their wounds after the loss to Bear River is short; the Cowboys battle against Stansbury on Tuesday. That game will be the second of four consecutive contests for Grantsville at home.
Vera said the intense defensive pressure the team faced against the Lady Bears won’t let up when the Lady Stallions visit GHS. She said her players need to learn to play against tight defensive pressure.
“I definitely think we need to work on handling pressure better,” Vera said. “Kenzie (Newton) is a great defensive coach, so we need to expect the pressure, and we need to prepare for that. We know it’s coming, so we need to be prepared.”
Though Vera was disappointed in the Cowboys’ performance against Bear River, she said things are still progressing upward.
“I think overall we’re moving forward,” she said. “Games like tonight, it’s kind of hard. We kind of hit a wall, but we’ll work through it, stay positive and we’ll keep moving forward.”
Grantsville hosts Stansbury on Tuesday at 7 p.m. This will be the first meeting between Newton and Vera, who played for Newton at Grantsville High School during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.