The Stansbury girls basketball team has had to deal with adversity all season, and Tuesday night’s Region 10 home game against Ogden was no exception.
The Stallions were missing three starters in Epa Tia, Malia Tia and Payten Staley, who average nearly 18 points per game between them. Still, Stansbury found itself with a 31-29 lead near the midway point of the third quarter. That’s when the wheels came off for the Stallions, however, as the visiting Tigers put together a 21-4 run that lasted more than eight minutes on their way to a 53-44 victory.
With the loss, Stansbury (5-10, 2-4 Region 10) finds itself in sixth place in Region 10 entering Thursday’s rivalry game against Tooele. THS (5-9, 2-3) is fifth, with Ogden (6-9, 3-3) and Uintah (5-10, 3-3) tied for third.
The Stallions trailed 26-23 at halftime, and a 3-pointer by Ogden’s Juliann Stein stretched the Tigers’ advantage to six points early in the third quarter. However, Stansbury seemed to seize the momentum with a quick 8-0 burst over the next 2:21, beginning with a 3-pointer by Jessica Smart. Tailor Palmer’s layup off a feed by Ainsley Thurber pulled the Stallions within a point, and Thurber drove to the basket for an uncontested layup to put Stansbury up 30-29 with 4:04 left in the quarter. Sarah Gatluak hit a free throw to add to the Stallions’ lead, but then the game shifted.
Ogden’s Ashlen White tied the game with a drive to the basket, and Caitlin Richardson drained a 3-pointer from the right wing to put the Tigers back in front after an Ogden steal. Later in the third quarter, White knocked down a trey from the right corner and added a layup. On Ogden’s final possession of the period, the Tigers snagged an offensive rebound and kicked the ball out to Stein for a 3-pointer just before the buzzer sounded, giving Ogden a 45-31 lead.
Ogden’s Ashley Christensen put the Tigers up by 15 points with a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, and she later added a conventional 3-point play to give Ogden its biggest lead at 53-37 with 3:01 left. Stansbury finished the game on a 7-0 run, but the Tigers’ lead was never threatened down the stretch.
The Stallions led 15-11 after the first quarter, thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Thurber and another by Smart. Ogden answered by outscoring Stansbury 15-8 in the second quarter, led by 10 points from Christensen.
Stansbury committed 32 turnovers in the loss, compared to 19 by Ogden.
Thurber led the Stallions with 17 points, while Gatluak hit 5-of-6 from the free-throw line and scored nine points. Smart and Reagan Richins each hit two 3-pointers and scored six points, and Anika Knudsen, Kaylee Winder and Palmer each scored two points.
Christensen, a sophomore, led all scorers with 19 points for Ogden. Stein and White each had 12 points, while Grace Pulley had three. Richardson and Grace Pulley scored three points each for the Tigers.
Stansbury played host to county rival Tooele in a Region 10 game that was not complete at press time Thursday. The Stallions will hit the road for a pair of games next week, facing Ben Lomond on Tuesday and Juan Diego on Feb. 4.