After finishing the fourth quarter down by 10 points, the Grantsville girls basketball team rallied to take a 49-48 lead with three minutes left in its Region 13 home opener Tuesday night against Morgan.
The Cowboys appeared to be on the verge of another come-from-behind victory after trailing the Trojans by double-digits for most of the game.
After Grantsville grabbed the lead, Morgan’s Ashlyn Morrell drilled a 3-pointer from the corner and the Trojans hit five of six foul shots in the final minute to win 60-54.
Grantsville trailed 19-11 after the first quarter and 33-22 at intermission.
“The first quarter has been our worst quarter all season. Our focus hasn’t been there early in the game. We’ve got to figure that out,” said Grantsville coach Megan Vera. “Our focus changes when we get down and then we’re ready to flip the switch.”
Grantsville has flipped the switch a few times this season to pick up wins after being down. The Cowboys were down by 11 against Enterprise with six minutes left in the game and came back to win by employing a full-court press.
They used the same tactic to get back in the game against Morgan with a tenacious full-court pressure defense. Grantsville ended up with 16 steals for the game, and outscored Morgan 32-27 in the second half.
Ashlee Edwards sank a 3-point shot to cut Morgan’s lead to 47-41 early in the fourth quarter.
One minute later, Chloe Butler scored a layup on a sweet pass from Maison White to make it 47-43. Then, White converted on an inbound pass underneath the basket to make it 47-45. Edwards stole a pass and drove in for a score to knot the game at 47 with 3:31 left in the contest.
After a made Morgan foul shot, Grantsville grabbed its first lead since it led 5-3 early in the first quarter when Edwards dished to Butler for a basket to give Grantsville the 48-47 advantage.
The dynamic duo of Edwards and White scored 40 of Grantsville’s 54 points with Edwards scoring 18 and White 22. Edwards led the way in steals with six while freshman McKenzie Allen helped out with four steals and seven rebounds. White hauled down 15 rebounds and Laura Sandberg tallied six boards.
The coach said Edwards and White do a good job defensively and they create for each other and the rest of the team on offense. Otherwise, the team is a little young with players with a lot of potential.
The varsity team includes four seniors, four juniors and four freshmen.
After winning 11 in a row, Grantsville’s record drops to 11-2 after losses to Richfield and Morgan.