For the final three quarters of Tuesday night’s game at Stansbury High School, the Stansbury girls basketball team got the better of its opponents from Bonneville.
It was that pesky first quarter that kept the Stallions from picking up their second Region 11 victory in as many tries, as they spotted the Lakers a 17-5 lead after the first eight minutes on the way to a 49-44 loss in their first region home game.
“It was a good game, for sure — just can’t dig ourselves a hole in the first quarter,” Stansbury coach Kenzie Newton said. “We knew they were a good team. They’ve got a good record and they’re very disciplined defensively. We knew we’d have to work for our offensive points.
“We need to be confident coming in and starting strong. It seemed like we were letting them dictate us in the first quarter versus us bringing what we do.”
The Stallions (4-8, 1-1 Region 11) cut the lead to 25-20 by halftime, and were behind by just seven points entering the fourth quarter. They were able to get within a single possession a few times down the stretch, but the Lakers (8-4, 2-0) maintained their lead.
“We got close, but never could regain a lead,” Newton said. “That’s tough. Against a good team, you can’t have a bad quarter. It’s got to be competitive.”
A couple buzzer-beaters also helped Bonneville’s cause during the game — one banking in off the backboard and the other coming on a half-court shot.
“Those two shots at the end of the quarter are still eating at me,” Newton said. “That’s almost the difference in the game — a banked-in 3 and a half-court shot.”
Mia Thurber led Stansbury with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Kalee Philips hit two 3-pointers and scored eight points. Madison Welch had six points, Ainsley Thurber had five and Kayla Alvey and Kenzi Knudsen each scored three.
“There are some good takeaways,” Newton said. “Mia shot the ball extremely well tonight, which was good to see. We did a lot of good things, just a little late. If we could have had a couple more minutes in that game, it would have gone a different way.”
Jenna Czarnecki had 18 points to lead Bonneville and Karly Conolly added 17 more with three 3-pointers.
“We knew that (Czarnecki) was a good player, but their role players did a good job,” Newton said. “They’ve got some young kids that filled their roles and played well.”
Stansbury’s schedule doesn’t get any easier. The Stallions will travel to Draper on Friday night to face Juan Diego before playing host to rival Tooele on Tuesday.
“Hopefully (Tuesday’s loss) just makes us more hungry,” Newton said. “We’ve got a couple tough games ahead. We just need to respond and continue to improve.”