Tooele scored two victories over rival opponents last week to vault up to fourth place in the Region 11 standings only one game behind third-place Ogden. The Buffaloes play at Ogden tonight.
After beating Stansbury on Tuesday, the Buffaloes outscored winless Grantsville in all four quarters Thursday night to roll to a 56-36 triumph to improve their region record to 4-4.
“They played us tough the first time around and were ahead at halftime so, yeah, we had our concerns about a letdown for this game,” said Tooele coach Kris Ashby. “Plus, we expended a lot of energy in an emotional game with Stansbury on Tuesday and they (Grantsville) didn’t play a game. Anything can happen in a rivalry game.”
Grantsville led 6-5 early thanks to the play of Whitney Turner who scored two layups and hit two foul shots to get the Cowboys off to a good start. Tooele grabbed the lead at 7-6 with an inside basket by McKenzie Alvarez, and the Buffaloes never trailed the rest of the game.
The Cowboys did narrow the gap to 12-10 with a 3-pointer from Turner and a basket from Shayla White, but trailed 15-10 after one quarter. The Buffaloes started the game with a 3- pointer from McKae Searle and also got baskets from Alvarez, Courtney Schiwal, and 6 points from Taylor Thomas.
Grantsville went cold for the first 3 minutes of the second quarter while Tooele added 6 points to lead 21-10. The Cowboys managed only 4 points in the second stanza while the Buffaloes scored 8 to make it 23- 14 for Tooele at intermission. Tooele increased the lead to 29-16 on baskets by Searle and Alvarez and the lead jumped to 32-18 when Searle knocked down a 3-pointer. Amy Matthews broke the drought for the Cowboys with a driving layup, but Tooele’s Baylee Hansen scored the final 5 points of the third quarter on a corner 3-pointer and a put-back basket to give the Buffaloes a 37-20 lead after three quarters.
Tooele outscored Grantsville 19-16 in the fourth quarter to maintain the large lead. Searle (14), Thomas (13) and Alvarez (10) led the way in scoring for the Buffaloes who had eight players score in the game. Grantsville’s Turner scored a game-high 16 points, and White added 10 points.
Grantsville will look to pick up a victory tonight when it hosts Ben Lomond. The Scots defeated Grantsville 49-38 in the first game between the two teams with a big fourth quarter. The Cowboys will be looking to snap a 50-game losing streak.