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image Sophomore Whitney Castagno and the Grantsville girls basketball team snapped a 55-game losing streak on Dec. 3.

December 31, 2013
Top Sports Stories of 2013 – #5 GHS girls basketball snaps 55-game losing streak

Head coach Megan Vera may have the Grantsville girls basketball program on the right track.

One of its biggest setbacks in recent years was a 55-game losing streak, but the players no longer have that losing streak hanging over their heads.

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Grantsville Cowboys snapped a 55-game losing streak with a 51-24 win against Layton Christian. The losing streak dated back to Dec. 20, 2010, which was the program’s last win before the losing streak started. Grantsville defeated Tooele that day.

The Cowboys started the season with the losing streak at 54, and they lost to Union to extend the streak to 55. But playing on the road against Layton Christian, Grantsville came together and put an end to the streak.

“The players were really excited and emotional after the game,” said Vera after the win. “Even after our loss to Union, the girls stayed extremely positive and continued to work hard in preparation for this game and it showed.”

Grantsville snapped the losing streak so early this season that it can now focus on just playing the best basketball it can, which was one of Vera’s goals going into the season.

“I think this season we’re really going to take it day by day,” Vera said in early November. “We could overwhelm ourselves by thinking about the future. Just focus on winning each day and the small successes, and we’ll be OK.”

Vera wants her Cowboys to learn the basics and have fun playing basketball.

“We’re going to start off by focusing on the fundamentals,” Vera said in a November interview. “We have young players with basic knowledge of basketball.”

The losing streak is a distant memory now as Grantsville has won three games on the season. Grantsville defeated Intermountain Christian on Monday, Dec. 16, and then it defeated Rowland Hall 38-23 the next night on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Grantsville still has a way to go with its current record at 3-6, but with underclassmen filling 13 of the 14 roster spots, the future looks bright. Some of the key underclassmen for Grantsville include sophomore Whitney Castagno, freshman Riley Ekins, junior Bailey Critchlow and freshman Abby Butler.

The team plays away from Grantsville for the next little while, including three games in three days at the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic in Cedar City. Grantsville plays its first two region games on the road at Tooele and at Ben Lomond. The next home game for the Cowboys will be Thursday, Jan. 23 against Bear River.

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