The Grantsville girls basketball team came into Tuesday’s Region 13 home game against South Summit looking to bounce back from a tough loss in its most recent outing against Morgan.
The Cowboys came out motivated, and the overmatched Wildcats had no answer. Senior center Maison White scored 34 points to go with 12 rebounds, five steals and three assists, and Grantsville outscored South Summit 25-2 in the first quarter of its eventual 68-36 victory.
Grantsville (12-3, 2-1 Region 13) began the game on a 17-0 run over the first 5:23, with Kenzie Allen, Emily Backus and White repeatedly getting to the basket against the Wildcats (4-11, 0-2). The Cowboys also forced 12 South Summit turnovers in the opening quarter as they built an insurmountable lead.
South Summit took better care of the ball in the second quarter, and its offense also improved as a result. The Cowboys stretched their lead to 31-2 early in the frame, but 3-pointers by Maleah Bowen and Reagan Sanderson helped the Wildcats briefly cut the lead to 40-14. However, White converted a layup and Backus added a late 3-pointer from the right wing to give Grantsville a 45-17 advantage at halftime.
The game got a bit sloppy in the third quarter, with the teams combining for 15 turnovers and just 14 points. It took more than half the period for South Summit to score on a 3-pointer by Averie Snyder as the Cowboys opened the frame on an 8-0 run, sparked by White, Allen and Ellie Thomas. The Wildcats scored the final six points of the quarter as Grantsville took a 53-23 lead into the fourth.
Snyder hit another 3-pointer early in the fourth to close the gap to 27 points, but the Cowboys went on a 13-2 run over the next 3:49. Backus hit her second 3-pointer of the game, while Allen converted a layup and White dominated the offensive boards. White finished with 10 offensive rebounds in the game.
Sanderson finished the game on a personal 8-2 run for the Wildcats, including two 3-pointers, to create the final gap of 32 points.
Backus finished with 15 points, five rebounds and five steals for Grantsville, while Allen just missed a double-double with 10 points, nine steals and four assists. Chloe Butler had five points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Thomas had four points and two steals. Maddie Martin added five rebounds, including three offensive boards.
Sanderson led the Wildcats with 11 points. Sadie Eiting had nine points, Alexis Atkinson had seven, Snyder had six and Bowen had three for South Summit.
Grantsville played host to Summit Academy in a Region 13 game that was not complete at press time Thursday. The Cowboys are set to travel to Salt Lake City next Tuesday to face Judge Memorial, followed by another road game against Providence Hall on Jan. 28 in Herriman. Their next home game is Feb. 2 against Morgan.