Lady Devils now 3-7 after losing last three region games
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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Five of Grand’s eight seniors play defense near the end of their 64-27 loss to North Sevier on Feb. 15. Lady Devils pictured, from left, Alena Geiser, Teaven Fredericks, Mercedes James, Jacey Johnson and Ayesis Charleston. Photo by Jeff Richards
Five of Grand’s eight seniors play defense near the end of their 64-27 loss to North Sevier on Feb. 15. Lady Devils pictured, from left, Alena Geiser, Teaven Fredericks, Mercedes James, Jacey Johnson and Ayesis Charleston. Photo by Jeff Richards
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The Grand County High School girls basketball team lost its final three region games of the season last week. The Lady Devils must now face San Juan in a play-in game this week to see which team will go to the state playoffs as the fourth-seeded team from Region 15.

The Lady Devils lost at region, leading Emery last Tuesday, Feb. 11 by the score of 52-20. Emery jumped out to an 18-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. “They really wore us down,” said GCHS head coach Tony Chacon.

Grand’s Alena Geiser led the team in scoring with 8 points, while Symony Call grabbed 14 rebounds.

On Friday, Feb. 14, the Lady Devils took on South Sevier at Moab.

“We opened with a horrible first quarter again,” said Chacon, noting that the Lady Devils trailed 16-4 in the first period. “We made some adjustments at that point, and managed to outscore [South Sevier] in both the second and third periods.”

Grand actually took its only lead of the game on a 3-pointer by Geiser that put the Lady Devils ahead 39-38 with 6:45 left in the fourth quarter. Grand’s offense then suffered a dry spell and the Lady Rams eventually pulled away for a 51-44 victory.

“We got in foul trouble late in the game, and that ending up costing us,” Chacon said, noting that Grand actually made more field goals (14) than South Sevier (11). But the ultimate difference in the game came at the free throw line: South Sevier converted 11 of 22 free throws during the contest, while Grand made only four of 12.

“South Sevier is the No. 2 team in our region, and we competed with them,” Chacon said. “We just didn’t take care of the ball, and missed out on some scoring opportunities.”

Geiser led Grand again with 15 points, while Shailee Croasmun added 13 and Sadie Hansen contributed 11. Call had a team-high eight rebounds to go with her five points.

The following afternoon in Moab, the Lady Devils faced the North Sevier Wolves in the final regular season contest for both teams.

In that game, the Wolves and Lady Devils battled closely for one quarter, with North Sevier taking a slim 12-10 edge heading into the second period. North Sevier then outscored Grand 15-4 in each of the next two quarters to build a commanding lead, then coasted to an eventual 64-27 victory.

“We were gassed,” Chacon said. “That was our third region game in five days, and we were flat-out tired.”

“North Sevier was the better team that game,” Chacon added. “We had plenty of opportunities, but just couldn’t get anything going offensively.”

Geiser led the Lady Devils in scoring once again, with eight points, while Shailee and Talaunee Croasmun each added five. Call had a team-high 12 rebounds.

“It was a little much for us to play 30 percent of our region schedule in the same week,” said Chacon, whose team dropped to 12-9 on the year, 3-7 in Region 15 play.

Grand’s eight senior players (Alena Geiser, Shailee Croasmun, Alexandra Gomez, Miranda Shumway, Mercedes James, Teaven Fredericks, Ayesis Charleston, and Jacey Johnson) were honored prior to Saturday’s North Sevier game, along with senior manager Tymberly Fredericks.

San Juan, which also lost to both South Sevier and North Sevier at home last weekend, also ended up with a 3-7 region record, tying them with Grand in the standings for fourth place.

The play-in game between Grand and San Juan has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Monticello High School. Each team has beaten the other once on the road this season, and coach Chacon said he anticipates yet another hard-fought matchup on the neutral floor in Monticello.

“It’s going to be a tough game, with the winner getting a state playoff spot,” Chacon said. “I hope we can get some fans to make the trip to Monticello that night, because the girls need all the support they can get.” 

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