Wednesday, Jan. 29, Friday Jan. 31 and Saturday Feb. 1. On Wednesday, Jan. 29, the Red Devils played the Emery Spartans at Castle Dale. The two teams were tight for most of the contest, but the Red Devils lost control of the game and their lead in the third quarter.
The Spartans finally overtook the Red Devils in scoring after lagging for the first half of the game. Emery continued to put points on the board throughout the third and fourth quarters, ultimately defeating Grand by a final score of 68-54.
“We didn’t play well, but we played with them,” said Red Devil head coach Brook Shumway. “We just lost momentum and didn’t finish very well.”
On Friday, Jan. 31, the Red Devils faced the Wasatch Academy Tigers in Moab. Grand battled against Wasatch Academy throughout the first half of the game, scoring eight points to the Tiger’s 10 at the end of the first quarter.
But the Tigers continued to put points on the board, leaving the Red Devils struggling to catch up. In the end, Wasatch Academy dominated Grand and the Tigers cruised to a 75-32 win.
GCHS seniors Adam Jenkinson and Trevor Bertuzzi were unable to play on Friday so their positions on the starting varsity team were filled by juniors Tanner White and Jasen Christensen. Seniors on the starting varsity team included Koi Cook, Kaden Risenhoover and Hunter Stitzer.
The Red Devils traveled to Green River on Saturday, Feb. 1, for a non-region contest against the Pirates. During the game, players from both teams wore pink shirts to help raise support for breast cancer awareness.
The Red Devils were able to gain very little momentum against the Green River team – a contest that ended with Grand taking another non-region loss as the Pirates won by the score of 57-49.
“We couldn’t get anything against [Green River],” said Shumway.
Jenkinson remained unable to play in that contest and his spot on the starting team was covered by White.
This week, the Red Devils are scheduled to face the San Juan Broncos on Thursday, Feb. 6, and to play a non-region home game against the Duchesne Eagles on Friday, Feb. 7.
Thursday’s game will prove important for the Red Devils, said Shumway. “This is the biggest game of the season,” he said. “It’s a much needed region win that we have to have.”
Grand’s freshman team will play San Juan in Blanding at 4 p.m., followed by the junior varsity game at 5:30 p.m. The varsity matchup against the Brocos is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.