Friday’s matchup against the Buckaroos was a fight to the end, with the Red Devils eventually falling short of a victory by only seven points – 63-56.
Behind by 14 points in the beginning of the third quarter, the Red Devils rallied and eventually tied the game in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter. With the score at 54-54, the Buckaroos scored nine points and the Red Devils scored only two before the final buzzer.
Senior Adam Jenkinson led the Red Devils in points scored.
The GCHS starting varsity team also included seniors Koi Cook, Kaden Risenhoover, Trevor Bertuzzi and Hunter Stitzer.
“We made some mistakes down the stretch,” said GCHS head coach Brook Shumway. “Now we know what to work on.”
The following evening, Jan. 4, the Red Devil squad scored a landslide victory over the Maeser Prep Lions. Grand came out strong at the beginning of the game and kept a firm lead for the duration of the contest. Grand easily outpaced the Lions to end the game with an 82-29 win.
“We came out and led from the start. We never relinquished the lead,” Shumway said.
GCHS seniors Cook, Risenhoover, Bertuzzi and Stitzer led the game on the starting varsity team. Junior Tanner White filled Jenkinson’s spot as a starter after Jenkinson was injured in the Jan. 3 game against Monticello and was unable to play on Saturday.
“We’re still in the pre-season. We’re trying to improve each game and fix little problems so that we’ll be ready for region,” Shumway said.
The Red Devils were scheduled to play Pinnacle Academy in a non-region game in Moab on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Grand’s first region contest of the season is scheduled to be played on Saturday, Jan. 11 against Wasatch Academy at Mt. Pleasant.