The game started roughly for the Red Devils, who were outscored 16-7 during the first quarter. The Red Devils tightened their play the second quarter and went basket-for-basket, but they couldn’t outscore the Rams and ended the first half behind Parowan by the score of 28-19.
During the second half, the Rams outscored the Red Devils in both quarters to secure the win.
GCHS senior Dale Thomas was Grand’s top player for the game, scoring 14 points, including four three-point shots. He was supported by fellow senior Brett Walker, who scored nine points and nine rebounds.
Head coach Travis Clark said he was disappointed by how the game went.
“We just didn’t really play very well,” he said. “There’s not really one particular thing that lost it for us, but … they put a lot of ball pressure on us, which really threw off our game plan. We ended up having more turnovers than free throws.”
Adam Jenkinson, a junior, added, “I think we just really didn’t come alive. We were like zombies out there. We weren’t making the plays, and it was kind of a low-light game for us.”
Grand hit the road again Friday, Dec. 7, to play the Beaver High School Beavers and again came up short, losing 58-48. But the Red Devils came out and played a much tougher game this time around, matching the Beavers almost point-for-point throughout the entire game.
During the first quarter Grand kept pace with Beaver, trailing just 13-11. During the second quarter, they tightened up their play even further and held their own for the quarter, leaving the Red Devils down 30-27 at the half.
During the third quarter, Grand continued to nearly match Beaver in scoring, but in the fourth quarter the Red Devils stumbled and could never quite even up the game.
Junior Kaden Risenhoover was Grand’s top scorer with 12 points, followed by seniors Thomas and Walker, who netted 10 apiece.
Despite the loss, Clark was much more enthusiastic about his team’s performance during the Beaver game.
“I think we played with a lot of intensity, we gave it a lot of good effort,” he said. “We played really well. It was a one- or two-point game for most of it. We even led a little here and there. However, in the end we didn’t get to complete some stuff. We slipped up some at the end and they won by 10.
“Still, I’m encouraged and I think they played really well. I saw a lot of good things: Brett [Walker] and Kaden [Risenhoover] both had really great games, and we had a couple of great quarters … and Beaver is a really good team.”
When asked what his team needs to do to get more wins, Clark said, “I think what we need to do, more than anything, is to take the ball to the basket. We’re being too cautious. If you look at the stats, especially at some of our last games, where they had 34 free throws to our seven, we just really need to start taking the ball to the basket and making those shots. Still, we’re starting to improve and I’m really encouraged.”
The Red Devils were scheduled to host their second home game of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 11, against the Green River Pirates. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, Grand travels to Altamont and Duchesne, before returning home to play Monticello on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Play against Altamont is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Varsity play for all other competitions begins at 7 p.m.