The Lady Devils defeated Green River 56-41 on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
“That was a tough ball game,” said GCHS head coach Tony Chacon. “Green River had a great game plan. In the second half, we were playing kind of sloppy, and we called a time out and I told the girls we needed to refocus on our defense. After that, we regrouped and were able to build our lead back up.”
Grand outscored the Lady Pirates 18-9 in the fourth period to pull away with the win.
Senior Shailee Croasmun and her younger sister Talaunee Croasmun paced the Lady Devils with 14 points apiece.
Starting center Alex Gomez hurt her knee during the contest and is expected to be out of action for a couple of weeks, Chacon said, adding that sophomore Symony Call filled in nicely for the injured Gomez.
“Symony really stepped up, scoring nine points, and her rebounding at the end was huge,” Chacon said.
Junior Brook Schultz led the Lady Devils with 12 rebounds, while Call grabbed six.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Lady Devils defeated the Monticello Buckaroos 43-35. Grand led just 4-3 at the end of the first period, but outscored Monticello 16-9 in the second quarter to build an eight-point halftime lead.
The Croasmun sisters provided the bulk of the scoring load, with Talaunee leading the way with 18 points and Shailee adding 17. Alena Geiser added five points and Call scored three for Grand.
“It wasn’t a pretty game, but we did get the win,” said GCHS assistant coach Ryon Jones, who took the reins at the Monticello contest along with fellow assistants Allison Brown and Randy Martin, because Chacon was unable to attend the game.
“We didn’t rebound well, and we got in foul trouble. Their post play was better than ours, but our guard play was better, and that ended up being the difference,” Jones added.
This week, the Lady Devils are scheduled to travel to Dove Creek, Colo., for a game on Thursday, Dec. 19. A previously scheduled game at Altamont on Dec. 17 has been postponed and will be played on Feb. 6 instead.
Grand is also scheduled to play in the Wayne County Invitational tournament at Bicknell Dec. 27-28. The Lady Devils’ next home game will be against Monticello on Saturday, Jan. 4.