On Friday, Dec. 27, Grand suffered a 73-24 defeat at the hands of the host team, the Wayne Badgers.
GCHS head coach Tony Chacon said the Lady Devils came out flat to start the game, and things quickly went from bad to worse. The Lady Badgers led 16-3 at the end of the first period and 37-11 at halftime.
“We got beaten in every facet of the game, from rebounding to defense, to just moving the ball. We flat out got outhustled on both ends of the floor,” Chacon said, adding that the 49-point loss was the worst he’s experienced as a coach.
“Our girls were embarrassed, and I wasn’t very happy, either,” Chacon added. “We want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Grand was unable to stop Wayne’s Hannah Ellett, a junior guard who poured in 26 points, including four 3-pointers. The Lady Devils were led in scoring by Teaven Fredericks and Shailee Croasmun, who made nine points each.
In the other game played at Wayne High on Friday, Duchesne defeated the North Sevier junior varsity squad 38-17, which put the North Sevier JV team up against Grand for the consolation game on Saturday, Dec. 28. Grand ended up winning that contest, 59-37.
Chacon said North Sevier’s main squad was at another tournament in Enterprise that same weekend, but that their junior varsity team’s game against Grand still counted as a varsity win for the Lady Devils.
Grand started off the game on a 9-0 run, but then North Sevier went on an 11-0 run to retake the lead, 11-9, Chacon said. The Lady Devils then scored another basket to tie the game 11-11 at the end of the first quarter.
“Up to that point, we had been in a zone defense, which wasn’t working too well, so we switched to a man-to-man, and that’s when it really started to open things up for us,” Chacon said, noting that Grand outscored the Lady Wolves 21-5 in the second quarter to take a 32-16 halftime lead.
Shailee Croasmun led the Lady Devils in scoring with 17 points, while Brook Schultz added 10, Sadie Hansen scored eight, and Talaunee Croasmun contributed seven points.
After Grand’s win over North Sevier, Wayne then beat Duchense by the score of 56-37 to win its own tournament’s championship game.
Chacon said at practice this week that even though the Lady Devils are off to a respectable start, they have their work cut out for them as the regular season begins in early January.
On Saturday, Jan. 4, the Lady Devils will play their last non-region preseason game when they host Monticello at 7 p.m. Grand previously beat the Lady Buckaroos at Monticello on Dec. 14 by a score of 43-35.
“We’re going to have to be ready for them because we know they are going to come ready to play,” Chacon said. “We just need to get tough and watch for the little things that happen throughout the course of the game. We’ve got to stay focused.”
Grand’s regular season schedule will start next week, on Thursday, Jan. 9, when the Lady Devils face Region 15 foe Wasatch Academy at Moab. The varsity game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.