“Our whole game plan was to come out with some intense defense and see if we could force some turnovers,” said GCHS head coach Tony Chacon. “We were able to accomplish that.”
The Lady Devils were able to build a double-digit lead early in the game en route to a 45-27 victory. Grand raced out to a 12-3 lead in the first quarter and extended the margin to 22-9 by halftime.
Chacon noted that his team was missing the services of starter Alena Geiser, who was out of town, as well as fellow senior Teaven Fredericks, who was recovering from dental surgery. In addition, starting center Alex Gomez played only a few minutes before leaving the game after aggravating an injury to her foot.
“We were left with two sophomores, two juniors, and a senior out there, but they did a great job,” Chacon said, adding that sophomore Madison Jones was among the key reserve players who provided much-needed relief from the bench.
GCHS senior guard Shailee Croasmun led all scorers with 20 points, and also added four rebounds and three assists. Her sister Talaunee Croasmun, a sophomore, contributed eight points and five steals. Junior forwards Brook Schultz and Sadie Hansen each scored six points for the Lady Devils, and gathered eight and seven rebounds, respectively. Sophomore center Symony Call added five points to round out the scoring for Grand.
Monticello’s top scorer Zoe Chadwick was held to 10 points.
“Our goal was to try to shut down their scoring,” Chacon added. “Things got a little sloppy sometimes, but we at least managed to slow their offense down.”
Grand also handily won the junior varsity contest before the varsity game. “The JV team played excellent,” Chacon said. “Our defense is getting better and better.”
The Lady Devils, now 6-2 in preseason action, will face their first regular-season foe this week when they host the Wasatch Academy Tigers on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. The Tigers had a 5-1 preseason record as of Jan. 6.
“We’re not quite yet where we should be, but hopefully we’ll be ready for Wasatch Academy on Thursday,” Chacon said. “Our girls just need to believe that they are the best players on the court when they walk out there. Attitude makes such a huge difference.”
The Lady Devils will travel to Pinnacle Canyon Academy in Price for a non-region game on Saturday, Jan. 11 before resuming their region schedule next Tuesday, Jan. 14 against San Juan at Blanding.