The Red Devils’ loss in their first game of the play-in round ended Grand’s hopes in the single-elimination tournament. The Knights were seeded second in Region 14.
“Both teams came out really strong,” said GCHS head coach Brook Shumway. “We hit a whole bunch of 3-pointers in the first quarter.”
The Red Devils hit three 3-point shots compared to the Knights’ four 3-pointers in the first quarter of the contest. As the first quarter wound down, Grand was behind by only one point to begin the second quarter of play.
“Koi [Cook] caught fire in the second quarter,” said Shumway.
The Red Devils outscored the Knights 18-13 in the second quarter. Cook put 12 points on the board for Grand, giving the Red Devils a four-point lead at half-time. The Red Devils pulled even farther ahead in the beginning of the third quarter, but Grand’s players then began to lose momentum.
“We gave up some fast-break layups and missed a few shots,” said Shumway.
However, Grand remained ahead by two points at the beginning of the fourth quarter. That last quarter of the contest was a tough break for the Red Devils as the Knights outscored them by 14 points to pull away for the win. The Red Devils couldn’t manage to close the gap by the final buzzer and lost the game by the score of 60-48.
Grand’s starting varsity players for the game included Cook, Adam Jenkinson, Trevor Bertuzzi, Hunter Stitzer and Kaden Risenhoover. Cook led the Red Devils in points scored for the game with a total of 16 points.
Although the Red Devils were looking for a win and fell short, the season was a success, said Shumway.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the boys. They won more region games this year then they had in years,” he said. “I feel really good about the season. It was a good game and a good record. This is one of the best groups of boys I’ve ever coached.”