The Lady Devils slump continued this week as they suffered a major loss to San Juan at home, 56-34. Always an archrival to Grand County, the Lady Broncos were able to get ahead early and the Lady Devils were unable to recover. The Lady Broncos went up 18-13 in the first quarter and then seemed to slow down on offense — as Grand County was able to control the scoring onslaught in the second and third quarters. Grand County entered the fourth trailing, 32-26 — though San Juan quickly pulled away with a whopping 24-8 scoring spree in the final quarter, turning a winnable game for Grand County into a win for the Lady Broncos.
After this stretch of tough games, the Lady Devils now hold a 3A Region 15 record of 2-4 and an overall record of 6-9. Juniors Josie Camps and Mercedes Zunich scored five points each, with both players sinking a three-pointer. Junior Annabelle Garrett added another four points for the Devils, contributing two deflections, six rebounds, two assists and a steal. The duo that is Hannah Owen and Veda Gritts tallied a collective 20 points, with Owen sinking 13 and seven for Gritts.
Owen scored just under her average on the season of 14.4 points, while Gritts was well below her average of 12.1 on the season. This rough patch has landed the Lady Devils at fifth place in the region, but they should be able to run through the winless (0-6) North Sanpete Hawks this Friday in Mt. Pleasant.
“We played really well in the first and second quarter ... and in the second quarter we definitely came back and it was a close game ... I think after that we just got into foul trouble,” Gritts said. “The intensity died down a bit. I think we just fell apart in the second half.”
Head Coach Randy Martin has stressed the importance of breaking the press of the opposing team in the past, but that was not the issue against San Juan. The Lady Devils had a slew of turnovers, losing possession to San Juan a whopping 32 times. Grand County also put the Lady Broncos on the free-throw line quite a bit, giving them a chance to capitalize off of 20 personal fouls by the Lady Devils.
When asked if the Red Devils had trouble breaking the press against San Juan, Gritts replied, “I don’t think so. The other day against Emery we had a hard time … against South Sevier we had a hard time breaking it, but today I think we did pretty well. We did a good job.” Gritts also echoed Martin’s concerns about the amount of turnovers the Lady Devils have been giving up to opponents. She stated that in preparation for game against North Sanpete, the Red Devils will be working on more efficient passing and ball control to avoid giving up turnovers.
The Lady Devils will face North Sanpete on Friday, with tip-off set for 7 p.m. in Mt. Pleasant. They will travel a few miles south on Saturday to face the Manti Lady Templars at 2:30 p.m.