The Lady Devils snapped a four-game losing streak on the road Friday and Saturday, first by bagging the North Sanpete Hawks, 49-30, and then by taking down the Lady Templars of Manti, 62-50.
Right after the tip-off at North Sanpete, the Lady Devils made a statement by jumping out to an early lead in the first quarter, 19-2. It didn’t stop there, however as they held onto that lead for the entire game.
“They were ready to work,” said head coach Randy Martin. “They executed the game plan really well.”
Despite the early lead, the Hawks were able to out-score the Devils 10-2 in the second quarter. This did not, however, put them back in the game. The Lady Devils dominated the remaining two quarters of the game to come away with a win. Junior Annabelle Garrett dropped seven points and grabbed seven rebounds, and team captain Hannah Owen put up 17 points and seven rebounds.
The standout in the game was undoubtedly junior Veda Gritts as she racked up 18 points and 20 rebounds, not to mention four blocks, four assists and three steals. “Gritts had a monster game,” Martin said. “I challenged her before the game to get 20 points and 20 rebounds.”
The Lady Devils also had a monster performance against Manti. The game remained relatively close throughout, until Grand County turned up the heat in the fourth quarter and torched the Lady Templars, outscoring them 22-13 to pull away for a win. Josie Camps and Mercedes Zunich scored a combined 10 points from outside the paint, and Owen had another breakout performance, dropping 23 points with five rebounds.
The performance of the night, however, went to Garrett as she shot for 17 points and grabbed 16 total rebounds for a double-double. She also nabbed three steals for the Lady Devils.
According to Martin, it was a performance more than a year in the making.
“Garrett tore her ACL in December 2016, then went through 12 months of recovery,” Martin said. “She has proven herself to be a vital part of this Red Devils team, and her contributions in the last two games alone were instrumental in snapping the losing streak that had been the proverbial thorn in our side.
“Bouncing back from a devastating injury is no easy feat, yet she fought her way back, knee brace and all, and is striking fear in the hearts of the competition.
“To have a third inside-scoring option is huge, and it’s great to see her back.”
The Lady Devils are 8-9 overall and 4-4 in 3A Region 15. They now return home for three games and will face South Sevier (9-8, 5-3) on Friday night at 7 p.m., and Richfield (14-2, 6-1) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. They will finish the regular season on the road at San Juan on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m.