The Grand County High School Lady Devils’ basketball season came to an end in Heber City on Friday, Feb. 16 after they fell, 44-22, to the top-ranked Juab Lady Wasps in the first round of the UHSAA 3A playoffs.
The first eight minutes of play ended with the Lady Devils trailing by only two points, off a 10-8 deficit. That’s when the Lady Wasps took over and ran up a 13-point lead to end the first half at 23-10.
For head coach Randy Martin, the big difference in scoring wasn’t so much about Juab being exceptional at shooting — but rather that Grand County was stymied by a stellar defensive player on the court.
“We played a great game and had a solid game plan against Juab,” Martin said. “The girls executed the plan well but, unfortunately, on the offensive side our game was stopped by a player named Hannah Robins. She is 6 foot 3 inches tall and is a huge presence on defense for Juab. Our game is predicated on getting to the lane, getting to the basket, and she completely shut us down on that front. Those times we were able to get inside the lane, Robins’ presence was felt immediately. We weren’t able to score.”
The Lady Devils were never able to score in double digits in any of the quarters — and by the end of the third were trailing, 37-17. As has been the case almost anytime she is in the game, junior Hannah Owen led the team in scoring with six points. Two other juniors — Annabelle Garrett and Veda Gritts — each penciled in five points. Josie Camps and Jessica Larsen both dropped three pointers in the game.
This year’s team had no seniors on the roster — but rather five juniors — that led the way. Larsen, a sophomore, said she would be returning in red and white next season under the leadership of those five. It’s a group she said she has learned a lot from.
“I really hope we have a strong team next year with the freshmen girls that come in, but it’s been playing with our older girls that has really helped me this year and that will be important next season,” Larsen said. “I want to be better than I was this year and girls like [Gritts] have really helped me by explaining things on the court that I didn’t understand before.”
With the loss, the No. 5-seed Lady Devils end the season with an overall record of 8-14 (4-8 in 3A).