Zella Chloe Ceniceros passed away unexpectedly in late October. On Dec. 3, Grand County High School honored her memory during a Red Devils boys basketball home game. The color purple was the theme. The cheerleading squad wore oversized purple bows in their hair. The basketball team donned purple socks.
According to colormatters.com, the color purple is often associated with spirituality, creativity and dignity. Ceniceros was an accomplished musician, active on the high school debate team and a known supporter and voice of the underdog.
The boy’s basketball team was not the underdogs on Dec. 3 when they bounced the Monticello Buckaroos 75-50. Grand netted 16 unanswered points to kick off the first quarter and outscored Monticello 21-12 in the second, putting the Red Devils up 37-19 at half time.
The Red Devils and Buckaroos each scored 15 points in the third, but Grand took the fourth 23-16.
Ryelan Jones was the top scorer with 14 points, four three-point buckets, six rebounds, two assists and one steal. Milo Birdwell had 13 points, one three-pointer, four rebounds and three assists. Luke Williams picked up an even dozen points, two buckets from downtown, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Eli Hazlett scored eight points, had six rebounds, one assist and three steals. Kaine Allred snagged eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
“The boys played a good game tonight,” coach Scott Horton said after the final buzzer. “That’s two wins in a row, I think we’re headed on the right track. I think if we keep the momentum we’ll be just fine.”
Two days later the Red Devils fell to the Summit Academy Bears 59-67 on Friday, Dec. 6, in Bluffdale. The Red Devils kept pace with the Bears in the first three quarters, but was short each period scoring 13-14 in the first, 13-15 in the second, and 15-22 in the third. Grand outscored Summit 18-16 in the fourth, but the clock ran out.
The boys varsity basketball team will play the last two home games of the calendar year on Thursday, Dec. 12 against Cortez and on Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Red Devils will face Green River.