A season to learn

Despite record, girls improved throughout the year

Girls basketball team in action
Tenney Cook, 10, intercepts the ball against South Sevier. Cook had an outstanding defensive and offensive game against South Sevier and Richfield. Photos by Anthony Militano

The Grand County girl’s basketball team lost to the Carbon Dinos 18-83 on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Carbon High School. Josalyn Murphy made nine points. Madison Munger, Marguerite Groene, Megan Zunich, and Tenney Cook all picked up two points. Rylee Behunin hit a free throw.

The Red Devils lost to the South Sevier Rams 25-76 on Friday, Jan. 31, in Moab. Murphy, Zunich and Munger were at the forefront of offensive efforts, as they have been all season long.

Andrea Jones shoots a free throw against South Sevier.

Cook was on the ball and had an “I’ll carry-the-day” first half. She moved the ball fast and she had some timely defensive steals. In the first quarter, Cook raced from mid-court, stopped on a dime and launched an off balance shot from the right side of the bucket that was probably a little out of her comfort zone.

The crowd let out a skeptical gasp, but with a swish of the ball the gasp turned into a rousing cheer. Cook and Murphy had eight points each for the game and Cook picked up two three pointers.

Aliana Lazaro and Andrea Jones got some playing time. Jones was fouled, went to the line and was 1-1.

Grand County fell to the Richfield Ladycats 24-72 on Saturday, Feb. 1, in Moab. The day belonged to Cook. She duplicated the defensive performance she had against South Sevier and Cook celebrated a birthday; 16 was made extra sweet, if not extra special by the team-leading nine points she picked up and two three pointers she put down in the second half.

One word personifies Behunin: scrappy. She scrapped, scrambled and pressured the Ladycats and the Rams in Grand County’s zone defense before South Sevier or Richfield had a chance to break down the court and score. Behunin showed skills she has not displayed in the past. Progress.

The season is winding down. The Red Devils play one more regular game, today against the Emery Lady Spartans, in Castle Dale.