Senior Shailee Croasmun led the Lady Devils with 23 points, while fellow senior Alena Geiser added 21 as Grand built an early double-digit lead and coasted to victory.
“Alena hit two three-pointers to start the game, and that kind of set the tone,” said GCHS head coach Tony Chacon.
The Lady Devils’ offensive output was the highest point total achieved in more than two seasons. Grand won just two games last year and none the year before, averaging fewer than 25 points per game as a team both years.
Nevertheless, Chacon said the key to winning last week’s game was defense, rather than offense.
“Our goal is to establish an identity,” he said. “We want to be known as a defensive team. When you play tough defense, it leads to easier offense.”
Grand’s stifling man-to-man defense limited the Lady Pirates to just six field goals in the first half as the Lady Devils opened up a 43-16 halftime lead.
Sadie Hansen, a junior who played for Green River last year, scored nine points against her former team, while fellow junior Brook Schultz added eight for the Lady Devils. Sophomore Symony Call contributed six points and Alexandra Gomez added two.
Talaunee Croasmun and Sarah Day also scored two points apiece in the varsity game, and Chacon said both players also played well in the junior varsity contest that preceded the varsity game. The junior varsity squad recorded a similar margin of victory over the Lady Pirates.
Chacon praised the “total team effort” shown by his players in beating Green River, which he noted had lost multiple starters to graduation last year.
“Our girls played as a team, and they believe in each other,” he said. “Not everyone is a scorer, but we also need rebounders, defenders, and passers. Everyone just needs to understand their role.”
Chacon noted that in the game against Green River the Lady Devils committed too many fouls and said the team still has hard work ahead.
“It’s just one game,” he said. There are still a lot of things we need to improve on. For example, we committed 27 fouls during the game, which is unacceptable.”
Although several other Lady Devils committed multiple fouls in the game, Geiser was the only Grand player to be disqualified by fouling out of the contest. She exited the game on her fifth foul early in the fourth quarter. Geiser scored all 21 of her points in the first half.
This week, the Lady Devils were scheduled to host Pinnacle Academy, the team Grand beat twice last year, on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Next week, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, Grand will travel to Green River for a rematch with the Lady Pirates.