Lady Devils go 2-0 with rout of Pinnacle Academy
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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Sadie Hansen of Grand battles for position against Pinnacle Academy on Dec. 3.
Photo by Jeff Richards
Sadie Hansen of Grand battles for position against Pinnacle Academy on Dec. 3. Photo by Jeff Richards
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The Grand County High School girls basketball team won its second consecutive home game, a 63-26 victory over Pinnacle Academy on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

  Senior guard Shailee Croasmun led the Lady Devils with 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Nine other Grand players scored during the contest. Sophomore Talaunee Croasmun had eight points, while Brook Schultz, Teaven Fredericks, and Sarah Day scored six points each. Schultz also added nine rebounds and recorded five steals.

  “Once again, our defense established itself at the beginning of the game,” said GCHS head coach Tony Chacon. “We kept pressure on the ball and were able to force a few turnovers, which set the tone for us in the first half.”

  Grand led 14-2 at the end of the first quarter and 39-13 at halftime. Nearly all of Grand’s reserve players saw action during the contest.

  Chacon said he’s encouraged by the team’s progress at this point thus far. The Lady Devils are now 2-0 in season play.

“These first two wins have been a confidence booster, and they show how much we’ve improved as a team,” he said. “But we still have a lot of things we need to work on.”

Chacon noted that the Lady Devils made just 10 of 19 free-throw attempts, or slightly better than half.

“In practice, the girls have been hitting between 65 and 70 percent of their free throws, which is where we need to be in the games,” Chacon said.

  Grand’s two scheduled games this week are both on the road: a rematch with Green River on Wednesday, Dec. 11 – the Lady Devils defeated the Lady Pirates 73-34 at Moab on Nov. 26; and a trip to play the Monticello Lady Buckaroos on Saturday, Dec. 14. The varsity contests in both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

  Grand won’t play any 2A opponents until region play gets under way in early January. Chacon said he expects the competition to get tougher later in the season.

  “I’ve told the girls, you can play with anybody. Everyone has picked us to finish in last place, so we have nothing to lose,” Chacon said. “We just want to be able to compete in every game. The girls know they can because they believe in each other.”

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