The offensive woes of the Grand County High School girls basketball team continued last weekend, as the Lady Devils suffered back-to-back blowout losses at home.
On Friday, Jan. 11, the Lady Devils faced the South Sevier Lady Rams. South Sevier jumped out to a 20-2 lead in the first quarter and extended that lead to 32-5 by halftime.
The Lady Rams ended up winning the game by a score of 59-18.
Although seven different players scored for Grand, none of them made more than a basket or two. Guards Torrie Lopez and Madi Jones each scored four points to tie for Grand’s scoring lead. Meanwhile, South Sevier was led by Kallie Fuellenbach’s 13 points.
Against Emery the next night, the Lady Devils got off to a similar start, falling behind 20-2 early on as the Lady Spartans opened up a big lead and cruised to a 63-20 victory.
“The press defense really hurt us both games,” said GCHS head coach Rick Lopez. “We had worked really hard on that in practice, but we just couldn’t handle the pressure during the games.”
Lopez said the Lady Devils made just seven of 33 field goal attempts against Emery.
“We’re not shooting well under pressure,” he said. “We’ve got to learn to relax more when we’re shooting the ball, and play with more confidence.”
Freshman backup guard Kylie Haycock of Grand suffered a knee injury in the final moments of the Emery game. That leaves the Lady Devils with just 12 healthy players on both their varsity and junior varsity squads as Grand heads into a three-game schedule this week.
The Lady Devils were scheduled to play at Pinnacle Academy in Helper on Tuesday, Jan. 15, followed by another road game at San Juan High School in Blanding on Thursday, Jan. 17. The Lady Devils will then face Duchesne at Moab on Friday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. (the game time has been moved up an hour from the original time of 7 p.m.)
“We are hanging with [our opponents] during our JV games, and the younger girls are getting good playing experience,” Lopez said. “We just need to work on our confidence and ball-handling and we should be able to improve. I think we should at least be able to compete against Duchesne.”