“It was a see-saw battle all night,” said GCHS head coach Tony Chacon of the out-of-state contest. “We had a hard time finishing at the rim. We missed many chances at put-backs, including at least three chances to tie the game at the end.”
GCHS senior Shailee Croasmun led the Lady Devils with 21 points, but was held to just two points in the fourth quarter. The cold-shooting Grand team managed just four points during the final period, with the other basket coming from sophomore Symony Call.
“We had a lot of opportunities to score, but just couldn’t convert them at the end,” Chacon added. “It was a good learning experience for us. We don’t have to worry about going undefeated anymore. It brought us back to reality.”
Also scoring in double figures for Grand was Sadie Hansen, who contributed 11 points.
“Sadie had a tremendous game,” Chacon said, adding that the team’s leading rebounders were Brook Schultz with 10 rebounds and Call with eight. Croasmun had four steals.
Chacon said that Grand’s undefeated junior varsity team played well against Dove Creek, winning their game 34-20.
The Lady Devils varsity team’s overall record dropped to 4-1, with the next scheduled contests being at the Wayne Holiday Classic invitational tournament in Bicknell on Dec. 27 and 28. The Lady Devils’ next home game will be Jan. 4 against Monticello at 7 p.m. (the Red Devil boys play Maeser Prep at Moab at 3 p.m. that same afternoon).
Despite the loss to Dove Creek, Chacon said he is encouraged by the Lady Devils’ efforts so far this season.
“We just want to be competitive in every game, and we’ve done that. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t finish strong against Dove Creek, even though we made a good effort.”