The Lady Devils opened up a double-digit lead early in the game and raced to a 34-16 halftime lead.
“We came out firing on all cylinders in the first half,” said GCHS head coach Tony Chacon, “We really took it to them. But right at the end of the third quarter, San Juan hit a shot at the buzzer that gave them a spark, and there was a huge shift in the momentum of the game.”
The Lady Broncos outscored Grand 30-18 in the final period, but missed a potential game-winning free throw in the final seconds. Regulation play ended with the score tied 57-57.
“We kept fumbling the ball away and making mistake after mistake, but I just told the girls to calm down and take care of the ball,” Chacon said.
GCHS senior Shailee Croasmun, who led all scorers with 29 points, hit four crucial free throws during overtime to help seal the victory. Also scoring in double figures for the Lady Devils were junior Brook Schultz, who made 14 points and collected seven rebounds, and sophomore Symony Call, who had 13 points and eight rebounds.
“It was a good experience for them to get a big lead, then lose it, then come back and win the game,” Chacon said. “It’s always hard to win on the road at Blanding, so this was a big win for us.”
Both teams had multiple players foul out, with the Lady Broncos seeing at least four players sent to the bench after committing their fifth foul. For Grand, Alena Geiser and Sadie Hansen each also fouled out.
The Lady Devils attempted 60 free throws during the foul-plagued contest, making 34 of them, or 57 percent. San Juan shot 23 free throws, converting 12, or 52 percent.
This week, the Lady Devils (now 9-2 overall, 2-0 in region play) were scheduled to face Region 15 rival Emery (11-2 overall, 3-0 in region) in a game at Moab on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
“That will be a tough game for us,” said Chacon. “Emery is a very good team. We just want to be able to hang with them and stay competitive throughout the game.”
Later in the week, the Lady Devils will hit the road to play South Sevier on Friday, Jan. 24 and North Sevier on Saturday, Jan. 25.