In Tuesday’s game against Emery, the Lady Devils shot poorly in the first period, falling behind 23-3. Midway through the second quarter, Emery had built a 38-8 lead before Grand finally started to score more consistently. Still, the Lady Spartans posted a 41-20 halftime lead and went on to win the game by 13 points, 64-51.
GCHS head coach Tony Chacon attributed his team’s slow start to the fact that the Lady Devils seemed intimidated by Emery at the onset.
“We need to quit looking at the name on the front of the jersey and getting hung up on that,” Chacon said. “We think we can’t beat them, but in reality we can. We can play with anybody.”
Sophomore guard Taulaunee Croasmun led the Lady Devils in scoring with 23 points, including three 3-pointers. Her older sister Shailee Croasmun, a senior, added nine points. Senior Alena Geiser scored eight points and collected 10 rebounds, while sophomore Symony Call also had 10 rebounds to go with her four points.
At South Sevier in Monroe on Friday, Jan. 24, the Lady Devils again got off to a slow start and trailed 29-14 at halftime.
“We were tired and hadn’t gotten enough rest,” Chacon said, noting that several of his players had attended a school dance the night before.
“South Sevier came out with a press defense and jumped on us pretty quickly,” Chacon added. “We were prone to make mistakes, and couldn’t get any continuity or transition very well.”
The Lady Rams went on to win the game by 20 points, 56-36. Shailee Croasmun scored 22 points to lead Grand in scoring, and also recorded seven rebounds and two steals. Junior Brook Schultz, who didn’t play earlier in the week against Emery, collected a team-high eight rebounds against the Rams.
“Hopefully we’ll do a better job when they come here to play us again later in the season,” Chacon added, noting that the Lady Devils are scheduled to face the Rams at Moab on Feb. 14.
After spending Friday night at a motel in Richfield, the Lady Devils traveled to nearby Salina on Saturday to play North Sevier. The Lady Wolves ended up winning the game in overtime by two points, 49-47, but Grand coach Chacon said his players played a much better game than they had the night before.
“This time, we had plenty of rest, and were a lot more aggressive right from the get-go,” Chacon said. Grand led 13-12 at the end of the first period and 26-22 at the half. North Sevier outscored the Lady Devils 13-8 in the third period to take a one-point lead into the final quarter, which was a low-scoring affair. Grand scored just five points in the fourth period, but held the Lady Wolves to four, and the game went into a five-minute overtime tied at 39.
“It was a back-and-forth battle the whole game, with no more than a five or six point lead for either team the entire time,” Chacon said. “We had the ball with the score tied at the very end of regulation, and Talaunee Croasmun got pushed and lost the ball out of bounds with two seconds left, but no foul was called, and it went into overtime.”
Shailee Croasmun, who led all scorers with 18 points, fouled out of the game during the overtime period. Talaunee Croasmun managed to sink two long 3-pointers to help keep the Lady Devils within striking distance down the stretch, but North Sevier ultimately came away with the two-point victory.
“Those are the type of games you really have to win, but we at least had a chance,” Chacon said. “If a couple of turnovers or a couple calls had gone differently, we might have had a different outcome.”
Talaunee Croasmun scored seven total points for Grand, as did Schultz, who also grabbed 10 rebounds. Call finished with eight points and nine rebounds, and junior Sadie Hansen added five points.
This week, Grand (now 9-5 overall, 2-3 in region play) is scheduled to play Dove Creek, Colo. in a non-region contest at Moab on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The Lady Devils will then travel to Mount Pleasant to play region rival Wasatch Academy on Thursday, Jan. 30.