The Grand County High School girls basketball team kept clawing its way back versus Gunnison Valley in Moab on Saturday, Dec. 8, climbing out of nine-point deficits on three different occasions before finally taking and keeping the lead in the fourth quarter, winning 47-40.
“The girls fell behind a few times, but they came back each time strong,” Grand County High School (GCHS) girls basketball coach Randy Martin said. “We finally got the lead with about five minutes left and we were able to hold onto it.”
After a slight adjustment to the offense going into the final period, senior Hannah Owen led a surge offensively, scoring 13 of GCHS’ 19 fourth-quarter points, Martin said.
The Lady Red Devils also got offensive contributions from seniors Veda Gritts (nine points), Josie Camps (eight points) and Mercedes Zunich (seven points).
Defensively, GCHS clamped down in the second half, switching to man-defense after halftime and allowing only 12 points to the Lady Bulldogs the remainder of the game after giving up 15 points in the first quarter and 13 in the second.
“We looked at our girls and matched them up with their girls,” Martin said. “Our girls took the challenge and shut them down in the second half.”
The Lady Red Devils are scheduled for three more games before winter break, beginning with a home game versus Monticello on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
“Monticello’s always tough. They always give us a handful,” Martin said. “We’re playing well right now and I think we’re up for the challenge.”
The Lady Red Devils also play at Pinnacle Academy on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m., and at home versus Green River on Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m.
Owen’s big fourth quarter spurs comeback
“We’re playing well right now and I think we’re up for the challenge.”
What: GCHS girls basketball versus Green River
When: Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m.
Where: Grand County High School gymnasium, 608 S. 400 East