by Tad Barton
After one of the most successful regular seasons in a number of years, a season that had San Juan playing for a share of the Region 15 Championship in their last regular season game, the Broncos bowed out early after the first round of the 2A State Tournament.
San Juan took control of a tight contest early on to hold a narrow two-point lead at the half, 24-22, but were unable to stay on top as the Wildcats eventually won the game 54-46.
In the first quarter, the Broncos claimed the momentum although only slightly with a three-point lead, 13-10.
Another tight quarter in the second saw South Summit trim into the Bronco lead as they were able to outscore San Juan 12-11 in the period, giving the Broncos a 24-22 lead at the intermission.
A slow quarter offensively, in which the Broncos scored only eight points, set San Juan with an uphill battle heading into the final quarter, trailing the Wildcats 36-32.
South Summit was then able to hold of San Juan down the stretch as the Wildcats netted 18 in the fourth, while holding the Broncos to 14, resulting in a 54-46 loss for San Juan.
Caleb Pugh and Jordan Blake scored 14 points each in the loss to pace the Broncos. Jaxon Lee finished the game with six points, just one ahead of Max Slavens who had five.
Jaden Torgerson chipped in three points, with Mason Bethea and Bronz Eldredge rounding out the scoring for San Juan with two points each.
The Lady Broncos also played in the opening round of the 2A State Tournament this past weekend in Orem, UT. San Juan was pitted against the top seeded Summit Academy Bears out of Region 16.
The Broncos lack of scoring in the second put them into a deep hole, which they were never able to climb out of in route to a 57-42 loss.
After a tight 14-13 first quarter, San Juan started the second quarter trailing by just one point.
The game didn’t stay close for long, though, as the Bears rattled off another 14 points while the Broncos managed a meager five points in the quarter to trail by 10 at the half, 28-18.
San Juan did battle back in the third, holding Summit Academy to nine points while scoring 15 points of their own to cut the lead to just four points, 37-33, heading into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Bears put the game away, outscoring the Broncos 20-9 to claim the 57-42 victory.
Tyla Morris tied for the game high scorer, scoring 20 points to lead the Broncos.
She was followed by Krista Grover and KrysTelle Noyse who had six points each. Lakesia Lopez was next with five points, while Megan Grover and Sharla Yanito each scored two points. Mary Royer rounded out the scoring for the Broncos with one point.
Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, had five seniors each on this year’s squads. Keaton Hiatt, Bronz Eldredge, Caleb Pugh, Mason Bethea and Max Slavens for the boys and Krista Grover, Sharla Yanito, Mary Royer, Lakesia Lopez and Tyla Morris for the girls.
These young men and women gave their all the last four seasons. They have entertained us, inspired us and at times amazed us with great plays, hustle and heart.
It has been quite the journey, full of ups and downs, but most importantly the great memories you were able to make with your coaches, teammates parents and fans.
Thank you for all your hard work, dedication and for the positive examples you have set for the youth who watch you. Good luck to each of you in whatever your future plans and goals may be.