Bucks open region play
by Scott Boyle
Jan 11, 2012 | 5514 views | 0 0 comments | 121 121 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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Is January nearly half over already?  And it hasn’t snowed in three weeks?  And the weather has been perfect for hiking the canyons of San Juan?  And we still have the January thaw to come?  We need the snow, seriously, but I have a hard time not enjoying the nice weather.

Even with the weather distractions, Monticello boys and girls got back into basketball mode last Wednesday with home matchups with Navajo Mountain.  The girls had a close game in their first region contest, scoring the last six points of the game to win.

The boys made short work of the Navajo Mountain boys in their return to the court and in their home debut Wednesday.  The boys rushed to a 27-0 first quarter lead, which they stretched to 42-0 before the outmatched Jaguars could find the hoop. 

Leading 48-5 by halftime, the Bucks nevertheless did an excellent job stopping the fastbreak in the second half... their own fastbreak.  And the Jaguars finally found the hoop in the second half, setting a record of some sorts. 

The final score was 78-26, with all the Jimmers’...er... Jaguar’s points, with the exception of two free throws, coming from three point land. 

I looked, but couldn’t find a game in the history files where a team had zero two point field goals. 

In the second half, the Jags opened it up to sink seven of ‘em, eight for the game.  NM’s Alex Gishie led all scorers with 14 points, including three of those treys.

Twelve Buckaroos scored for coach Tony Esplin, led by Austin Maloy with 12, Chase Doucet with 11 and Zach Johnson tossing in 10. 

Gunner Hollingsworth and Nash Freestone both contributed eight points.  Tanner Eardley had the Bucks only three pointer. 

All the local b-ball teams will be back in action this week, with the Bucks, boys and girls, hosting Monument Valley on Friday. 

A couple of weeks ago I wrote this about the Lady Cougars:

“A team to watch out for this year might be the Monument Valley Lady Cougars, who have a glossy 6-1 record including the big win over San Juan and who sport the third leading scorer in the state in Destinee Holiday. 

Holliday is averaging 21 points a game, and tossed in 29 in MV’s big win over the Broncos.  The Cougars boast two other players also averaging in double figures in Jandra Nelson (13 points per game) Cassidy Augustine (11) and are averaging 62 points a game, third highest in the state behind 5A schools Syracuse (69) and Bingham (63).” 

The Lady Cougars have come to Monticello having upped their record to a 8-1 record .  Should be a great game Friday night.  The MV boys are not quite as successful, with a 3-4 record though they are 1-0 in region with a 59-56 win over Pinnacle. 

San Juan boys, off for 21 days, return with a vengeance with three games this week, at Cortez on Tuesday, and home against Richfield and South Sevier on Friday and Saturday as they finally open region play with a 4-5 preseason record. 

The Lady Broncos, at 8-3 on the year, travel to Richfield and South Sevier to open region play. 

The gals from Blanding, played in the Wayne Holiday Classic during the Christmas holidays and split their two games.  They first dropped a close contest to Duchesne, 44-40, before shellacking the Altamont Longhorns, 40-18, the next day. 

Brook Lyman led the Lady Broncos with 10 points, while Juanita Royer (nine) and Lindsey Christensen (eight) paced the Broncos in the Altamont win.  Sam Giddings and Teal Palmer both added seven in a balanced scoring effort for coach Justin Moon’s cohorts.

In my “storybook” report last week, I wrote about the Lady Broncos’ softball title and L’Sha Eldredges storybook home run off Grand’s stellar pitcher, to give the Broncos the title.  A little followup. 

Eldredge, a sophomore pitcher for coach Craig Swenson’s 2011 state champion Lady Broncos and poised to become the Broncos number one pitcher in 2012, developed a problem in her shoulder last summer after the state title run, a problem that landed her in the hospital in SLC for a week. 

It seems that a genetic defect in her shoulder was pinching blood vessels in her shoulder and causing circulation problems. 

Surgery was performed to fix the problem, though not fixed enough to allow Eldredge to pitch again.  She’ll still play softball, but won’t be the pitcher on the mound for the Lady Broncos this year, she’ll be swinging that potent bat.
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