SJHS GBB vs Grand
SJHS GBB vs Emery
by Tad Barton
The Lady Broncos two basketball games last week couldn’t have been any further apart on the spectrum. After falling to Emery 71-35 on Thursday, January 18, San Juan rebounded two nights later, defeating the Grand County Red Devils 54-36 in Moab.
It didn’t take long for the Emery Spartans to take control of the game against the Broncos. A huge first quarter where Emery scored 34 points and only surrendered five, was almost enough on its own to doom San Juan.
The second quarter was a bit more competitive, as the Spartans checked out of the press they used throughout the first quarter. Still, the Broncos fell further behind, as they were outscored 16-7 and trailed their guest 50-12 at the half.
Emery pushed their lead to 65-21 after they once again outscored San Juan 15-9 in the third. The Broncos fought hard all night despite the score and managed to get the better of the Spartans in the fourth quarter, 14-6, resulting in a 71-35 final.
Madi Palmer led the Broncos with eleven points. She was followed by Delaney Palmer who finished with seven and Kelesha Gray who had six. Ryan Shumway chipped in four points, Syannah Ketchum had three and Tasiah Little and Katie Giddings each scored two points.
On Saturday night in Moab, the Broncos used a strong start and finish to get back into the win column against the Red Devils, 56-34.
In the first quarter San Juan dropped 18 on Grand, while giving 15 up to the Red Devils. Both teams fell off in their offensive production in the second, as each team only scored six points, resulting in a 24-21 San Juan lead at halftime.
The lackluster offensive performance continued in the third quarter, but the Broncos were able to add to their lead, outscoring the Red Devils 8-7 in the period.
In the fourth quarter, San Juan once again found their offensive stride, as they put the game away down the stretch, scoring 24 while holding Grand to just eight, to pick up the 56-34 win.
Bodell Nielson led the Broncos in scoring with 24 points. Delaney Palmer also hit double digits in scoring with twelve and Little barely missed being the third Bronco with ten or more points, finishing with nine. Madi Palmer netted seven points, while Gray and Shumway each finished with two.
A slow second quarter cost the San Juan boys a win on the road against Emery last Friday, January 19, as they fell to the Spartans 77-70.
After a tight first quarter where San Juan trailed Emery by only two points, 19-17, the Spartans took advantage of the Bronco’s lack of offense in the second, outscoring San Juan 22-11 in the period and taking a 41-28 lead at the half.
The Broncos kept pace with the Spartans in the third quarter, but Emery once again claimed the upper hand, besting San Juan by three, 21-18, giving the Spartans a 62-46 lead heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, the Broncos battled back cutting the Spartan lead to just three, 73-70, with two minutes left in the game.
On Emery’s next possession it looked as though San Juan would pull within one when Jaxon Torgerson stole the ball from the Spartans. Instead Torgerson was called for a foul, resulting in free throws for Emery.
The Broncos were forced to foul to conserve time down the stretch, and the Spartans took advantage at the free throw line to secure the win, 77-70, over the Broncos.
Jaxon Torgerson led San Juan with 16 points. Not far behind was Shaw Nielson with 15. Dylan Ivins finished with 13, and Jaden Torgerson had eleven. Ryan Imlay scored eight, Ramsey Holiday had three, and Seth Pugh finished with two.
The San Juan wrestling team defeated Grand in a home dual on Wednesday, January 17. The final team score was San Juan 39, Grand 24.
Matthew Blackhorse defeated Kylah Ricks 9-8 at 106 lbs. Seth Spackman won by forfeit at 126 lbs. Landon Burke won by forfeit at 132 lbs. Ayden Lampo won by forfeit at 140 lbs.
JC Clinger won by forfeit at 152 lbs. Grange Simpson won by forfeit at 170 lbs. DJ Howell defeated Trea Meyer by fall at 182 lbs. In an exhibition match, Seth Spackman defeated Malachi Ricks by fall.
The Broncos also participated in the Sand Devil Classic held in Page, AZ where Grange Simpson placed first at 170 lbs.