Coach Lee Chadwick and the Lady Buckaroos finished their basketball season one day short of their preseason goal, (to play all four days at state) after a second loss at the girls state 1A tournament in Richfield.
The Monticello gals got a bad case of cold shooting, along with the flu which ravaged several players, all of which ended up shortening their stay at state after losses to Panguitch and Manila and a win over Milford.
Against the Panguitch Bobcats, the eventual fifth place winner, the Bucks came out like icicles, while the Bobcats were the exact opposite.
Missing their first 12 shots while watching Panguitch make eight of their first 12 shots, the Lady Bucks found themselves down 16-0 after one quarter. The Bobcats kept up the onslaught, at one point in the game they had made 27 of 35 shots. That’s 77 percent, rending the 60-32 final result explicable. Abby Chadwick got going in the second half to pace the Bucks with 17 points, including two treys.
In the consolation round, the Bucks found themselves matched up against Milford, a team they lost to in December in overtime.
This time, it was the Lady Bucks who could hardly miss, and their tight man-to-man defense kept the Tigers out of the basket as they raced to a 16-4 lead halfway through the second quarter.
Behind Chadwick’s 11 points, Brittany Keith’s eight and Loren Randall and Jamie Keyes’ seven, the Lady Bucks maintained the lead, surviving one more day 42-28.
But it was other woes against Manila on Friday. The ladies from Monticello High shot ok, they just couldn’t get any shots.
Turning the ball over the first five times they got the ball allowed Manila to jump to an 8-0 lead. The Lady Bucks couldn’t get a shot off until the 3:30 mark of the first quarter, giving Manila a lead the Lady Bucks could never overcome, though they got within three points numerous times during the course of the game.
Manila finally triumphed 45-35, ending the Lady Bucks season at 14-9. Chadwick finished off her stellar career with 20 points, including five treys and three more points when fouled while shooting a three.
Binary Buck boys
The Buckaroo boys of coach Rhett Maughan continued their march to the state tournament with three impressive wins in the past week and a half.
The Bucks avenged another of their three losses when they traveled to Bayfield, CO to best the Bobcats, 72-23. Ten Buckaroos scored with three hitting double figures, Devin Wright (20), Dallin Duncan (17), and Cory Young (11), as the Bucks blitzed the Bobcats.
Against Pinnacle, the Bucks had eight Bucks score and three in double figures, Young (14), Duncan (12), and Gunnar Hollingsworth (10), as the Bucks also doubled up Pinnacle, 58-29.
Then, the Monument Valley Cougars crumbled under the Buckaroo assault and succumbed 74-38 as nine Bucks scored and four hit double figures, Duncan (26), Young (13), Wright and Jake Duncan (10).
Dallin Duncan had a double double with 14 rebounds to go with his 26 points. Young flirted with a triple double with eight rebounds and seven assists, along with his 13 points.
And are you noticing the number of points the Bucks are allowing? Still number one in the state, only giving up 40 points a game. The Bucks final regular season game is this week at Green River.
Did you hear that big sigh of relief coming from Blanding? Both the Lady and Boy Broncos made it through the infamous play-in game at Snow College Friday and Saturday with gutty victories. Not in several years have both teams made it past this annual 2A ritual.
The 14-6 Lady Broncos of coach Justin Moon pulled out a hard fought 44-37 victory over the Parowan Rams. Behind Kelsi Meyer’s 22 points, the Lady Broncos used a strong fourth quarter to pull away from a tie game to earn the trip to the 2A state tournament. The reward for winning, a matchup against the number one ranked and 21-1 Enterprise Wolves. Wolves are endangered, you know.
Coach Wade Mortensen’s boys jumped on their opponent, the boy version of the Enterprise Wolves, right from the opening tip and raced to a 71-61 win. The Blanding boys built a huge 23-10 lead at the first quarter mark and cruised from there. Enterprise made it a little interesting, cutting a 17 point third quarter lead to six in the fourth quarter but the Broncos prevailed.
Tyler Nielson and Logan Meyer led the charge from the guard line with 21 and 19 points respectively. Cameron Shumway added 12.
Next up for the Broncos is 17-5 Parowan, who are ranked just behind the #4 ranked Broncos in #5.