<strong>HYRUM—</strong> In a battle of valley rivals, it was the Lady Grizzlies who used a big second half to propel themselves to victory over Mountain Crest Tuesday evening, 53-37.
Catherine Mount led Logan with 17 points, while Lauren Mott was right behind her with 15 points. The Grizzlies jumped out to a 14-6 lead by the end of the first quarter, but went stone cold in the second quarter, scoring just two points.
The Mustangs weren’t much more productive in the second stanza, but behind a whale of a game from Kelsey Kartchner – 12 points, 17 rebounds – MC was able to climb back into the game by halftime, trailing 16-11 at the break.
After the bad second quarter, both teams exploded after the intermission, but it was the Grizzlies who extended their lead with a 23-16 advantage in the quarter. Megan Mills joined Mount and Mott will double figures as she finished with 12 points.
Katie Wallentine scored 12 for Mountain Crest, but no other Mustang had more than four points and the Grizzlies continued to pull away in the fourth. Rebounding was a big factor for Logan, which attempted more than twice as many shots as the Grizzlies. MC shot an impressive 65 percent for the game, but attempted just 23 shots to Logan’s 48.
Logan (9-6, 2-2) will now face a tough stretch as the Grizzlies face the top two teams in Region 5 in their next two games. First, Logan will host another valley rival, Sky View, Thursday at 7 p.m., before traveling to undefeated Bonneville on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The Grizzlies have yet to play the Bobcats this season, but lost to the Lakers, 55-35, in Logan earlier this year.
After a three game winning streak, Mountain Crest (5-9, 0-4) has now lost five straight games and is winless in Region 5 action. The Mustangs will look to get off the schneid when they host Roy Thursday at 7 p.m.
<strong>BOBCATS 68, BEES 32</strong>
Sky View had five players reach double figures, led by Tara Goldman’s near triple-double (18 points, 10 rebounds, 9 steals), and the Bobcats easily defeated Box Elder in Region 5 action, 68-32.
The Bobcats tallied 19 points in the first quarter, owned an 11 point lead after the first eight minutes, and never looked back. Danee Evans tallied 13 points, Lindsey Koford added 10 points, and Kendra Falslev and Lindsey Jensen each added 10 points and eight rebounds in a game that was all Sky View.
Box Elder had no answer for the Bobcats who held the Bees to single-digit scoring in all but the second quarter, and outscored the Bees in every period. Sky View owned 11, six, 10, and nine point advantages in each respective quarter on its way to the 36 point victory.
The Bobcats (13-2, 3-1) now have back-to-back games against valley rivals as they finish off the week with a game at Logan Thursday, before hosting Mountain Crest on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Both games are at 7 p.m.