<strong>LOGAN—</strong> The Lady Grizz had a raucous home-court advantage, a tribute to departing seniors and the third-best region record on their side Tuesday night.
Someone forgot to tell valley-rival Mountain Crest.
The Mustangs took the reins halfway through the first quarter and never looked back, cruising to a 58-45 win over the Grizzlies to spoil the Logan’s Senior Night. Sophomore McCayla Hanks and senior Kelsee Nelson led a balanced Mountain Crest (8-12, 3-7) scoring attack with 12 and nine points, as eight Mustangs put points on the board in their regular-season finale.
Catherine Mount led Logan (11-10, 4-6) with 15 points in the losing effort, and fellow senior Megan Mills added 14.
“We had teamwork and control, we didn’t freak out in the last minute,” Hanks said. “We just kept our intensity up and didn’t let it go down.”
With the win, Mountain Crest is in a three-way tie for the final Region 5 playoff spot with Box Elder and Roy, who both lost Tuesday. Mountain Crest interim head coach Amanie Crosbie said her team tried to ignore the distractions of possible playoff scenarios and just focus on winning their final regular-season game.
“We just knew we needed to go and take care of what we needed to take care of,” Crosbie said. “We’ve been fighting, we’ve been in these close games, but just couldn’t quite finish. This win was a big step for us.”
Mountain Crest went on an 11-1 run to close the first quarter after Logan jumped out to a 5-0 lead. The Mustangs were able to get looks under the basket, while turnovers plagued both teams.
Logan kept the game close in the second quarter behind a couple of Mills 3-pointers and tough defense. However, Hanks got two easy baskets in the post and Kelsey Kartchner was able to get a put-back off her own missed free-throw near the end of the quarter to keep the Mustangs in the lead, 23-18.
Mountain Crest squelched any hope of a Grizzlies comeback in the third quarter by exploding for 21 points and ending the quarter on a 10-0 run. Nelson had seven in the period for the Mustangs, who led 44-28 after three.
Crosbie was pleased with her team’s focus and energy in the decisive quarter.
“Defense was key, it gave us the little spark,” Crosbie said. “We hit some easy shots and finally got the ball outside. It was really balanced, and for us to play well, that’s what we need. That third quarter makes or breaks you sometimes, so we just wanted to make sure we came out executing with a lot of energy.”
Mount scored eight points in the fourth to try to lead a Logan comeback, but the deficit was simply too large overcome. The Grizzlies had a hard time getting the ball down low to senior Lauren Mott, which led them to take a lot of low-percentage outside shots. Mountain Crest made four free-throws down the stretch to seal the win
Logan head coach Sally Fiefia credited Mountain Crest’s effort and recognized that her team needs to retool its efforts for the state playoffs next week.
“Mountain Crest showed up, they played really well,” Fiefia said. “We just need to put this behind us, find out who we are playing and move on to the next team. We just need to practice and prepare.”
For several players on both teams, this was the final opportunity to shine before their hometown fans.
“It’s been an up and down season, but our seniors have big hearts,” Crosbie said. “They work hard and are so coachable. They want to do everything you ask them to do. When they leave, they’ll leave a great legacy behind as players.”