The Lady Buckaroo basketball team upended the San Juan Lady Broncos on November 22 in Blanding, 46-37.
Atlanta Black scored 23 points to lead the Bucks to their third win in a row on the season. Freshman Delaney Palmer came off the bench to lead the Bronco effort with 17 points in the season opener for the Broncos.
Ashley Adair helped the Buckaroo victory with eight points while Allie Maughan added six, including two crucial free throws in the last minute to seal the Buckaroo win.
Black gave the Bucks the lead early with five points and Adair added four as the Bucks led after one quarter, 14-8. Palmer scored five in the quarter for the Broncos to keep them close.
The Bucks stretched the lead to eight in the second quarter at 18-10 before Palmer led the Broncos back, outscoring the Bucks 12-2 in one stretch to briefly take the lead at 22-20.
But Alyssa Reeve pulled the Bucks even with a basket, and Black got a three-point play the hard way to give the Bucks a 25-22 lead at halftime. Black had seven points in the quarter and Reeve four.
The Bucks came out in the third quarter and quickly outscored the Broncos nine to two, pushing the lead back to 10 points at 34-24. Black started the scoring with five points, including a three pointer, with Maughan and Izabel Slade also scoring to the get the lead up to ten.
Again, the Broncos came back, holding the Bucks to one free throw the rest of the quarter while scoring seven to get within four points at 35-31.
The Broncos seemed to have the Bucks on their heels, but a timely jumper by Adair from the right side as the quarter ended put the Bucks up by six points, 37-31, heading into the fourth quarter, slowing the Bronco momentum.
Neither team could find the basket for the first few minutes of the last quarter, but when Black hit a big three pointer with four minutes left and Adair added a two-point bucket a minute later, the Bucks were up by 11 points, 42-31, and seemed to have the game in hand.
Not to be denied, however, Palmer and the Broncos came storming back one last time, to score three quick buckets, and suddenly it was 42-37 with less than two minutes left in the game.
But, it was the last gasp for the Broncos as Black stopped the Bronco run with a two-point bucket and Maughan added two free throws with 30 seconds left to seal the win for the Buckaroos.
In addition to a game high 23 points, Black added nine steals and five rebounds. Maughan contributed five steals and four rebounds while Izabel Slade pulled down eight rebounds and three assist to help the Buckaroo cause.
The win is the third straight for the Bucks over the Lady Broncos going back to last year. The Broncos and Bucks both have five victories a piece in the last ten games in the long rivalry, though San Juan leads over the last 10 years, 14 wins to six for the Buckaroos and since the year 2000, with 17 wins to 14 for the Bucks.
The Lady Bucks are 3-1 this season, after suffering an opening round loss to top-ranked Panguitch. They travel to Orderville this weekend to participate in the Valley Tourney.
Their first round opponent will be the host team, the Valley Buffaloes, whom the Buckaroos defeated at the 1A Preview just two weeks ago, 54-26. Atlanta Black scored 15 points in that first Buckaroo win of the season, with Ashley Adair scoring a career high 11 points and Allie Maughan adding nine points.
The game will tip-off in Orderville at 8 p.m. Friday night. Saturday, the Bucks will play either Tabiona or Green River, who are the other two teams in the tournament.
The Buckaroo JV will also play in the tournament, facing off against Tabiona at 3 p.m. on Friday and then lining up against host Valley or Green River on Saturday. Go Buckaroos!