by Tad Barton
Whether it was struggling to score for short periods of time or entire quarters, the San Juan Broncos boys and girls basketball teams each took an early exit from their post season campaigns last weekend due to offensive struggles.
With three quarters of scoring less than ten points the Lady Broncos hung tough, but fell to the Judge Memorial Bulldogs 56-39 on February 16.
A day later, a slow stretch at the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter was enough to bury the San Juan boys as they lost to the Delta Rabbits, 82-68.
In the girls game San Juan opened the game with a 13-point first quarter, but still trailed Judge 18-13 after one.
The second quarter was closer, but the Bulldogs extended their lead outscoring San Juan 12-9, to take a 30-22 lead at half.
San Juan came out of the intermission and was able to take a small bite out of the Judge lead as the Broncos stepped up their defense to hold the Bulldogs to just eight points in the third quarter while scoring nine themselves to pull within 7-points, 38-31 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final period, it was all Judge as the Bulldogs dropped another 18 points on the Broncos who were only able to score eight points over the final eight minutes of play, giving Judge a 56-39 victory.
San Juan was led in scoring by Delaney Palmer who finished with 14 points to go with eight rebounds and three steals.
Bodell Nielson scored seven points and had six rebounds along with an assist and steal.
Coming off the bench, Syannah Ketchum gave the Broncos a boost with six points via two baskets from three-point range.
Lyandra Benn scored five points and had a rebound and Tasiah Little added four points, seven boards and a steal.
Madi Palmer finished with two points, six rebounds and an assist.
Brittany Grover rounded out the scoring with a point, three rebounds and three assists.
Kelesha Gray finished the game with four rebounds and two assists, Ryann Shumway had two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Katie Giddings pulled down a rebound for the Broncos.
On February 17, the San Juan boys got their turn to play in the opening round of the 3A state tournament. After jumping out to an 8-7 lead to start the game, the Broncos’ just couldn’t find a way to score as Delta finished the first quarter on a 14-0 run to take a 21-8 lead.
The Bronco scoring troubles continued inthe second quarter, resulting in the Rabbits building a 19-point lead by half, 39-20.
San Juan came to life in the third quarter, pouring in 26 as the Broncos heated up from beyond the arc. Delta scored 18 points for the quarter, to take a 57-46 lead into the fourth.
In the fourth, the Broncos continued to put pressure on the Rabbits, pulling to within six, but Delta put the game away from the free-throw line and picked up an 82-68 win.
The Broncos were led by Jaxon Torgerson with 25 points, including four treys, three rebounds and three assists.
Shaw Nielson put on a show behind the three-point line with 12 of 15 points coming from long range, and two rebounds.
Jaden Torgerson and Dylan Ivins each scored 11 points. Jaden added nine rebounds and an assist, while Ivins finished with seven rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Seth Pugh and Ryan Imlay added three points and had three rebounds and Pugh chipped in an assist and steal. Ramsay Holliday had an assist and steal, Landon Pemberton had a rebound and Baylr Eldredge had an assist.
The losses for San Juan officially cap the Winter sports season at San Juan. Thank you to the coaches and the players for their hard work and dedication.