With three wins on the week, the Monticello Lady Bucks fought to the top of the heap in Region 19, along with Green River.
The Lady Bucks blasted a motivated Monument Valley team on Tuesday night, 62-38, behind Swayzi Slade’s 23 points. But listen to senior guard Abby Chadwick’s near quadruple double line; 14 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and seven steals. That’s WNBA stuff, isn’t it?
The Lady Bucks followed up that victory with two easy wins over Navajo Mountain and Pinnacle, a private school functioning in the old Notre Dame school building in Price.
Head coach Lee Chadwick said, “I’m very proud of the efforts the team has made this year to get better. One of the greatest things about the team this year is that they share a strong bond with each other.
“They are not afraid of making mistakes, and help and support each other as they do. Spectators that have been watching us over the season will recognize as each individual tries to do a little more or something different each game as they continually expand their skills.
“To attempt something new and recognize that your teammates will not look sideways at you for trying is a great environment the girls have developed. It gives them greater confidence, helps them have more fun, and ultimately be more successful. It is a very fun and inspiring group of girls to work with.
“Green River and Whitehorse were great wins for us. They are very tough teams who always give us a great match. The girls have learned, however, not to fear the close game but continue to work hard and play within themselves.
“Green River caught us the first game because we hadn’t quite learned that yet and broke down when they made a run. They have since developed a great trust in each other that helps us down the stretch in a tight game.
“We have focused a lot of this year on developing ways for us to score points, as that was a continual struggle last year. We feel that we can now get the shots we want pretty regularly, and are shooting much better than last year. In the process, however, we have pushed some of our defensive concepts to the back and it is time to focus hard these last three weeks in tightening up our defense.
“We have been quite sound in rebounding until the last couple of games, and we will work to re-establish the importance of this part of the game. When we rebound well to limit second chances, we win games.
“I think it will be an exciting remainder of the season.”
With the three wins, the Lady Bucks are 7-1 in region play and tied with the Pirates from Green River. They have grabbed a number four ranking in 1A.
Coach Justin Moon’s gals suffered their first region loss in a difficult manner to the Red Devils from Moab, 50-48. After cruising to a 17-point lead in the first half, the Red Devils came roaring back to steal the win at the end.
Three Broncos scored in double figures, with Jolene Kirk 13, Kelsi Meyer 13 and Brooke Lyman 11. Lyman and Ericka Grover posted 13 and 12 rebounds respectively, and the Lady Broncos swiped the ball from the Lady Devils 16 times. But it was not enough to overcome the comeback, fueled by behind 6’ 20 something Shelby Dalton, who poured in 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
The Lady Broncos bounced back by the tough loss to trounce the hapless Lady Bulldogs of Gunnison, 57-40. Kelsi Meyer poured in 27 points, with Brooke Lyman adding ten as the Lady Broncos rained in the threes. Meyer made three herself, with Lyman adding two and Lindsey Christensen also draining two.
The week leaves the Ladies from Blanding at 3-1 in region play and are ranked number three in 2A. A rematch with Grand will have already happened by press time.
Boys Boys Boys
The Monticello and San Juan boys teams are also ranked. Monticello (boasting two Duncans, two Wrights and a Young) is firmly entrenched in third, behind private schools Wasatch Academy (who boast an Aniulis, a Skeete, a Kaba, a Krajacic, and a Kurtev) and Liahona, who boasts a reporter for the Deseret News who is a father of the head coach and who seems to get all the headlines. (I’m not bitter).
Be that as it may, the Bucks had easy victories over Navajo Mountain and Pinnacle, 63-45 and 82-49. Cory Young had his best scoring game of the season against Pinnacle, pouring in 25 points, including two treys. Dallin Duncan added 19 points and Devin Wright 13.
San Juan blasted a talented Red Devil team from Moab, 58-38, on Wednesday behind AJ Slavens’ 22 points and five rebounds. The Broncos raced to an 18-4 first quarter lead and didn’t look back. Barkley Christensen added ten.
But the momentum shifted on Friday night in Gunnison when the Broncos, shooting only 33 percent from the free throw line (4-12) dropped a disappointing 56-44 loss to the Bulldogs.
Cameron Shumway and Logan Meyer both scored 11 in the loss. The 1-1 week leaves the boys from Blanding tied for second place in region at 2-2.