by Tad Barton
The San Juan girls basketball team got the week started off right for Bronco fans as they welcomed the Lady Red Devils of Grand County to the San Juan High gymnasium.
The Broncos defeated the Devils 53-39 on January 12.
The Lady Broncos used a balanced scoring attack with nine different players contributing to the score column in the win over their counterparts from Moab.
Then on January 13, the San Juan boys followed suit, defeating Grand’s boys 67-56 in Moab to improve to 3-0 in Region 15.
The Lady Broncos took control of their contest early and never looked back, besting the Lady Devils in each quarter of the game.
The game started out with San Juan jumping out to a 13-10 lead after one quarter of play. The Lady Broncos followed that up with a 12-10 second quarter to increase their lead to five points, 25-20 at the half.
Both teams struggled to score in the third quarter, but the Broncos again claimed the upper hand, outscoring the Red Devils 8-6, and expanding their lead to seven, 33-26
The fourth quarter was the highest scoring of the game as the teams combined for 30 points, the Broncos 17 and the Devils 13 respectively, resulting in a 53-39 win for San Juan.
Maddison Palmer’s 12 points led the Broncos and she added six rebounds and four steals.
Delaney Palmer owned the glass in the game pulling down 11 rebounds. She and Bodell Nielson also finished with eight points each.
Megan Grover netted six points and six rebounds, while Krystelle Noyes and Ryann Shumway each scored five points and had four rebounds. The two also combined for nine steals, six from Noyes and three from Shumway.
Alexis James chipped in four points for the game just ahead of Jordyn Moon, who finished with three points. Moon also had five assists and matched Noyes with six steals of her own. Nizhonii Begaye rounded out the scoring for the Broncos with two points.
San Juan’s next game comes early in the week, on Tuesday, January 17 against the region leading Emery Spartans, who are 3-0 in Region 15 play. On Saturday, January 21, the Lady Broncos travel to Manti to take on the Manti Templars.
San Juan enters the contest in third place in the Region 15 standings with a 2-1 record. Their only loss was at the hands of North Sevier, who are also 2-1 in region.
Just one night after the San Juan girls beat Grand, the boys followed up with a victory of their own, defeating the Red Devils in Moab by a score of 67-56.
The Broncos shot out to an 11-point lead in the first quarter, outscoring Grand 18-7 in the period.
In the second quarter, San Juan extended their lead to 14 points, topping the Red Devils for the second straight quarter 13-10 to take a 31-17 lead into the half.
All season long, the Broncos have dominated their competition in the third quarter and early in the period it looked as if they would do it again, building their lead up to 16 on two different occasions in the quarter.
Grand had other plans, however, and had their best offensive output of the night, scoring 21 points and cutting San Juan’s lead back to 11 points, trailing the Broncos 51-40 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Red Devils continued to claw their way back into the game in the fourth, pulling within six points on two times, but just didn’t have enough to overtake San Juan, who pulled away down the stretch to secure a 67-56 win.
San Juan had two players finish with double-doubles. Jordan Blake and Jaden Torgerson combined for 25 points and 21 rebounds, with Blake scoring 14 points and grabbing eleven boards and Torgerson finishing with eleven points and ten rebounds.
Dylan Ivins matched Blake’s 14 points and added seven rebounds of his own. Zach Brown also hit the double digit mark in points scored with 13 points and secured eight rebounds.
Jaxon Lee just missed being the fifth Bronco to score ten or more points, finishing with eight points and six rebounds for the game.
Landon Pemberton finished with four points, just one point ahead of Ramsey Holliday, who had three points in the game.
With the win, the Broncos improve to 3-0 in region play tied for the top spot with their next opponent, Emery who they will face Wednesday, January 18 in Castle Dale.
San Juan will then join the Lady Broncos in Manti on Saturday as they go up against the Templars. Both games are set to begin at 7 p.m.
The Bronco wrestling team was also in action this past weekend in Gunnison, UT at the Gunnison Valley Battle at the Pound Tournament.
San Juan finished in eighth place out of a field of 13 teams, including some of the top teams in Utah. Individually, the top wrestlers for the Broncos were DJ Howell, who finished in third place at 170 lbs., Coleman Black fourth place at 182 lbs., Grange Simpson also finishing fourth at 160 lbs. and YaKeisin Tso who placed fifth at 138 lbs.
Other Broncos who competed were Lymir Benn, who placed eighth at 120 lbs., J.C. Clinger, tenth at 132 lbs. and Druman Gomez, eighth at 220 lbs.,
The San Juan mat men return to action on Wednesday, January 18 when they host Grand at 6 p.m. in Blanding. They will then hit the road to Page, AZ on Friday and Saturday to compete in the Sand Devil Classic hosted by Page High School.