Logan girls mired in slump, fall to Weber
By Garrett Faylor sports writer
Allâs well that endâs well, except for when the middle is not so great.
The Logan girls basketball team started and finished Tuesdayâs home game strong but wound up on the wrong side of a lopsided run through the middle two quarters.
Logan fought back but fell, 46-42, to Weber at Crimson Court.
âWe started off with a really high intensity,â Loganâs Kira Peterson said. âWe came out and were playing our kind of game and like we got the lead. As we were getting up and noticed we were getting up by a few, our intensity kind of dropped, and then they brought it, and we couldnât equal it. It all came down to effort, and they had a little bit more at the end.â
The two teams battled back and forth in the first quarter. Starting at 10-7, in favor of Logan, the Grizzlies (2-6) ripped of a 13-2 run into the second quarter.
The Warriorsâ (6-2) defense slammed the brakes on the Logan offense at that point, and then stomped on the accelerator. Weber used a 13-2 run to close out the first half to trail 25-22.
That run wound on to the end of the third quarter, where the Warriors stretched the advantage to 24-3 â Logan managed just one made free throw in the third quarter.
âI think itâs, right now, Kiraâs our option offensively, and weâve got to have someone step up,â Logan head coach Josh Zentner said. âTheyâre going to make adjustments to Kira. Kira gets tired, and weâve got to be able to find ways to get other buckets. I think Tori (Craner) can do that. I think Sharron (Wallace) could do that, and then we got to have someone on the perimeter thatâs willing to do that.â
In the run that lasted 22 minutes of game time, the Grizzlies shot 1 for 17 from the field, 1 for 4 from the free throw line and turned the ball over four times.
âItâs rough,â Peterson said. âNone of us were really feeling it. Personally, I was like âOK, Iâm not hitting anything, I got to hit someone else.â Overall we just struggled as a team to execute. None of us were really like being patient. We were all just kind of going everywhere. It affected all of us so we couldnât score.â
Logan finally got back on track in the fourth quarter.
Despite the lull, the Grizzlies trailed 33-26 heading into the final frame. Then they trailed by as much as 10 with four minutes left in the game. Samalie Prom scored a bucket and then split a pair of free throws. Wallace had a pair of steals. Nicole Nye scored. Then Peterson drilled a 3-pointer to cut the lead back to four. Peterson hit another 3 later â she had six on the night â but four points was as close as the Grizzlies would get.
Peterson finished with a game-high 26 points.
Logan will play at Sky View Thursday at 7 p.m.