Just what they needed: Logan girls thump Grace, end losing streak
By Garrett Faylor sports writer
Slumpinâ ainât easy.
The Logan girls basketball team came into Tuesday nightâs matchup with Grace, Idaho, dragging a heavy five-game losing streak behind it.
The Grizzlies had won only two of their 10 games; two they lost by double digits â one an embarrassing 42-point blowout at the hands of Sky View â but the rest had been within an average of five points.
Things just never clicked â until Tuesday
Logan scored enough points in the first quarter to rout Grace, 64-20.
âIt was what we needed,â Logan head coach Josh Zentner said. âI was proud of the girls. Idaho teams, we got a taste of them this summer; they just play hard. I just wanted to see intensity matched for four quarters. Weâve had bits and pieces of times that were good, and I wanted to see a consistent effort, and thatâs what we saw today.â
The Grizzlies (3-8) hustled from whistle to whistle Tuesday night.
Logan led 21-5 after the first quarter, thanks, in part, to six offensive rebounds and 10 Grace (3-12) turnovers â six of which were steals.
âWe knew coming into it that it was going to be a good game, that we wanted the W, we wanted to come off our losing streak, so we kind of just had the mindset that we wanted to play as hard as we could, that we needed to play as a team, that we needed to get together and know what we needed to do,â Tori Craner said.
Craner, who had six offensive rebounds, a steal and a block in the game, was a big factor in the strong start, as was fellow bigs Sharron Wallace and Shay Anderson, who combined, equally, for eight offensive rebounds.
âCoach has really pressed us,â Craner said. âWeâve done a lot of rebounding drills in practice, a lot of foul shot drills, a lot of things like that, and so finally to come together â we have a couple girls who are really good rebounders. Liz Timmerman, I mean she crashes hard, and I love to play with her and see her come in. Rebounds do make such a big difference in the game, so just if we can do that, I mean, itâs our game.â
Logan went on to hold Grace to just two points in the second quarter to extend its lead to 33-7.
âI think this win was a little bit of everything, like them coming in and getting rebounds for us, and then us executing the plays that we were doing and actually running through it and getting the open girl, just moving the ball around. I think everything contributed to the win,â Kira Peterson said.
Logan led 52-11 after three quarters and, despite allowing the most points in a quarter â nine â in the fourth, the Grizzlies still outscored their opponents, 12-9, to finish the game strong.
Peterson led all scorers with 15 points. She knocked down three of Loganâs seven 3-pointers.
Peterson had more support in this, Loganâs highest team point total, than she has all year.
âIâve been hounding the girls besides Kira to have it in their minds that theyâre capable, that they have to have the mindset to want to score,â Zentner said. âLiz came off the bench and hit a 3-pointer right away. Thatâs what she should be doing. Then Mia (Marin) got her first start tonight. She had 10 against Mountain Crest, so we know sheâs talented offensively.â
Marin, who sat earlier in the year with a broken finger, scored 12 points, and Anderson (eight). Timmerman (seven points) and Aleyah Zentner (seven) all improved upon the supporting castâs past outings.
Next up for Logan is a home game, Saturday, against Jerome, Idaho, at 4 p.m.