Scots no match for Grizzlies
Ridgeline falls in OT
By Garrett Faylor sports writer
The Ben Lomond girls basketball team picked up yet another reason to steer clear of Cache Valley Tuesday night.
For the second time this year, the Scots braved the wild winter conditions only to endure a 40-point loss.
Alternative facts might say that Loganâs 64-21 win over Ben Lomond was close, competitive and exciting to watch, but we all know alternative facts is just another name for falsehoods.
Really, the Grizzlies took control from the tip and dominated all the way to the finish.
âThese games are always scary,â Logan head coach Josh Zentner said. âYou always feel â I feel there are a couple teams in our league, especially at the bottom, you expect them to surprise somebody, so I was happy that our girls came out and really played hard right away.â
Loganâs Tori Craner won the tipoff and rifled a pass ahead to Kira Peterson for an easy bucket just four seconds into the game.
The Grizzlies (6-10, 3-2 Region 11) scored on seven of their first nine possessions, while the Scots (1-14, 0-5) turned the ball over on their first six. On the seventh Ben Lomond possession Chae Reeves was fouled â the Scotsâ first shot attempt â and made her two free throws.
Logan raced ahead for a 22-4 first quarter. Peterson had six of her game-high 15 points in the first quarter, while Liz Timmerman had seven of her 11 points.
âWe play for each other,â Timmerman said. âI go out there, and I feel like Iâm playing for my team, and I know that if they see that Iâm open, theyâll give me a good assist, so it makes it easy to play with them. I really enjoy playing with this team.â
Ben Lomond nearly matched Loganâs offensive output in the second quarter, as it scored just three points less.
At the half, the Grizzlies led 37-16, but Zentner made sure to address his teamâs recent third quarter woes â averaging 4.6 points in the third quarter the last three games â just in case.
âAt halftime â itâs been a struggle the past couple games,â Craner said. âWe havenât come out strong in the third quarter, and so coach really was like, âOK, I need that starting five, I need you to come out strong in the third, show me that you can do it.â We just knew what we had to do, and we played hard. We moved the ball, which was good and got open shots.
Craner helped the Grizzlies to a 14-0 run to start the third quarter as she scored the first five and last five points of the run.
Logan led 55-19 and allowed just a single 3-pointer from Trinity Levi in the quarter.
With the game well out of reach, both team had their weakest offensive quarters of the game in the final quarter. Neither team scored until the 4:33 mark in the fourth.
âI think itâs always a good thing to get a W going into a big game,â Zentner said. âYou donât want to look ahead, but Ridgelineâs there, and thatâs a big game.â
Ridgeline will host Logan for the teamâ second meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. The Grizzlies defeated the Riverhawks, 49-46, at home earlier this year.
Craner and Timmerman both pitched in 11 points for the Grizzlies. In addition to her 15 points, Peterson led the Grizzlies in steals (four) and assists (three).
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Logan Grizzlies Varsity Defeat Ben Lomond (Ogden, UT)
Logan won 64-21 against Ben Lomond on Tuesday with the help of Kira Peterson, who scored 15 points.
A 22-4 run during the first quarter allowed Logan Grizzlies Varsity to pull ahead, eventually claiming a 37-16 lead by halftime.
Sinking 64% (7-for-11) of shots, Peterson had a solid performance from the field for Logan.
Two other players also scored in the double digits for Logan. Liz Timmerman racked up 11 points and Tori Craner scored 11 points. Also contributing for Logan were Sharron Wallace (6 points, 4 rebounds), Shay Anderson (5 points, 2 rebounds), Mia Marin (3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block), Katie Timmerma (3 points), and Aleya Zentner (2 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals). Marissa Dickson was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up eight rebounds and one steal.
Logan finished the game with 39 rebounds (15 offensive / 24 defensive), two blocks and 12 steals.