Riverhawk girls draw even, avenge earlier loss to Logan
By Garrett Faylor sports writer
MILLVILLE â If weâre lucky, weâll get a rubber match.
After the Logan girls basketball team outlasted Ridgeline earlier this year at home, the two teams met again Thursday for another exciting matchup.
Once again the win went to the home team as the Riverhawks held off the Grizzlies, much the same as the Grizzlies had to do in the first game, for a 46-41 win.
âVery similar, lots of intensity,â Ridgelineâs Bailie Crosbie said. âIt was a close game the whole time.â
The two teams were separated by no more than four points until two minutes remained in the third quarter. Even then, the third quarter ended with Ridgeline (10-5, 3-3) leading by one point.
âI was hoping I could get a little more breathing room, but Logan came ready to play, and obviously my girls came ready to play,â RHS head coach Ainlsli Jenks said. âIt was a good rival basketball game.â
The game was tied a total of eight times. After finishing the first quarter tied at 11, Logan (6-11, 3-3) took its last lead of the game 30 seconds into the second quarter. But the Grizzlies continued to battle.
âIt was a great game,â Logan head coach Josh Zentner said. âI felt like we were just barely hanging by only a string. It was more of a struggle just trying to stay in the game, and then we worked so hard. Sharron Wallace stepped up there, had a little stretch to get us tied at 39. Then it was whoâs going to come down and make some plays. We werenât able to do that.â
Ridgeline led 21-19 at the half and then 33-32 after three quarters.
Wallace was a major factor for Logan in the fourth quarter as she cut the lead to one with and and-1 play, then tied the game at 36 with an offensive rebound and putback.
On the other end Shanna Barrett knocked down a 3, but Wallace came right back down the other way and hit a 3 of her own.
âI really wasn’t expecting that to happen,â Wallace said. âNo one expects that from a post, but I just knew, you know, just be confident in that shot and throw it up and hope and pray it goes in. I just knew that no one was stepping up and I had to do something and start something off for us so that we all could feed off the energy and get some points on the board.
Wallace scored seven of her nine points in the fourth quarter before fouling out with 12 seconds left in the game.
By then, the Riverhawks had won back the lead on a free throw from Hope Wuthrich.
Emma Anderson hit two more freebies after a Logan miss, and Wuthrich went back to the line to stretch the lead to the final score.
Free throws were a large part of Ridgelineâs win, as the Riverhawks shot 15 of 19 from the line. The Grizzlies knocked down 6 of 9.
âI think when we attack the basket and get after it, good things happen for us, whether it’s we get fouled and get to the line, or we get a kick out and hit a big shot, or we score with an inside shot,â Jenks said. âI think that’s something we’ve really tried to work on, our inside-out game. That’s something we’ve focused on this week and especially with Logan tonight.â
Crosbie led all scorers with 15 points. Sophia Wright added 11 points for Ridgeline. Wallace and Kira Peterson led Logan with nine points. Wallace also had nine rebounds.
Logan hosts Morgan Tuesday, while Ridgeline will head to Bear River. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.
GAME CHANGER writeup:
Logan Grizzlies Varsity Fall Short Against Ridgeline (Millville, UT)
Although Sharron Wallace put nine points on the scoreboard, Logan fell to Ridgeline 46-41. Ridgeline (Millville, UT) grabbed the lead against Logan Grizzlies Varsity on a two-pointer from Ashley Nielsen in the second period and held on.
Wallace led the charge for Logan’s offense, scoring nine points, with seven points during the fourth period. She also contributed nine rebounds and one steal.
Also helping the effort for Logan were Kira Peterson (9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal), Tori Craner (6 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block), Liz Timmerman (3 points, 5 rebounds), Mia Marin (2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block), Samalie Prom (2 points, 2 rebounds), Marissa Dickson (2 points), and Aleya Zentner (2 points).
Logan finished the game with 35 rebounds (15 offensive / 20 defensive), two blocks and four steals.