Lady Grizzlies pull off upset
By Taylor Emerson sports writer 12 hrs ago (0)
Through two quarters of play, the game seemed all but certain.
In the third quarter, things were shaky and in the fourth, it was anything but absolute. In overtime, it was anyoneâs guess.
However, with the final buzzer, Logan had done it.
Loganâs girls basketball team had secured an overtime victory over Region 11 powerhouse Juan Diego, 55-54, saving the Grizzliesâ Senior Night and marking Loganâs first victory over the Eagles in five tries dating back to 2011.
Loganâs win also snapped Juan Diegoâs eight-game winning streak and hands the first-place Eaglesâ their first loss in Region 11 play on the season. For the Grizzlies, the victory elevated the team to the .500 mark in region competition and saved them from a third-straight defeat.
âThat was tense,â Logan senior forward Sharron Wallace said. âWe knew that was our last game on the home court, so we had to give it all we had. We had to do something and put our stamp on this season somehow. This is huge for us.â
However, Logan was not initially out to play spoiler. In fact, many Grizzly players were unaware of the Soaring Eagleâs hot streak prior to the game. Rather, the girls in crimson and gold were out to secure a celebration for their two injured teammates, Kira Peterson and Makayla Dahl.
âWe had to give them something,â LHS guard Samalie Prom said. âWeâve definitely miss playing with them and having them out on the court with us, so we played for them and for each other.â
The one-point margin of victory was the closest game the Grizzlies had experienced since their comeback 63-62 win over Sky View on Dec. 22 of last season. Coincidentally, several of Loganâs six seniors marked that same game as their favorite memory during the Grizzliesâ senior ceremony prior to tip-off.
âIt feels amazing right now,â Wallace said. âIt really is a pride thing. We needed something to build our confidence. I mean, weâd been in a big, big hole, so I think this will help us a lot.â
Wallaceâs head coach, Josh Zentner, agreed.
âThis year has been nothing short of a battle,â Zentner said. âThis is a program with a new coach, a new system and the players have had to adapt on the fly. But I think this win shows that weâve turned a corner. Iâm proud of those girls tonight.â
Logan led in all but three minutes of play during the first half, holding Juan Diego to only 10 points in the first quarter and just nine in the second. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies had a 12-point first quarter performance, followed by a 15-point second quarter.
However, in the third quarter Juan Diego stormed from a 12-point deficit to tie the game. A contentious fourth quarter followed, with eight lead changes, culminating with a tied game at 48-48 at the end of regulation.
Overtime followed suit with five lead changes, but ultimately a Tori Craner lay-in broke a 52-52 tie. A clutch free throw from Prom iced the game with time winding down.
Logan had three players with double digits in the scoring column. Craner led with 13 points to her name, followed by Liz Timmerman with 11 and Prom, who chipped in 10.
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Logan Grizzlies Varsity Emerge Victorious Against Juan Diego Catholic (Draper, UT)
Logan defeated Juan Diego Catholic 55-54 in overtime on Thursday.
Logan Grizzlies Varsity broke away early after a 15-point second quarter, running up the lead to 27-19 by halftime.
Tori Craner was on the ball for Logan, making 63% (5-for-8) of shots attempted and hitting 50% (3-for-6) of free throws attempted.
Two other players also racked up double digit scores for Logan. Liz Timmerman racked up 11 points and Samalie Prom contributed 10 points. Also contributing for Logan were Sharron Wallace (6 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal), Mia Marin (6 points, 2 rebounds), Shay Anderson (4 points, 10 rebounds), Aleya Zentner (3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block), and Nicole Nye (2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals).
Logan finished the game with 42 rebounds (13 offensive / 29 defensive), three blocks and four steals.