WG boys earn pair of wins
Sky-Hi News sports correspondent
In basketball action last week for the West Grand High School Mustangs, the boys defeated Hayden and DeBeque to improve their record to 6-2, while the girls were topped by Hayden and saw their record slip to 2-5.
The boys defeated Hayden on Friday night, 68-55, in a game that saw senior Travis Gore score 31 points. The game in DeBeque was a bit of a physical battle as 44 fouls were whistled and 48 free throws shot in a game that the Mustangs survived, 56-45.
The Hayden boys have had a pretty good run in recent years, reaching the state tournament two years ago and competing for the league title last season.
In Friday night’s game, the Tigers took a 20-15 first quarter lead, as Hunter Johnston hit two three-pointers and Hayden scored six points off of offensive rebounds.
A defensive adjustment by Coach Leo Pesch of West Grand at the quarter, however, slowed the Tigers down and Hayden only scored 14 points in the next two quarters. The game opened up in the fourth quarter and the Tigers outscored the Mustangs, 21-20, but West Grand had built a large enough advantage to earn the victory.
In addition to the 31 points scored by Gore, Hunter Gasvoda and Zach Ahrens scored 10 points apiece while Casey Gore tacked on nine points and Nick Ritschard contributed with five tallies. Travis Gore led the team in rebounds with 14 while Gasvoda ripped down seven caroms.
Leo Pesch led the team in assists with five, while Casey Gore had five steals and four assists.
Dillon Willson had one assist, but it was of the crowd-pleasing variety. The sophomore ran down a long outlet pass and appeared to be going out of bounds. However, he flipped the ball back over his head to a trailing Travis Gore who scored an easy layup.
Against DeBeque, the Mustangs survived by holding DeBeque to 45 points. It was a close game throughout, but a 26-16 point advantage in the second and third quarters proved to be the decisive factor in the game for West Grand.
Ritschard led the team in scoring with 14 points, while Travis Gore tallied 12 points and Casey Gore had nine points. Travis Gore again led the team in rebounds with 11, while Ritschard and Ahrens grabbed six boards and Gasvoda ran down five rebounds. Ritschard led the team in steals with four and in assists with three.
The Lady Mustangs lost 70-20 to team from Hayden that has been a state-championship contender for the past several years. The Mustangs played a very good first quarter, but the Tigers gained the upper hand in the game and gradually built the lead until the final advantage was earned.
Sarah Vance led the team in scoring as Coach Sara Mortensen’s team gains footing in league play. The team only shot 17 percent in the game, according to Coach Mortensen.
“We can’t win if we don’t get the ball in the net,” she said. “When we run the offense right, we get good looks, which results in made baskets. We didn’t capitalize on our offense and we let the big girls from Hayden intimidate us.
“We are becoming a good team,” Mortensen added. “The girls just need to believe they are good and put all past losses, from this year and especially previous years, behind them.”
The Lady Mustangs junior varsity had another strong win, as they defeated Hayden, 50-33.
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