The Lady Mustang basketball team has jumped out to a 2-0 start to its season following a 48-47 win over Grandview Christian on Nov. 26. Davis County hosted Grandview Christian for the first time. The two teams have a two-year contract to play one another and will meet once during the 2020-21 schedule next year.
The game was well played by both schools and showed some promise for Davis County in terms of offense. The Lady Mustangs didn’t have anyone dominate the scoring. In fact, Davis County didn’t have anyone finish in double figures. That is concerning, but didn’t caused problems for the Lady Mustangs as four five players scored seven points or more in the game.
Point guard Hannah Schooley and post player Morgan Petefish led the scoring with nine points each. Sophie Spargur and Macy Hill each added eight points while Brett Barker came off the bench to score seven points.
Grandview Christian came into the game with a 2-0 record after scoring a 49-15 win over Saydel and a 48-46 win over Newton. They kept their scoring average consistent despite Davis County’s defensive efforts to slow them down.
Davis County jumped out to another quick start against Grandview in this game. Davis County used its transition game and also pounded the ball inside to score points and take advantage of the aggressiveness the girls have been playing with as they start the season.
One of the reasons for the success is the focus that has been placed on rebounding. Coach David Mason has been working with this year’s squad to be more aggressive and to crash the boards more aggressively. Because of that, play has been more physical inside during the first two games. Davis County’s rebounding has improved and their ability to score second-chance points has led to higher than normal scoring in the first two games.
Schooley, Spargur and Petefish worked hard to battle for rebounds inside and to fight for scores. Because of that, the girls jumped out to a 13-7 lead early.
Defensively, Davis County worked to pack the lane and to cut off baseline drives from Grandview. That forced Grandview to begin hitting three-pointers, which is what helped keep the game close early. Low shooting percentage on those long-range shots helped Davis County stay on top.
Davis County led 28-24 at the halftime break. Both teams came out a little sluggish to start the second half, but that quickly changed. Grandview used a three-pointer to spark a scoring run that gave them their first lead of the game at 31-30. That came at the 3:30 mark of the third quarter. Schooley and Barker both scored on late turnovers to take a 34-33 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Grandview battled back once again to take a 38-37 lead with 4:14left in the fourth quarter. Davis County responded with scoring run led by Morgan Petefish. The girls pushed the lead to six points, which was just enough to preserve the lead and the victory.
Grandveiw continued to battle and score against the Davis County defense in the closing minutes. Free throws from Sophia Young and Sophie Spargur pushed Davis County to a 48-42 lead with 27 seconds remaining. Grandview poured in a three-pointer and scored again with eight seconds left to cut the lead to 48-47. Davis County managed to keep the ball away from the Grandview offense in the final eight seconds to preserve the victory.
“Overall, I’m very proud of our team. We had another great start to a game. We played a great first quarter. We really got out and set the tone and pace of play,” said Coach David Mason.
“Grandview’s offense was difficult to defend and we had to make adjustments that didn’t allow us to defend the way we wanted to. Their guards kept getting in the lane so we had to back our defenders up and plug the lane more,” he said.
“Once we lost the lead in the fourth quarter, I was very impressed with how the girls battled back on their own to retake the lead. We still are finding it difficult to score easy baskets. We are getting the attempts. We’re just not making them,” said Mason. “We will continue to get better and prepare for the next game.”
Score by quarters
G 7 24 33 47
DC 17 28 34 48
Scoring—Schooley, 9; Petefish, 9; Spargur, 8; Hill, 8; Barker, 7; Briley Lough, 5 and Sophia Young, 2.
Rebounds—Hill, 9; Briley Lough, 8; Brett Barker, 6; Spargur, 6; Young, 4; Petefish, 4; Phoebe Moore, 3 and Schooley, 2.
Assists—Spargur, 4; Schooley, 1; Briley Lough, 1; Young, 1; Hill, 1 and Brett Lough, 1.
Steals—Briley Lough, 3; Schooley, 2; Hill, 2; Spargur, 1; Moore, 1; and Petefish, 1.