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Trojans sweep games from Granite, stay atop D13C standings


DRUMMOND – In front of a near capacity crowd in Drummond Friday night, the Drummond basketball teams earned a pair of victories from Granite that secured their first-place standings for both boys and girls after one round of District 13 play.

Men’s Basketball

Drummond 57, Granite 21

The Trojans (6-0) were not very good hosts Friday night, besting cross-county rival Granite (2-4) by 26 points.

The Prospectors got into the offense and took good shots throughout the first period, but none could find their way through the net. Not until Cayhel White hit a free throw with just under two minutes to play did the visitors get on the board.

By then the Trojans had established a 17-1 margin and extended it to 35-11 by halftime.

Granite tried to rally early in the third, but once again the shots couldn’t find their mark. That may have been in part to the Trojans finally finding a way to stop having an energetic hangover after the break.

“We spent a lot of time working on it, putting together four strong quarters and not having that dead period,” said DHS Head Coach Levi Parsons of his team’s recent inconsistent play. “They pulled it off. They executed well and … it’s a Drummond Pburg game and ya never know what you’re going to get. Granite has been playing people really strong.”

Colt Parsons led all scorers in the game with 15 for Drummond, followed closely by Michael James with 14. James had seven steals in the game, turning several of them into breakaway baskets.

Granite could not manage a double figure scorer, but was led by Andrew Tallon with nine.

As the two programs looked toward the second half of the district schedule and eventually the tournament, each had a different perspective.

“We to develop our scoring, get more kids to score with the ball,” observed Parsons. “Our big guys aren’t scoring enough points and not getting enough shot opportunities, so we need to change that. We’re also going to look into some more defensive options and maybe a press.”

For the Prospectors, Head Coach Mindy Avila is trying to get her team focused on their pla and avoid the distractions away from the court. “Right now the first half of the season is done, it’s over,” said Avila. “We’re looking at the second half as a new season. That’s the way I look at it and that’s the way we talk about it in the locker room. We’re not worried about the tournament; we’re just focusing on the second half.”

Granite played without senior Cavan Babbitt, who has been sidelined with a broken right hand. He gets a soft cast on it starting next week and should be available Granite’s game with Lincoln January 19 in Philipsburg.

Drummond will hit the road Saturday to play at Victor.

Granite will get some time off to prepare for the second half the district schedule, hosting Lincoln Thursday.

SCORING

Granite – 1/10/4/6 – 21

Drummond – 17/18/10/12 – 57

Granite – Pitcher 2, Tallon 9, White 7, Martin 2, Alley 2

Drummond – Rasor 6, Parke 8, Parsons 15, James 14, BeBradshaw 2, Phillips 6, McNally 4, Dunkerson 2


 

Women’s Basketball

Drummond 49, Granite 39

The Lady Trojans (6-0) took an early lead and never gave it up, but that did little to deter visiting Granite (4-2) from making charge after charge throughout the second half.

“We have things to clean up and we’ll be ready for them next time,” said DHS Head Coach Nate Bignell of his team’s win Friday night. When asked about what the Lady Trojans need to work for the second half, he responded, “We just need to buckle down, work hard and get better every day.”

GHS Head Coach Cash Laslovich was unavailable for comment after the game.

Leading 39-25 after three periods, the Lady Prospectors kept showing signs of posting a comeback. But when they lost post players Gretchen Hill with 2:40 to play and Lucia Lee at 1:05, Drummond held a size advantage down low that they were able to use to fend off the visitors down the stretch.

Kimber Parsons led all scorers in the game for Drummond with 19, including five assists and a trio of three-point baskets. Lexi Nelson and Liz Perry each added 11 from the field.

Rachel Ward led Granite with 11 with Lee close behind with 10. Montannah Piar and Hill each had nine.

Drummond will hit the road Saturday to play at Victor.

Granite will get some time off to prepare for the second half the district schedule, hosting Lincoln Thursday.

SCORING

Granite – 6/8/11/14 – 39

Drummond – 13/13/13/10 – 49

Granite – Ward 11, Piar 9, Lee 10, Hill 9

Drummond – Parsons 19, Nelson 11, Parke 4, RCline 4, Perry 11


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