Off to a good start
By Jeremy Jones
The Box Elder High School girls’ basketball team made quick work of their season opener against Bear River last Tuesday.
The Bees jumped out to a nine-point lead after one quarter and stretched that to a whopping 28-point cushion by the half as the Bees cruised to a 68-44 victory.
The Bears looked to increase the pace of the game through a full court press and trapping scheme designed to get them some easy baskets.
But the Bees broke through that pressure more often than not and turned 2-on-1s into easy buckets throughout the game.
The Bees shot 51 percent from inside the arc, and 44 of their total points came inside the paint. That number not only indicates the number of easy buckets scored in transition or off the 17 turnovers forced by Box Elder, but also rebounding. A key for the Bees was offensive rebounding; if the first shot didn’t go down, someone was there to clean it up and get a basket. The Bees pulled down 18 offensive rebounds and scored 20 second-chance points.
After the game, Bees head coach Aaron Dooley said he was happy with what he saw from his ball handlers against a lot of pressure.
“[The Bears] put a lot of pressure on the ball and tried to force some mistakes,” Dooley said. “We made a few, but overall the girls handled it really well. We got a lot of easy shots and fortunately we were making them tonight.”
The Bees did have 31 turnovers themsleves in the game, something Dooley said they will have to “clean up.”
The Bees were lead by Emily Isaacson who dropped in 16 points and came up with six blocked shots on the defensive end.
Keslee Stevenson added 12 points and point guard Kambri Curtis finished with 10. Maddie Ewell scored eight points, and was an important spark early in the second half to keep the Bears on their heels.
Rachel Fronk paced the Bears with 15 points, but didn’t get much help on the offensive side as she was the only member of the home team in double figures.
The Bees are off this week as they prepare for a neutral site game against Logan next Tuesday at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.
The game against Box Elder will be the season opener for the Grizzlies and the Bees will be looking to hone their half court offense against a more experienced squad than they faced in the Bears.
“We couldn’t really run very much of our stuff [against the Bears] since they pressed so much,” Dooley said. “But the Grizzlies are returning two starters that have started since they were sophomores, so we’re looking to use our length to our advantage and impose our will on the game.”
The game against the Grizzlies will be on Dec. 6 and is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.
After their trip to Salt Lake, the Bees will be back home on Dec. 8 against Mountain Crest. The game against the Mustangs is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m.
Box Elder swimmers finish well at early-season invitational meets
By Caitlin Moellendorf
The Box Elder High School boys’ swim team earned a win at the Thanksgiving Invitational at the South Davis Recreation Center, which was the most recent of a few good showings at early invitationals.
At the Thanksgiving Invitational, the Bees came out on top of 36 teams with 509 points. Second place was awarded to Mountain Crest with 318 points.
The Box Elder girls took 10th place at the event, but they more than doubled their score from last year’s meet, with 163 points.
In addition to the boys’ win and the girls’ dramatic improvement, a 32-year-old Box Elder School record was broken. Kate Smith, a Box Elder senior, swam a 1:02.57 in the 100-back, beating the previous record held by Becci Carr at 1:05.72.
On the boys’ side, a record previously held by a current Box Elder swimmer, Eric Anderson, was beaten by another Bee, Jaden Lerohl. Anderson held the record in the 100-breaststroke with a time of 1:03.13, but was beaten by Jaden by more than a second with a time of 1:01.82.
The Bees kicked off their season by hosting the first invitational swim meet at Box Elder natatorium on Nov. 5, with several teams, including Davis, Riverton, Weber, Juan Diego, Logan, and Summit Academy competing. Both Box Elder boys and girls placed first in the invitational with 1,105 combined points. Davis took second with 849 points.
Box Elder’s combined scores of 607.5 points earned them third place overall at the Viewmont Invitational, which included Skyline, Park City, East, Syracuse, Woods Cross, and Viewmont. Park City claimed second and Skyline took first.
In their first dual meet of the year last week, the Bees beat Alta, 116-54.