Girls get back on track
Box Elder’s Emily Isaacson penetrates the paint before finding an open teammate for an assist. Isaacson had 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds in the Bees’ win over Woods Cross.
After opening region play with their only loss of the season, Bees notch wins over Woods Cross, Ogden
By Jeremy Jones
The Box Elder High School girls’ basketball team got back on their winning ways after hitting a bump in the road in their first region game against Highland, and posted wins last week over Woods Cross and Ogden.
On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Bees took on the Wildcats in a see-saw game that saw each team take a double-digit lead at one point or another.
Early on, the Wildcats looked to have the upper hand as they built a seven-point lead by the end of the first quarter behind hot shooting from Logan Loftis, who lead all scorers with 20 points in the game.
But the Bees erased that deficit and took a two-point lead of their own into the half as senior guard Keslee Stevenson found her stroke. Stevenson finished the game with 18 points.
The Wildcats again regained the lead and built a cushion in the third quarter heading into the fourth, but the Bees used a big fourth quarter run to finally put the game away.
Andreanna McKee scored 11 points and Emily Isaacson added 10 and a game-high nine rebounds as the Bees used their length to pull away for a 57-49 win.
Sara Noel added 10 points for the Wildcats in the loss.
Looking to build on their success, the Bees had a much easier time on Friday night when they hosted the Tigers.
Four Bees players eclipsed double digits in scoring, again lead by Stevenson who finished with 15 points. Isaacson netted 14 while senior post player Addison Peacock added 12 and point guard Kambri Curtis finished with 10.
Seven different players got on the scoresheet for the Tigers, but none finished with more than nine points as the Bees frustrated the Tigers’ offense all night.
The Tigers’ own defense helped keep the game close during the first half, but the Bees found some rhythm in the third and fourth quarters to open the game up and eventually get the win going away, 64-44.
The week moves the Bees into a tie for second place in the region with East, as both teams sit at 2-1. Highland remained the lone undefeated team at 3-0.
Last night, the Bees took to the road to play Bountiful (results not available by press time). Led by the inside-out combination of post player, Mary Larson, and 3-point specialist, Jaimee Stahle, the Braves entered the contest at 2-2 and were most recently coming off a win over Woods Cross.
On Friday night, the Bees will be on the road again when they take on Bonneville.
The Lakers are still trying to find their footing this season and have only recorded one win so far.
The game against the Lakers is scheduled to start at 5:15 p.m.
Boys split competitive games against Woods Cross, Ogden
The Box Elder High School boys’ basketball team kicked off region play last week with games at home against Woods Cross on Tuesday and Ogden on Friday, and split the contests with a loss to the Wildcats and a win over Ogden.
The Bees knew they would have their hands full with the preseason region favorite Wildcats, who are lead by sharp-shooter and University of California commit Trevin Knell.
Knell is currently averaging just under 27 points per contest and he didn’t disappoint against the Bees as he dropped in a game-high 33 points.
Behind Knell and Cameron Allen, who chipped in 14 points on the night, the Wildcats jumped out to a five-point lead after the first quarter which grew to 13 by the half at 37-24.
But the Bees showed some fight and chipped into the lead in both the third and fourth quarters behind the Bees’ leading scorer Max Watson, who knocked in 29 points in the game, and big man Traycer Wilson, who added 16.
The Bees pulled within striking distance in the second half, but were never able to get over the hump as the Wildcats got the win 66-59.
Looking to redeem themselves on Friday night, the Bees hit the court again to take on the Tigers, who were fresh off a 10-point win over Highland in their last game.
And it was the Tigers who used that momentum to jump out to an early lead in the first quarter at 25-16.
Four Tigers players ended in double figures, lead by Jaxon Clarke, who finished with 23 points. Carson White had 15, Matt Richardson added 14 and Hunter Clarke ended with 13.
The Bees carved into that lead during the second and third quarters, then caught fire in the fourth to blow the game open.
Watson again lead the Bees on the offensive end, erupting for 34 points on the night. He got some help from Cameron Saunders, who finished with 11 points, and the twin towers of Wilson and Porter Clawson, who each finished with 10 points.
That huge fourth quarter, which the Bees won by a margin of 28-13 proved to be the difference in the game as the home team got the win 78-67.
The week landed the Bees right in the thick of things early on in region play at 1-1. Throughout the rest of the region, every team picked up at least one win and one loss, except for the Wildcats, who currently sit at 3-0.
Last night, the Bees were in action on the road against Bountiful (results not available by press time). Coming into the game, the Braves sat at 1-2 as they picked up a win over East last week and dropped games to the Wildcats and Highland.
On Friday night, the Bees will be on the road again when they head to South Ogden to take on Bonneville.
The Lakers will be looking for a balanced scoring effort from their team as their leading scorer, senior guard Sage Thornock, is averaging just over 12 points per contest.
The game against the Lakers is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m.