Boys basketball team splits close games against Logan, Bonneville

Kevin Harris pulls down an important rebound late in the game to help force overtime against the Lakers. He had six points, a team-high 11 rebounds, and several blocked or deflected shots.

By Jeremy Jones
Staff Writer

The Box Elder boys’ basketball team is getting familiar with close games early on in their region schedule, with mixed results last week. The Bees lost against Logan, 63-61, on Wednesday, prior to beating Bonneville in overtime, 50-45.
“A lot of times in close games, it just comes down to a kid making an individual play,” said Box Elder coach Jace McKee. He went on to explain that be it a block, a rebound, a made or missed free throw, or the right pass, games can be won or lost on a single possession, so making consistent plays becomes very important.
Last Wednesday night against the Grizzlies a sluggish first half put the Bees in a hole early and they trailed 37-21 at the intermission.
But Box Elder stormed back in the second half behind hot three point shooting from Darius McFarland and Jarom Mecham. McFarland had 19 points on the night including three 3-pointers and Mecham put in 18 points with four 3-pointers).
The Bees’ comeback fell short as the Grizzlies were able to convert enough plays down the stretch to eek out the win.
Logan’s Tyler Brimhall lead all scorers with 25 points and Jaxton Anderson added 19 for the Grizzlies in the win. It was the Grizzlies first region victory this season. They now sit at 11-4 overall and 2-2 in region play after a win over Ogden last Friday.
On Friday night, the Bees hosted the Bonneville Lakers in another tight one that ended up needing overtime before the Bees were able to come out on top.
Mecham lead all scorers in the game with 20 points including a couple of key three point baskets down the stretch that helped force overtime and put the Bees on top for good in the extra period.
Kevin Harris made his presence known throughout the game as he added six points, a team-high 11 rebounds, and several blocked or deflected shots, including a game-saving swat in overtime that prevented the Lakers from taking a late lead.

Girls drop game to Sky View, beat Ogden from the stripe

By Jeremy Jones
Staff Writer

The Box Elder girls basketball team knew they had a tall order against them when they travelled to Smithfield last Tuesday to take on the Bobcats, a team currently ranked first in class 4A and second statewide by the Deseret News.
The Bobcats lived up to that ranking as they throttled the Bees 78-39.
The Bees stayed within striking distance through the first quarter, with the Bobcats holding a seven-point lead, 22-15, at the end of the frame.
But the Bees’ offense went cold and they didn’t score double digits again in any of the remaining quarters. Meanwhile, the Bobcats offense exploded, blowing the game open in the second quarter en route to the win.
The Bobcats had five players score in double figures, led by Lindsey Jensen with 19 points. Four other players dropped in 10 points apiece and 10 players on the roster scored in the contest.
Casey Quayle lead the Bees’ offensive attack with 15 points. Brittany Bowers added eight and Ember Fairbanks dropped in six.
To make the hill that much steeper for the Bees, leading scorer Keslee Stevenson and starting guard Sadie Munns were both forced out of action this week with lingering symptoms from concussions they received earlier in the season. Both girls are listed as day-to-day and are expected to recover and return to the team this season once they are cleared by the training staff.
On Thursday night, the Ogden Tigers traveled to Brigham City looking for their first region win of the season, but the Bees hot free throw shooting—especially late in the game—kept the Tigers winless in region play as the Bees took the contest 67-58.

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