The Kanab High School basketball team started their season off in stunning fashion, traveling to Escalante, home of the Moquis on November 30, to win handily 68-34.

Their second game against Piute last Thursday evening was well fought, but Kanab’s defense failed to stop the stellar three-point shooting of the Thunderbirds and the Cowboys lost 74-62.

Against Escalante, all starters had six or more points and had plenty of help from the bench. The Cowboys defense created many turnovers and had many fast-break points.

Captain Kade Quarnberg, at the point guard position, led the team in scoring with 17 points. Conor Corry was close behind with 16 points and Brandon Jenson added 14. Guard Shay Niemann also netted 10 points.

Against Piute, the Cowboys failed to get their offense going early, and their defense wasn’t helping any, allowing 43 points in the first half. The second half was better, with Kanab allowing just 31 points. By the end of the third quarter, Kanab was down by 15.

In the final period, the Cowboys came out fighting for the win, but again defense was the Achilles heel. Kade Quarnberg led the team with 22 points, while Conor Corry scored 13. Sophomore Brandon Jenson added 12 and John Terrel scored nine.

The freshmen and JV teams of Kanab also played Piute’s sub-varsity teams. The freshman did well, winning 35-31. The JV fought hard, but lost 62-51.

The Cowboys host the Valley Buffaloes tonight, December 8, and then travel to South Sevier to play the Rams on Friday. Come out and support your Kanab Cowboys!