The girls and boys both faced off against the Millard Eagles and the South Sevier Rams last week, traveling and hosting. The Lady Cowboys traveled to Fillmore and got after it really quick, squashing any hopes of the Eagles to stay in the game with a 16-3 lead in the first quarter. The ladies kept on the gas pedal and added 16 more in the second to make it a 32-15 margin at halftime, eventually cruising to a solid victory 65-38.
Left to right, photos by Jeremy Houston:
Assistant Coach Clayton Cutler draws up what will certainly be a dynamo play for the Lady Cowboys.
Junior Cash Mortensen soars above a Ram defender for two of his 29 points in the loss to South Sevier.
Next it was the boys turn to take on the Millard Eagles on Wednesday at home, and likewise, put them away without much fanfare. The Cowboys rolled to an easy victory 78-54, with Cash Mortenson and Kyle Brown leading the way with 24-points each and Kale Glover dropping in 22, Trey Castagno also provided eight-points. The Cowboys lost a valuable piece of the puzzle for the squad with Kale Glover going down with an injury.
South Sevier proved to be formidable opponents for both the girls and the boys, with the girls traveling to Monroe to face off against a powerful Ram team on Thursday. The game was a close one, similar to the earlier meeting in the year between both teams where the Cowboys squeaked out a two-point victory. Cowboys jumped out to a 15-12 lead, until the Rams answered with a strong quarter to tie it up at the half 28-28. Kanab jumped to a five-point lead heading into the fourth and was able to off a comeback from the Rams and secure the important region win 58-52. The Lady Cowboys improve to 16-2 overall, and 6-1 in Region play.
On Friday, the Rams traveled to Kanab as it was the boys turn to face off against the Rams. Kanab started off strong as Cooper Anderson got the start in place of the injured Kale Glover, and provided strong defensive effort to help the Cowboys take a 14-12 lead after the first quarter. The Rams answered to take a five-point lead into the half.
The back-and-forth game was intense with Cash Mortensen taking charge of the game, with a huge all-around effort from the whole squad defensively and offensively. Mortensen hit a clutch three to put the game within reach, and intercepted a deep pass by the Rams that would have secured the game, but the Cowboys got the ball back with nine seconds left and down two.
A questionable five second call on the inbound play sealed the Cowboys loss, handing the ball back to the Rams who sank both free throws to win the game 68-64. Mortensen led all scorers with 29-points, with Kyle Brown adding a critical 12-points and nine by Trey Castagno. The Cowboys move to 12-5 overall, and 5-2 in Region play.