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Kanab’s Lady Cowboys start slow, but finish strong

The Kanab Lady Cowboys hosted the Parowan Lady Rams on Friday night. The Rams do not have a freshman team, so the night started off with the Junior Varsity match up. Both teams were slow to score and traded off leading in the first quarter ending with a score of 9-5. In the second quarter Kanab held onto their lead with a score of 14-11 at half. The Cowboys came out of the half with a fire in their bellies, playing tough to end the third quarter 22-17.

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  • The Rams were no match for freshman Rylee Little as she gave the Lady Cowboys 20 points and 16 rebounds. Photos by Jeremy Houston.

  • Even with the Rams defenders holding Anna all night, nothing could slow her down as she drops in a floater for two of her 12 points.

  • Savanna Bateman spots up from three, dialed from deep for three of her eight points.

The fourth quarter is where they really shined, holding the Rams to four points with a final score of 40-21. Sidney Dayea had a great game, scoring 11 points with three assists and five steals. Other top performers were Cora Shakespear, with six points from two threes and five steals, and Emilie Gilberg, Kenidee Glazier, Lindsey Cornell and Emma Fryer, all scoring four points each.

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In the varsity game, the Lady Cowboys had a slow start and Parowan got an early lead, flustering Kanab. Near the end of the first quarter, the Lady Cowboys started to figure things out and narrow the Lady Ram’s lead. The first quarter ended 6-11. During the second quarter Kanab came out ready to take the lead. Savannah Bateman scored two key three pointers to move the Cowboys ahead early in the quarter. Anna Cutler kept the three-point momentum going, extending the lead even further with two threes of her own. Parowan fought back, tying the game, but Kanab didn’t let up. Taylor Janes played great defense with three blocks, but got into foul trouble early in the game. The Lady Cowboys fought to the end of the half with a score of 23- 21. Kanab usually comes out after the half with renewed energy and fight, and that held true against the Rams.

Despite several turnovers, they were able to extend the lead thanks to a few more threes from Cutler and the Rams fouling Rylee Little, sending her to the foul line. The score at the end of the third quarter was 39- 29. During the fourth and final quarter, the Cowboys played great defense forcing Parowan to have to make multiple shot clock buzzer beaters. Kanab made a run for it by playing tough defense, making great passes, and out-scoring the Lady Rams by 10. The final score of the game was 54-34.

Leading the Lady Cowboys in points was Rylee Little with 20 points and 16 rebounds, followed by Anna Cutler with 12 points, six rebounds, three steals, and four assists. Other top performers were Taylor Janes with nine points and four blocks, Savannah Bateman with eight points, and Ashlyn Houston with five.

The Lady Cowboys take their 13-0 record on the road to face off against the South Sevier Rams on Wednesday, January 18. Then in a big region battle, the 13-1 Beaver Beavers travel here to take on the Lady Cowboys on Friday, January 20.

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