MONROE — The South Sevier High School girls’ basketball teams spotless season hit a bump Jan. 23 as they were defeated in a tense 45-42 thriller against Carbon.
The Lady Rams led early in the game, building an 11-5 edge by the end of the first stanza. Three of Carbon’s points came from behind the foul line, while the Lady Rams followed the lead of Presley Chappell, who converted two three-point plays and pumped in another from under the hoop.
Cassie Johnson drained a downtowner in the opening quarter to help South Sevier set a dominant tone.
Then Kenzie Jones hit a 3-pointer and then sprinted the ball down the court for a follow-up bucket, pushing South Sevier to a 16-5 gap.
The Lady Dinos then went on the attack, scoring the next eight points. Brookell Brindley broke up the run with a short jumper for the Lady Rams, but then it was back to the Lady Dinos who scored six more to take their first lead of the game.
Brindley fired off a three-pointer to end the half, with South Sevier grasping onto a 21-20 edge.
Through the third stanza, South Sevier’s girls scored eight points, five of which came from charity shots.
Meanwhile Carbon kept the pressure on, and again took the lead with 37.3 seconds to go.
Lady Ram Saige Okerlund then drained a downtowner with 18 seconds to go in the half to knot the game 29-all.
The final stanza was a back and forth battle, but Carbon was able to build up its lead off a 12-2 run.
Chappell scored nine points in the last eight minutes to try and get the Lady Rams back in the game, but it wasn’t enough as Carbon snapped South Sevier’s 16-game winning streak.
Chappell led all scoring players with 18 points. Brindley and Kenzie Jones both added nine points to the scoreboard. Johnson and Okerlund both ended the night with three points each.
Earlier in the week the Lady Rams whipped up a 66-50 win over Emery on the road. A 24-point Lady Ram sprint in the third quarter created an insurmountable situation for the Lady Spartans.
In the game against Emery, it was Jones that led the scoring action with 32 points, including five 3-pointers. Chappell and Brindley both added nine, followed by Leah Torgerson with eight, Aspen Okerlund with five and Johnson with three.
Next for South Sevier is the longest bus ride of the year as they travel to Grand and San Juan, respectively, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.