Scouts suffer first loss of official season

Junior Will Danielson looks for an open passing lane while the team sets up the offense. Danielson led the team with 15 points on the night.

Allie Daro

The Scout basketball teams each lost against the Centennial Broncos on Thurs., Nov. 4. The Lady Scouts were defeated 59-44, and the boys’ basketball team was beaten 65-38.

For the girls, the score stayed close in the first quarter. With eight minutes of the game gone, the Broncos were up 14-11. Both teams continued to compete in the second quarter, with that being each team’s highest scoring quarter. The Scouts scored 20 points, and the Broncos added 19 points to the scoreboard, ending the half with a score of 33-31 in favor of Centennial.

In the second half, the Broncos continued to expand their lead, scoring fourteen points in the third quarter and only allowing the Scouts to score eight. In the final quarter of the game, both teams had their lowest scoring quarters. The Scouts and Broncos had five and twelve points, respectively, leading to a 59-44 loss for the Scouts.

Although the Lady Scouts’ season started with a loss, Head Girls Basketball Coach Nathan Wall sees it as a good starting point to improve on for the rest of the season.

I thought that we played very well, and that is impressive for a season opener and especially when you consider how good of a team Centennial is,” Wall stated.

The night continued, and the boys’ game began as a close one also. The Scouts had a successful first quarter, leading the Broncos 15-11 when it was finished. However, the second quarter was rough for the Scouts, and Centennial used that to go on a twenty point run while limiting the Scouts to five points. At the half, Centennial had a 31-20 lead.

After halftime, the game continued in a similar fashion. The Scouts managed to score six points in the third quarter, but the Broncos put up sixteen points and led 47-26. In the fourth quarter, the Scouts held with Centennial, scoring 12 points to Centennial’s 18. The Scouts finished the game with a 65-38 loss to Centennial.

“The game against Centennial started out great; we looked like a confident team that was making things happen at both ends of the court,” Head Boys Basketball Coach Cole Carraher said. “However, in the second quarter we missed a few shots, and they started to hit shots and got on a big run. We also hurt ourselves by committing silly turnovers and fouling too much. Against a really good team like that, you can’t do those things to shoot yourself in the foot and expect to win.”

The boys’ basketball team also sees the season opener as a solid starting point for the rest of the season.

“We are just going to focus our attention on what we need to improve the most, and the things we already do well, and keep repping those things in practice,” Carraher stated. “We need to come to practice every day with the right attitude and be mentally sharp.”

On Sat., Dec. 2, the Scouts played at Sandy Creek. The girls’ team lost 49-24, and the boys’ team added a win to their record, beating Sandy Creek 60-15. The next game for the Scouts will be at Fillmore Central on Sat., Dec. 9 with girls JV beginning at 3:00 p.m. and boys JV, girls Varsity, and boys Varsity to follow.