Panthers and Pirates Face Off to Start Region Play


ETV 10 News stock photos. Photo of Green River High member by Dusty Butler

Following after a 51-27 defeat at the hands of Whitehorse last Thursday, the Pinnacle Lady Panthers traveled to Emery County to face off against the Green River Pirates in its first Region 19 faceoff. The boys’ basketball team made the trip as well.

The girls’ competition seemed close with the first ending in Green River’s favor, 8-6. The Lady Pirates, however, pushed forward in the second and put up a game-high 18 and held the Lady Panthers to a game-low 2, ending the half 26-8. Pinnacle was never able to grab the lead and Green River took the victory, 46-29.

The boys took the court next and fought through four quarters before the ending found Pinnacle walking away with a 59-23 win to start their region play. While Green River managed to lead by the end of the first 18-13, Pinnacle dug deep to net 20 points in the second, taking the lead 33-29. Both teams managed 11 in the third and Pinnacle held on through the fourth en route to the overall victory.

Green River’s Maribel Escalante led her team in scoring, putting up 24 points and sinking five three-pointers. Teammate Kambre Brewer also made it in the double figures, notching 10 points and two three-point shots. Pinnacle’s Stephanie Sasser grabbed 16 points and led her team in the double figures.

Panthers Kaden Daughters and Valentin Acosta led their team in scoring, each sinking two three-pointers and grabbing 18 and 17 points, respectively. Green River’s Trey Vetere, Jacob Cox and Samuel Corrigan all made it in the double figures with 16, 11 and 10, respectively. Cox and Vetere also each managed a three-point apiece.

Both teams followed up the action with another chance at victory, with both coming up short. The Panthers fell to Tabiona on Saturday 56-47 while Green River wasn’t able to push past the Manila Mustangs, also on Saturday, as the girls’ and boys’ teams each gave up a victory 39-24 and 60-34, respectively.

Pinnacle would continue their play into Tuesday of this week but couldn’t put up a victory and fell to Monticello, 82-42. The Lady Panthers similarly struggled Tuesday, falling to the same team 71-13.

Redemption came for Green River, however, as the Pirates traveled to West Ridge Academy on Tuesday. The boys’ team grabbed a 49-42 win over the Fighting Eagles, with the Lady Pirates storming past the Fighting Eagles, 74-18.

Green River will continue play on Saturday as the girls travel to Monticello while the boys will travel to the same school next Tuesday.

Pinnacle boys will host Altamont tonight as well as Whitehorse Friday afternoon along with the girls’ team.

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