Pioneers reach final game in season-opening tournament

by: POST PHOTO: KRISTOPHER ANDERSON  - Sophomore Molly Nutt finished with a team-high 10 points in Sandys 47-37 loss to the David Douglas Scots last Saturday in the final game of the Sandy Tournament.

The Pioneers’ girls basketball team faced a rough first quarter against the David Douglas Scots and were unable to overcome an early deficit in a 47-37 loss last Saturday in the championship round of the Sandy Tournament.

“It was a good test for us,” Sandy coach Matt Gist said. “Basically, we didn’t adjust very well in the first quarter but played evenly after that.”

Sandy’s offense struggled to find its rhythm in the early going. Gist admitted prior to the tournament that his young team was still in the early stages of developing its fast-break system and that there were going to be some learning curves.

The Scots, which played with four seniors in their starting lineup, were able to disrupt the Pioneers’ tempo and keep the offense quiet.

David Douglas built a 13-6 lead by the end of the first quarter.

“David Douglas took away primary options, which made us have to adapt,” Gist said.

The Scots were able to take away some of Sandy’s fast break attack and forced it to play in the half court. That’s when the Pioneers had trouble moving the ball and creating scoring opportunities. Given that it was an early season game, Gist said, Sandy was still learning how to search for secondary options.

“Those things will come naturally,” he said. “We have to take advantage of other openings.”

Sandy found ways to respond to the Scots pressure after the first half. While Gist’s team couldn’t close the gap, they didn’t allow David Douglas to pull away, either.

Sophomore Molly Nutt led Sandy with 10 points. Sammie Byron knocked down a couple of clutch three-pointers in the first half to keep the game close. She finished with eight points.

Raquel Pellecer was the team’s leading rebounder with seven, and added eight points. Sandy finished with 18 turnovers and forced the Scots into 16.

•The Pioneers opened the season with a resounding win over Franklin, 67-35 last Friday in the first round of the Sandy Tournament. While Sandy turned the ball over 19 times, its forced Franklin into 38.

Pellecer recorded a double-double, by scoring 19 points and grabbing 15 boards. Paola Phipps came up with seven steals, while Byron had eight rebounds. Nutt hit two three-pointers to finish with 10 points.

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