The Grace boys basketball team struggled in the early going, but behind the strength of 10 three pointers and a plus 14 in the rebounding game, the Grizzlies took down the Soda Springs Cardinals 72-59 on Tuesday night.
The game started out about as well as it could have for the Cardinals, with Soda rolling to a 9-2 lead after just a few minutes. The Grizzlies would recover though, and behind the work of Daxx Jorgensen and Paycen Jensen, the Grizzlies would crawl back to within three by the end of the quarter, trailing 19-16.
The Grizzlies put extra emphasis on their defense in the second quarter, and the Cardinals offense would sputter in the early going, with their only points in the quarter coming in their success at the foul line, where they went 10 of 12. On the other end, Grace looked again to Jensen, who led the way with 10 points in the quarter, which saw seven of the Grizzlies strike the scoreboard, and Grace would look up to a 40-31 lead heading into the half.
Soda Springs made a brief run in the early part of the third, but the scoring would be sporadic at best, and the Grace defense continued to give the Cardinals fits, holding them to only eight points in the quarter, while Grace was led to a 14 point quarter and a 15 point lead after three.
The game wouldn’t see much change in the fourth quarter, and Grace saw their lead grow to as much as 22 in the quarter, but the Cardinals wouldn’t give in easily, and a late rally, led by Henry Workman, would close the gap, but Grace still finished with a double digit win, 72-59.
Grace was paced by Paycen Jensen in the game, who had a double double with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Daxx Jorgensen finished with a double double as well, gaining 14 rebounds to go with 13 points and Payton Lloyd finished with a solid 18 point game as well. Grace outrebounded the Cardinals in the game 40-26, and went 10-17 from the foul line.
For the Cardinals, four players would reach double figures, with Kyle Olson leading the way with 14. Trea Smith finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Ridge Thompson and Henry Workman finished with 11 and 10 points respectively. The Cardinals were helped out by one of their better performances from the foul line, going 19-25 from the stripe in the loss.