The 19th ranked SLCC women’s basketball team fell to Otero College last Friday in the Thanksgiving Classic at the Lifetime Activities Center, 71-70. The Bruins trailed most of the game, but entered halftime tied at 33.
Trailing by four with less than two minutes left in the game, Salt Lake’s Hayli Shurtz hit a three-pointer from the corner to bring her team within one. Fawn Brady scored a field goal down the stretch to give the Bruins a one-point lead. After an Otero bucket, SLCC was unable to hit the game-winning shot.
Marissa Robbins led the Bruins with 16 points on 5 of 8 shooting, while Sophia Hepworth added 15 points and freshmen Fawn Brady and Hayli Shurtz each finished in double digits. The feisty Bruins defense forced 25 turnovers with 12 steals. Despite the defensive effort, Otero controlled the boards throughout the game, grabbing 42 while Salt Lake had 29 defensively to go along with 14 offensive rebounds.
The following day, freshman Jessica Watson led the way for SLCC, finishing with a double-double in a 76-42 blowout of Treasure Valley. Watson scored a team-high 14 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Rebounding was a team effort, as the Bruins cleaned up the boards, grabbing 50 rebounds compared to TVCC’s 34. Salt Lake held the lead the entire game, outscoring TVCC 38-16 in the first half and 38-26 in the second. The win moves Salt Lake’s record to 3-4 overall.
Fawn Brady, Marissa Robbins and Chelsea Morgan all finished in double digits. Brady missed a double-double by one rebound, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine boards. Robbins came off the bench to score 10 while Morgan’s sharp shooting added 10 points as well.
The Bruins hit the road to face Jefferson College, St. Louis Community College and Logan College as part of the St. Louis Tournament, which begins December 1 and ends December 3.
On the men’s side, the 10th-ranked Bruins moved to 6-0 after a 97-80 defeat of La Jolla Prep on Friday. The Bruins were in control of the game from beginning to end, shooting 56% from the field while outrebounding La Jolla by 15 boards.
Five Bruins finished in double-digits with Jason Cheesman leading the charge. Cheesman finished with a team high 14 points, shooting 6-7 from the field while blocking two shots and pulling down five rebounds. Skyler Halford added 13 points off the bench. Jordan Rex chipped in ten. Marquis Horne was 6-6 from the field for 13 points, while point guard Darian Cartharn had 12.
The squad stayed perfect on Saturday as they defeated Pro Look, 84-76 to move to 7-0 on the season. Salt Lake was able to control the tempo throughout, outrebounding Pro Look 46-24. The Bruins collected 23 offensive rebounds which led to 22 second chance points.
Jordan Rex achieved a double-double, scoring 14 points while adding 12 rebounds. Louis Garrett and Darian Cartharn had 17 points each. 15 of Cartharn’s points came from beyond the arc. Gabe Kindred controlled the offense, dishing a team-high six assists to go along with 12 points.
The undefeated Bruins look to test their skills on the road this week as they head back to Ephraim, Utah to take part in the Snow College Tournament, held November 29-30th.