OGDEN – Tara Shipp had 16 points and Javlyn Weaver added 14 as Cedar’s Lady Reds grabbed the first girls state semifinal spot at the 3A State Tournament Thursday afternoon with a 51-41 win over Bear River.
“Defense, defense, defense,” CHS coach John Elison said. “We were losing guys on defense and a little scattered.”
The Reds used that defense to clamp down and gain control of the game in the third quarter. Up by a slight 36-30, Cedar allowed the Bears just two points the final three minutes of the third quarter. In that stretch, Shana Foley hit a pair of baskets and Weaver buried a long 3-pointer to push the lead to double-digits at 43-32.
Bear River cut the deficit to six a couple of times in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get closer. Cedar made just enough free throws down the stretch (8 for 14 in the game) to seal the win.
“The defense was good for us the second half,” Shipp said. “When we turned on our defense our offense kind of performed also.”
Cedar advances to the first semifinal to be played at 12:50 p.m. Friday here at the Dee Events Center.
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