ST. GEORGE — As far as beauty goes, Cedar girls basketball coach John Elison isn’t going to send this game out on a postcard.
“So far, so good in region,” Elison said. “I hope we can keep it up. Our girls fought hard tonight and typically, they do and I’m proud of that. Our defense and our rebounding are always something we emphasize and we did a good job of that tonight.”
It’s a good thing, too, because the Lady Reds did not shoot the ball well (16 of 62, 26 percent) and they turned it over a lot (25 TOs in the game). But Cedar owned the glass, out-rebounding Dixie 53-32, including 18 on the offensive end that led to 13 second-chance points.
“The boards help us a lot, especially on the offensive end and I think we did really well on that tonight,” said Cedar post player Shana Foley. “Coach emphasizes that. He always writes on the board ‘defense’ and then ‘boards.'”
Foley was one of three CHS players in double-figures. She had 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Javlyn Weaver had 10 points and 12 boards and Courtney Morley had 10 points and 8 rebounds.
“Experience is huge for us,” Elison said. “In this region, every game every year is tight, so you learn to battle and persevere and stay calm when the pressure is on. Our girls did a good job of that tonight.”
The game was close for most of three quarters, with Cedar rushing out to six or eight-point leads, only to have Dixie make a push and tie or come close. The Lady Reds went on an 8-2 run early in the third quarter to take a 32-26 lead. Dixie surged and got to within 34-32 with two minutes left in the third on a bank shot by Aubri Challis.
Morley and Priscilla Zeigler each scored for Cedar to make it 38-32 after three. Dixie got within 40-36 early in the fourth quarter on another bucket by Challis, but Cedar answered with a 10-2 run, sparked by baskets by Weaver and Foley, to put the game away at 50-38 with less than three minutes to play.
Challis led Dixie with 14 points, though Dixie also suffered a poor shooting night, going just 16-63 in the game for 25 percent. Though the game was tied a couple of times, the Flyers never took the lead once.
Cedar improves to 10-3 overall and 4-0 in region play with the win, a half-game ahead of Pine View and now two full games ahead of Dixie. The Reds host Hurricane Thursday night.
Dixie, now 9-4 overall and 2-2 in region, will host resurgent Snow Canyon Thursday night.
Stats: CHS 52, DHS 42
Pine View 45, Canyon View 21
It was a phenomenal defensive effort for the Lady Panthers, who improved to 4-1 in region with the blowout victory.
“We played tremendous defense tonight,” PV coach Chris Brinagh said. “The girls are really gelling together. They all know each other and like each other and are really playing as a team.”
Pine View held Canyon View ti single-digits in every quarter of the game, including allowing just seven points in the third and fourth quarter combined.
“I’ve been after Claire to take charge of the game on both ends and this is the first game where she’s really done that,” he said. “She’s becoming our leader out there and she’s really a go-getter on defense. Not bad for a freshman, eh?”
Canyon View managed just 15 percent shooting against the Pine View D, hitting just 6 of 38 shots. The Panthers also won the rebounding battle 31-21.
Pine View, now 8-3 overall to go with that 4-1 region record, has a bye Thursday and will busily prepare for league-leader Cedar. PV hosts the Lady Reds next Tuesday.
Canyon View, 4-10 and 2-2, is at Desert Hills Tuesday night.
Snow Canyon 75, Desert Hills 62
SC got its second region win and handed the defending champs their third region loss with the run-and-gun show at The Jungle.
The Lady Thunder went cold in the second quarter and the Lady Warriors jumped on the opportunity. With the big eight-minute stretch, Snow Canyon accrued a 35-23 lead at the half. D-Hills cut it down to 49-43 after three, but Snow Canyon didn’t wilt down the stretch and pulled away for the W.
Snow Canyon was nails at the line as well, making 23 of 30 free throws for 77 percent.
Since starting the season 2-9, Snow Canyon has won 3 of the last 4 and is 2-3 in region play, a half-game ahead of the Thunder for fifth place in Region 9.
Ashley Beckstrand had nearly two-thirds of Desert Hills’ points in this game as she racked up 39. She made four 3-pointers and also had 4 steals and 3 rebounds. Becjstrand is averaging 21.4 points a game this season and has topped 30 three times. She leads 3A in scoring.
The Thunder, 7-6 and 1-3, now has two straight home games, hosting Canyon View Thursday and Hurricane next Tuesday.
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