ST. GEORGE – With Region 9 down to six teams, competition for the league title doesn’t begin until January, so teams are filling their lengthy non-league slate with a variety of opponents. Snow Canyon, for instance, played former Region 9 member Canyon View, while Desert Hills traveled to Las Vegas to take on mighty Bishop Gorman and Pine View filled a slot with Washington County mate Enterprise.
Here’s a wrap of Thursday night’s action:
Snow Canyon 57, Canyon View 44
The Warriors remained undefeated by staving off the Falcons 57-44 in a non-region matchup Thursday night. SC drilled 11 3-pointers in the game.
The first quarter was won by the visiting Falcons. Neither team broke double-digits as Snow Canyon looked at a 9-8 deficit after one. In the second quarter, the Warriors got their interior passing working as Shaylee Reed found a wide open Jaime Brown for two. That was followed by a Reed pass to Lindsy McConnell. McConnell missed the shot, but drew the foul and drained both free throws to tie the game at 12-12 with 5:57 remaining in the half. Bott’s 3-pointer a minute later gave Snow Canyon a 15-14 lead.
After the Falcons took a 22-20 lead with just under two minutes left, Bott hit consecutive 3-pointers to put Snow Canyon up four. Reed’s drive and shot at the buzzer fell short, but she drew the foul with no time on the clock and drained both to send the Warriors to the locker room with a 28-23 lead.
“We did not play the defense we are capable of playing in the first half,” said Warrior head coach Dan Roden. “Last year (Canyon View) came here and beat us. We knew we had to stop (Abbie) Corry’s penetration and close out on their 3-point threat (Shontae Clark). We executed much better in the second half.”
After Canyon View pulled to 28-26 in the third quarter, Warrior point guard Madison Mooring went on her own mini-run. After banking in a 3-pointer, Mooring scored a layup on a fast break, stole the ball in the press and scored with another layup to put Snow Canyon up nine, 35-26.
Canyon View pulled to within seven, but Bott again hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 43-30 advantage.
“If we can get (Bott) open in the corner, she usually hits it,” said Mooring. “We passed the ball well tonight, both on the wing and in the post.”
Clark would pull the Falcons to within 10 with a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining in the third. The fourth quarter opened with a Durante steal and layup. Two minutes later, Mooring hit her second 3-pointer to put the Warriors up 48-36. With 3:13 remaining, Mooring stole the ball and found Durante for another 3-pointer to put the Warriors up 51-39.
After Clark hit another 3-pointer for the Falcons, Roden had his team pull the ball out and run clock to protect the lead. The Warriors would outscore Canyon View 6-2 in the closing seconds to get to the final score.
Joining Bott in double-figure scoring were Mooring and Reed with 14 apiece. Clark led all scorers with 21 points. Corry added 14 for the Falcons.
Canyon View drops to 1-5 with the loss and the Warriors remain undefeated at 5-0. Snow Canyon will travel to Richfield next Thursday. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Bishop Gorman 64, Desert Hills 38
Desert Hills lost at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas Thursday night. The Thunder stayed close through the first half. They trailed by seven, 29-22, at the break. In the second half, the Thunder had trouble defending the pick and roll.
For Gorman, AJ Phoumiphat and Madison Washington led four players in double-figures with 16 and 14, respectively. Desert Hills guard Ashley Beckstrand led all players with 23 points. Elly Williams poured in nine.
With the loss, the Thunder drop to 1-3. They will play again in the invitational Friday against Liberty Christian. Game time is set for 3 p.m. Pacific Time.
Pine View 42, Enterprise 27
The Lady Panthers stifled Enterprise with suffocating defense to pull away easily for their second win. Pine View kept the visitors in single-digit scoring in every quarter.
Pine View forced the Lady Wolves into 29 turnovers, 18 from Panther steals. Natasha Fiame stole the ball five times. Four other Panthers had multiple steals. Brooklynn Kauvaka and Kenya Schone had three each. Stefani Gleave and Breanna Moeai both had two.
Halle Drake led Enterprise with six points. Tayvia Ah Quin and Gleave scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. Moeai chipped in nine. Ah Quin and Sarrah Pierce led the Panthers with six rebounds apiece.
The Wolves drop to 1-3. Pine View improves to 2-1. The Panthers will host Richfield Friday night. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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