CEDAR CITY — The Panguitch girl’s basketball team put its 64-game winning streak on the line as it faced Cedar in the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic Tuesday and came out with a one-game losing streak.
Cedar started out fast and gained a huge lead before Panguitch knew what was happening. By that point, Panguitch didn’t have the time or energy to overcome the deficit and lost 58-35.
Cedar head coach John Elison knew this was a big game against a good team that hadn’t lost in a long time coming into the game.
“I told the girls, ‘Hey, you want to make a little bit of history here,'” he said. “Panguitch is an excellent team. I feel pretty honored that we were able to take them and snap that streak. That was exciting.”
The third quarter was tough for Cedar as Panguitch seemed to wake up and start playing tough. Panguith outscored Cedar 18-8 in the third.
“What I told them (at halftime) is, ‘Hey, you just built a 29-point lead. Is it possible to gain a 29 points in a half? Now, are you going to let them do that right back?'” Elison said. “I really stressed, you have got to snap that defense and play hard. I don’t care what the score says, it’s zero to zero right now. You’ve got to play just like you did in the first quarter.’ Unfortunately, it didn’t quite happen. They came out on a 16-2 run.”
The fourth quarter was more even as the scoring favored Cedar 15-11. Cedar’s leader, Courtney Morley, struggled early in the game thanks to foul trouble, but three players stepped up and took over as the game wore on. Cedar was led by Dream Weaver with 14 points. Morgan Myers scored 11 and Jessica Whetman added nine more.
“Sometimes I notice when Courtney’s having a tough game, I just try to work hard to pick her up, so my working hard can help her to get something going,” Weaver said. “I wake up at an early time and go to bed at a good time. This (may be) weird, but I always say a prayer right before each game. It helps me.”
Myers said her team was definitely ready for the challenge of playing Panguitch.
“We knew they had a 64-game winning streak, and we just wanted to break that record,” she said. “We haven’t been practicing for a week, so we’re all trying to get back into the rhythm of things.”
Panguitch was led by Chesney Campbell who scored 16 points, 11 of which came in the third quarter on the huge run.
Cedar plays Woods Cross Wednesday in the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic at 3:30 p.m. at Cedar High School.
“I hope we’re gettting into some kind of a groove, because we’re running out of time,” Elison said. “Region play is coming, but tomorrow is a big game for us. Woods Cross is not a small school. You come off of a high of beating a team that hasn’t lost in 64 games, you don’t want to lay an egg then. Hopefully we can just keep this together. We have the potential to be really good, but we have to want that and bring it every time.”
Snow Canyon 59, Woods Cross 41
The Lady Warriors rebounded from their only loss of the season with a drubbing of Woods Cross. Snow Canyon jumped to a huge 32-14 halftime lead and coasted to the finish in the second half. Madison Mooring led all scorers with 20 points. Natalie Coulomb and Shaylee Reed scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.
With the victory, Snow Canyon improves to 9-1. The Lady Wildcats fall to 3-6. Snow Canyon will play its final game of the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic Wednesday night against North Sanpete at 6:30 p.m.
North Sanpete 36, Pine View 34
Pine View fell to the Lady Hawks after their furious fourth-quarter rally fell short. The Lady Panthers could only muster 10 first-half points and looked at a 9-point deficit after three quarters, 30-21. They were able to pressure North Sanpete effectively in the fourth, but came up short in the end. North Sanpete outscored Pine View 18-2 from the free throw line as the Panthers were called for 10 more fouls.
Breana Moeai led Pine View with 12 points on 67 percent shooting. Tayvia Ah Quin contributed nine points and six rebounds. Pine View falls to 7-3. North Sanpete improves to 5-6. The Lady Panthers will play their final game of the Hodson Classic against Canyon View at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
Hurricane 40, Tooele 32
Morgan Huntsman led Hurricane with 11 points and seven rebounds. Taylor Anderson also scored in double figures with 10 points. Carrie Marshall also pulled down seven rebounds. Hurricane improves to 6-5. Tooele drops to 2-7 with the loss. The Lady Tigers will play Stansbury Wednesday at 2 p.m. for their final game of the Hodson Classic.
North Sevier 76, Dixie 41
Dixie fell to the Lady Wolves in the Blue and Gold Classic held in Enterprise. The Lady Flyers were consistent on offense, but could not stop North Sevier’s scoring attack. At halftime, the lead was 45-21 in favor of North Sevier.
Individually, Kelsea Barker led the Flyers with 17 points. Lexie Paxton and Grace Killian scored six apiece. North Sevier has won six in a row after dropping the first two games of the season. Dixie falls to 2-8. Dixie will play again at noon Wednesday against the loser of Enterprise and Grand.
- – Darren Cole contributed to this report
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