Girls basketball: Red-hot Region 9 goes 6-1 Saturday

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Region 9 teams had a near sweep in Saturday’s action with Snow Canyon the only team to suffer a loss. Cedar and Hurricane ended the 2A-3A Preview with wins. Dixie finished strong in the Bulldog Invitational hosted by Virgin Valley in Mesquite. Desert Hills did not lose any games in the Tooele County Classic. Below are game summaries of Saturday’s action:

Cedar 46, Juan Diego 40

cedar-logoThe Soaring Eagle has been more than troublesome for Region 9 teams this year, having gone 3-0 against them in the early going. It looked to be the fourth straight for Juan Diego when they jumped out to a 26-10 lead against Cedar on Saturday.

Whatever Coach John Elison told his team at halftime, he needs to bottle and save for the future. Cedar came out and cut the lead to six going into the fourth quarter. They then got to overtime by outscoring Juan Diego 12-6 in the closing frame of regulation. The momentum did not change as they held the Soaring Eagle to a single basket in the extra period to win 46-40.

For the game, the Lady Reds outrebounded Juan Diego 35-26. They also outshot JD 33 to 29 percent from the floor. Individually, Maisie Elison led all scorers with 12 points. Japrix Weaver added 10. Dream Weaver and Lindsey Robinson scored seven apiece. Carly Davis led the team with eight rebounds. Robinson led the team with four assists and five steals.

Cedar moves to 6-1. The Reds will play next on Wednesday, Dec. 28, against Stansbury as host of the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic. After winning their first four games, Juan Diego has now lost its last four.

Hurricane 49, South Sevier 32

hurricane-logoThe Lady Tigers kept a steady pace for the second game in a row, slowly increasing their lead with every quarter.

“We got off to a strong start,” said Hurricane head coach Franci Homer. “Then we got into some foul trouble. But our bench play was fantastic. We played great defense tonight.”

Jayden Langford led the Tigers with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Kylee Rivers had seven points and seven steals. Alexa Christensen and Tylee Brisk both poured in six points. Madi Hirschi had five points and five rebounds.

Hurricane improves to 4-3 with the win and will play Tuesday night at Richfield. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. South Sevier falls to 3-6 on the season.

Dixie 50, Pahranagat Valley (Nev.) 47

dixie-logoTrailing 26-25 at halftime, the Lady Flyers had a good third quarter to take the lead, 41-36, and then held on in the fourth for the win at the Bulldog Invitational in Mesquite, Nev.

Kelsea Barker led the team with 16 points and three steals. Sina Schwalger joined her in double figures with 11. Joslyn Bundy scored eight.

Dixie 53, Wells (Nev.) 39

In the second game, the Lady Flyers outscored Wells in every quarter with the most damage incurred at the beginning, when Dixie took a 17-11 lead. Barker poured in 25 points on 48 percent shooting. Ilah Wallace scored six. Barker also led the team with nine rebounds. Aspen Bair pulled down seven rebounds.

With the two wins, Dixie improves to 3-5 and will host Canyon View Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Desert Hills 62, Bear River 38

desert-hills-logoAfter going to the locker rooms with a narrow 24-20 halftime lead, the Lady Thunder blew the game open in the third by outscoring Bear River 20-7. The momentum carried into the fourth quarter, where Desert Hills tacked seven more points on to its margin of victory.

Elly Williams led the team with 16 points and nine rebounds.. Ashley Beckstrand and Morgan Myers joined her in double figures with 15 and 11, respectively. Beckstrand led the team with three assists and five steals. Myers stole the ball four times. Eleven different players scored for the Thunder.

Desert Hills 45, Morgan 41

In the Thunder’s second game Saturday afternoon in the Tooele County Classic, they faced a very tough Morgan squad. “I was nervous about this game,” said Desert Hills head coach Ron Denos.

The game was tight throughout. The Thunder held a 23-19 halftime advantage, but Morgan was able to trim that to two points going into the fourth. The Thunder held on, however, and duplicated its 13-11 advantage in the fourth quarter to give them the four-point win.

Beckstrand led all scorers with 19 points and also led Desert Hills with seven rebounds and three assists. Myers scored seven. Madi Clark scored six. Jess Mathis scored five. Williams led the team with three steals.

Desert Hills improves to 8-2 with the two wins and will next play at Cedar to begin Region 9 play on Jan. 10. Morgan falls to 8-2 with the loss.

Millard 55, Snow Canyon 41

snow-canyon-logoThe Lady Warriors were able to start each half on an even keel with Millard, but the home team was able to gain the advantage in the two closing quarters of each half.

“We had moments of great intensity on the defensive end that led to some easy baskets,” said Snow Canyon head coach Dan Roden. “But we could not sustain the intensity for the entire game. We had a long bus ride and had a cancelled game last night due to the weather that did not help. But we have to play better.”

Tylei Jensen got her first career start with the injury to Natalie Gunn and led the team with 11 points. Brielle Hoskins and Mel Kata had eight points apiece. Jasmine Lealao scored six.

Millard improves to 5-1. The Lady Warriors fall to 4-3. They will play again on Wednesday, Dec. 28, in the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic. Their opening game is at 1 p.m. against North Sanpete.

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