Local basketball teams see mixed results as Steve Hodson Cancer Classic gets underway

Cedar's Japrix Weaver makes a fast break downcourt against Juab during the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic, Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 27, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — Region 9 varsity girls basketball teams went 2-2 during Thursday’s action in Cedar City, as the three-day Steve Hodson Cancer Classic got under way. Cedar and Dixie posted wins, while Hurricane and Canyon View both lost.

Additionally, the Canyon View varsity boys outdueled the Carbon Dinos at the same tournament.

Here’s a recap of Thursday’s action, starting with the girls varsity games involving Region 9 teams:

Lehi 65, Hurricane 42

At Cedar High Thursday morning, the Lehi Pioneers used a big second quarter to pull away from the Hurricane Lady Tigers. Lehi led by three points, 15-12 at the end of the first period, but went on an 18-6 run during the second quarter to take a 33-18 halftime lead. Hurricane was unable to catch up during the second half, as Lehi cruised to a 65-42 win. Kandalyn Hinton led the Tigers with 12 points, while Lehi’s Apelila Galeai scored 17. Hurricane next plays Stansbury Friday at 2 p.m., at Cedar High.

Dixie 47, Stansbury 44

Dixie’s Enid Vaifanua drives into the lane against Stansbury, Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 27, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

In a game that was close the whole way, the Dixie Lady Flyers edged past Stansbury for a three-point victory in a game played at Canyon View High Thursday afternoon.

“We were very fortunate to win today!” Dixie coach Ryan Forsey told St. George News. “Stansbury never quit and their press really forced us into mistakes that resulted in turnovers.”

Sina Tapasa led the Lady Flyers with 20 points, while Sina Schwalger added seven points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with about 20 seconds left in the game.

“That was huge for us,” Forsey said, adding, “But I was most proud of how we withstood Stansbury. Every time they put a run together to make it a two- or three-point game, we were able to keep our composure enough to weather the storm and escape with the win.”

Dixie’s next game is against Lehi at 2 p.m. Friday at Canyon View High.

Cedar 52, Juab 37

Juab and Cedar players scramble for a loose ball during the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic, Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 27, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

At Cedar, the Cedar High Lady Reds used their trademark defense to hold the Juab Wasps to just 14 points in the first half, after which Cedar remained ahead the rest of the game, eventually winning by 15 points, 52-37.

The game marked the long-awaited return of Cedar guard Japrix Weaver, who’d been sidelined since suffering a torn ligament in her knee last February, right before the 2018 state tournament.

Weaver’s backcourt teammate, fellow junior Mayci Togerson, went out of the Juab contest late in the first half with a bleeding injury to her forehead and did not return to the game.

Cedar, which improved to 8-0 on the season, next plays Grantsville Friday at 5 p.m. at Cedar.

Grantsville 58, Canyon View 48

Granstville’s Madison Fields moves to block a baseline shot by Canyon View’s Shayla Johnson during the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic, Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 27, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

At Canyon View, the Lady Falcons managed just two points during the second quarter as the Grantsville Lady Cowboys built a 29-15 halftime lead. Canyon View managed to bounce back in the second half, cutting the deficit to as little as six points, but ultimately fell short as Grantsville posted a 10-point win, 58-48.

Sophomore Addie Newman led the Lady Falcons with 14 points, including 8-of-12 free throws. Two of Newman’s made free throws were Canyon View’s only points during the ill-fated second quarter. Harlee Nicoll added 10 points for the Falcons. Meanwhile, Grantsville was led by Hannah Butler’s 16 points.

Canyon View’s next game is against Tooele on Friday at 5 p.m., at Canyon View.

Boys games

The only Region 9 boys varsity team to play at the Hodson Classic on Thursday was Canyon View, which defeated the Carbon Dinos, 62-47.

Canyon View 62, Carbon 47

Canyon View’s Trevor Farrow comes up with a loose ball as Carbon’s Jon Zamantakis is left sprawled on the sideline during the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic, Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 27, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

At Canyon View Thursday night, the Carbon Dinos overcame a sluggish start to pull within single digits midway through the fourth period, but Canyon View finished strong down the stretch and ended up with a 15-point win.

Both teams struggled to make baskets in the opening quarter, which ended with Canyon View ahead 7-4. The Falcons then outscored Carbon 24-9 during the second period to post a 31-13 halftime lead.

Carbon came on stronger in the third, scoring 21 points during the period.

“We held them to 13 points in the first half, but Carbon’s a good team and they made a run at us during the third quarter,” said Canyon View head coach Rob Potter.

By the time the Dinos were intentionally fouling to stop the clock during the final minute or two of the fourth quarter, the Falcons had put the game out of reach, thanks to several key inside shots along with a couple of well-timed 3-pointers.

Parker Holmes led the Falcons with 18 points, while Mason Lyman and Jaxon Jorgenson each added 10. Carbon was led by Derek Hillam’s 16 points.

Canyon View next faces San Juan Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Canyon View. That game will be followed by the tournament’s 3-point shootout competition at 8:30 p.m., followed by the slam dunk contest at 9 p.m.

Cedar

Cedar High’s boys varsity team didn’t play on Thursday, although the Redmen junior varsity squad did lose to the varsity team of 1A’s Bryce Valley by a score of 62-46. Cedar’s boys varsity team will take their home court Friday at 6:30 p.m., when they’ll face the Stansbury Stallions.

The Steve Hodson Cancer Classic tournament, now in its 10th year, continues through Saturday, with games being staged throughout the day Friday and Saturday at the main and auxiliary gyms of Canyon View and Cedar high schools, along with Canyon View Middle School’s. Other Southern Utah schools participating in this year’s tournament include Parowan, Panguitch and Bryce Valley, plus the sub-varsity squads of the Hurricane, Desert Hills and Crimson Cliffs boys teams.

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