It’s already been a crazy up and down kind of season for the Snow Canyon Warriors, who rebounded from an embarrassing loss Thursday night to beat Sky View 51-48 Friday night at the Rigo Chaparro State Farm Classic in Hyrum, Utah.
The Warriors, picked by the southern Utah media to win Region 9, have two blowout losses this season to larger Utah schools. A 5A school, American Fork, beat SC by 39 and 4A Roy blasted Snow Canyon by a 68-40 final score in the opening round of the tournament Thursday night.
But SC got some measure of redemption Friday night by leading throughout the contest against the Bobcats in Cache Valley. The Warriors led by as many as 14 and held a 30-18 lead at halftime. Sky View stormed back within three, but couldn’t get over the hump.
Taylor Sampson had 15 points and center Nate Gottfredson added 13, including a rare 3-pointer, as Snow Canyon improved to 2-2 on the season. SC plays Bear River at noon Saturday to conclude the tournament. The Bears defeated Snow Canyon 83-55 in last season’s 3A semifinals under coach Kasey Winters, who is now an assistant at Dixie State University.
Desert Hills 64, Morgan 49 (3A Preview in Richfield)
The Thunder improved to 1-1 with the blowout win over last season’s state champion.
Quincy Matthews had a phenomenal game, scoring 17 points, grabbing nine rebounds, snatching three steals and dishing out an assist. Taylor Houston added 14 points and six boards for DH, which was coming off a 10-point home loss to Centennial, Nev.
The Thunder actually trailed by five at the half, 36-31. But it must have been a good halftime speech by coach Wade Turley as DH erased the deficit early and ended up outscoring the Trojans 16-5 in the third quarter and 33-13 in the second half.
Desert Hills plays Richfield at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sevier Valley Center.
Dixie 53, Richfield 37 (3A Preview in Richfield)
The Flyers whipped the hometown team by shooting 54 percent from the floor in the game.
RJ Wilgar had 13 points and five boards and Sam Guymon added 11 and five as Dixie exploded for 19 third quarter points to break open a close game. The Wildcats trailed Dixie just 23-20 at the haklf, but were nearly helpless in watching Dixie bust the game open with a 19-6 third quarter.
Jaylon Steck had 21 for Richfield.
It was the season-opener for the Flyers, who play Stansbury at 3 p.m. Saturday at the SVC. Dixie opens region play Wednesday at home vs. Desert Hills.
Stansbury 56, Hurricane 52 (3A Preview in Richfield)
Cody Lebaron had a career-high 24 points, but it wasn’t quite enough for the Tigers as they dropped to 0-2.
Lebaron made five 3-pointers in the game. Hurricane led 51-50 with about four minutes to play, but the Stallions got late baskets by Justin May and Thomas Griffith to make it 54-51. A Kaden Langston free throw made it 54-52 and Lebaron had a 3-pointer try to give his team the lead with 41 seconds left, but couldn’t get it to go. May hit a pair of free throws to ice the game with two seconds left.
Hurricane had eight different players score, including Jordan Ence, who had seven points and seven rebounds. But the Tigers killed themselves at the line, making just 9 of 22 charity shots, a dismal 41 percent.
The Tigers (0-2) will try for their first win again Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Payson at the SVC.
Payson 54, Cedar 46 (3A Preview in Richfield)
Kordan Nielson (14) and Dustin Staggs (10) led the Redmen in scoring, but it was not nearly enough in the 8-point loss to the Lions.
The Redmen play again at the SVC Saturday at noon vs. Morgan.
Canyon View 74, Juab 59
Sterling Barnes had 18 and Koy Huxford poured in 15 as the Falcons improved to 1-1 on the young season.
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