Offense was hard to come by Friday night for many of the Region 9 teams in action around the region. The result was a 1-4 night for the southern Utah teams.
Here’s a roundup of the action:
Richfield 41, Pine View 26
The Lady Panthers could not match their offensive production with their defensive tenacity and as a result fell at home to the Wildcats.
“We just could not put the ball in the basket,” said Panther head coach Chris Brinagh. “We had trouble getting into our offensive sets, and once we did, then we had trouble getting our shots to fall.”
The first and third quarters spelled doom for the Lady Panthers. The Wildcats jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter 16-6. Pine View tightened defensively, but Richfield still carried the same lead into the locker room at the break, 18-8.
“It was one of our better defensive games of the year,” said Brinagh. “Our girls did exactly what we asked of them on the defensive end. We just could not take advantage of the offensive opportunities that our defense created.”
The third quarter was another big swing for the Lady Wildcats, putting more distance between the two teams. At the end of three, Richfield held a 33-16 lead. In the fourth, the Panthers outscored the visitors 10-8 to get to the final margin.
Tayvia Ah Quin led Pine View with nine points. Brooklynn Kauvaka and Ah Quin each had four rebounds apiece. Defensively, Breana Moeai and Saraven Allen both had three steals.
Richfield collected its fourth win against only one loss. Pine View drops to 2-2 with the loss. The Panthers will host Bryce Valley on Tuesday night. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Desert Hills 61, Valley (NV) 47
The Lady Thunder won the first game they played Friday against Valley in Las Vegas. Ashley Beckstrand scored 19 points. Also in double-figures were Kylie Williams (12) and Jessica Bills (10). Valley dropped to 3-6 with the loss.
Liberty Christian (Nev.) 69, Desert Hills 43
The Lady Thunder could not extend the winning streak in the afternoon game. Desert Hills stayed with LCHS through the first half. The lead was 28-25 for Liberty Christian going into halftime. The second half belonged entirely to the Nevada team, however, as it outscored the Thunder 41-18. Ashley Beckstrand scored 25 to lead Desert Hills.
Liberty Christian remains undefeated with a 10-0 record. The Lady Thunder drop to 2-3 with the loss and will play Coronado Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time.
Juab 48, Hurricane 37
The Lady Tigers fell to Juab after playing the Wasps nearly even through the first half. Juab held a slim 23-22 advantage at halftime, but outscored Hurricane by 10 in the second.
Juab moved to 4-1 with the victory. Hurricane had its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 2-3. The Lady Tigers will host Richfield Saturday afternoon. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
Green Valley (Nev.) 66, Dixie 41
The Lady Flyers fell to Green Valley out of Henderson, Nev., in their first game of the Ken Robinson Classic. The Lady Gators improved to 4-3. The loss drops Dixie to 0-3.
Dixie will play two games Saturday. The Flyers will face Wasatch at 10 a.m., then at 3:15 p.m. the Lady Flyers will take on Spring Valley out of Nevada.
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