CEDAR CITY — The Cedar High School girl’s basketball team held all Canyon View players under double-digits and won big, 58-35, Tuesday night at CHS.
Cedar blew the game open from the start as it led 18-5 at the end of the first quarter. The team didn’t’ look back as it allowed only 30 more points throughout the next three quarters.
“The best part of the win was beating Canyon View,” Morley said. “We always make sure we start off the game really strong and keep going and going. Second quarter, we shut down and didn’t do as well, but we started getting better third and fourth quarters.”
Cedar head coach John Elison was more happy about the defensive efforts of his team.
“We made a few defensive adjustments. They like to do a lot of pick and roll on the wing,” he said. “We wanted to really shut that down. Abbie (Corry) scored 23 the first time on us, and she scored only nine tonight. We made some defensive adjustments that I thought made the difference. It helped us in the long run. You always love wins. That’s what we like. It was another game for us to practice and to work on some things we need to get better at.”
Morley was tasked with guarding Corry throughout the game, but particularly in the first quarter when Corry was held to only two points.
“Our goal was to stop Abbie and Shontae (Clark),” Morley said. “Those two are fantastic players, and they’re great. We had great defenders to do it.”
Elison has even taken notice how well Morley has been playing this year, and how she gets better with each game.
“She is playing better right now these last four or five games than she has played her entire career for us,” Elison said. “She’s being very smart on when to score, very smart on finding people, smart on when to attack the basket. She’s playing really well. I’ve been really proud of her lately.”
This is the third game in a row Cedar has won and scored 58 points.
“As long a the other team is 57 or below, I don’t care. We’ll take it,” Elison said.
Morley led all scorers with 21 points. Dream Weaver scored 11 points, and Morgan Myers added nine more.
For Canyon View, both Clark and Corry scored nine points each.
Both Canyon View and Cedar will play in the Sevier Valley Tournament in Richfield Friday and Saturday. Canyon View will play against Manti and Kanab. Cedar will play against Delta and Juan Diego.
“We’ve got to get smarter as a team,” Elison said. “There’s some things we need to be able to sharpen up on. We need to know who to key on, know the offensive possibilities we have, know the defense we need to make it happen like we want it to. We need to keep up the intensity. I felt like we got a big lead early in this game, and I felt like it just got kinda slow after that on both sides. You gotta keep that intensity.”
Morley said: “Our team is fantastic. We’re doing great this year, and it’s going to be great. We’re going to work this Wednesday and Thursday, and we’re going to prepare to play Delta (and Juan Diego).”
Hurricane 45, Enterprise 39
In Enterprise, the Lady Tigers went above .500 for the first time this season with a fourth win Tuesday night against the Enterprise Lady Wolves.
Individually, Jayden Langford and Carrie Marshall led the team in scoring with 12 apiece. Taylor Anderson added nine points. Marshall also pulled down eight rebounds and got four steals while Langford got seven rebounds and five steals.
Enterprise falls to 1-4 with its third straight loss to a Region 9 team. Hurricane will participate in the 2A-3A preview this weekend in Richfield. The Lady Tigers’ next game is Friday night at 5:30 p.m. against South Sevier High School.
Pine View 50, Bryce Valley 47 (O.T.)
The Lady Panthers took an early lead, only to see it be erased in the final quarter. Pine View outscored the Lady Mustangs 8-5 in overtime to give Bryce Valley its first loss of the season.
Scoring in double-figures for Bryce Valley were Danielle Brinkerhoff (16) and Jailine Vasquez (12). For Pine View, Natasha Fiame led the team with 14 points. Tayvia Ah Quin had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Breana Moeai had four assists and seven steals.
The Lady Mustangs fall to 6-1. Pine View improves to 3-2. The Lady Panthers will travel this Friday to Tooele and participate in the Tooele County Classic. Their first opponent will be Cyprus High School. Game time is set for 6:15 p.m. at Grantsville High School gymnasium.
Note: St. George News sports writer Darren Cole also contributed to this report.
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