ENTERPRISE – The Snow Canyon Warriors traveled to Enterprise for their final tune-up for Region 9 play. The Lady Warriors put their feet on the gas from the start and did not let up till the fourth quarter, emerging with a 67-45 victory Tueday night at SCHS.
At the end of the first quarter Snow Canyon led 13-5. At halftime the lead had grown to 46-13. The Lady Wolves got no respite in the third either. Going into the final stanza Enterprise trailed 53-24.
In the fourth quarter, Snow Canyon got some playing time for reserve players. Every Snow Canyon player scored at least one point in the game. Madison Mooring led the Warriors with 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Sydnee Bott and Shaylee Reed scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Reed also pulled down six rebounds.
“Shaylee Reed has been a workhorse for us,” said Snow Canyon head coach Dan Roden. “She is the heart and soul of this team. She does everything we ask of her.”
Reed is averaging nine points and seven rebounds a game, while Mooring, the SC point guard and senior leader, is one of the top players in the region, scoring 16-plus points and dishing out six assists a game.
Snow Canyon will start Region 9 play with the overall best record at 11-1. Enterprise falls to 4-6. Snow Canyon will begin Region 9 play by hosting preseason favorite Cedar on Jan. 12. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The other region games next Tuesday feature Desert Hills at Hurricane and Dixie at Pine View. With only four playoff spots available, the DH-Hurricane game could be a key matchup for a region-opener. Both teams went .500 in the preseason.
Cedar, the defending region champs, also have one of the top players in the state in Courtney Morley. But the Lady Reds are playing without a key member of the region champs from last season as post Shana Foley left the team just two games into the season.
Cedar is 8-3, as is Pine View, which has been playing without starting point guard Claire Newby. The super soph was injured and may be out for another couple of weeks.
Lady Panther Tayvia Ah Quin has been sensational in her absence, She’s averaging 13 points and eight rebounds a game and was named Tuesday as a nominee for the McDonald’s All-American team.
McDonald’s will finalize a roster consisting of 24 boys and 24 girls to play in the 2016 Games on Jan. 17 during a Selection Show on ESPNU. In total, 760 high school seniors from 49 states and the District of Columbia were listed as nominees.
Ah Quin is the only player from southern Utah to receive a nomination.
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