Girls basketball roundup: Warriors win again; DH stuns Cedar

Pine View vs. Snow Canyon, Girls Basketball, St. George, Utah, Jan. 14, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — After just two region games, preseason Region 9 favorite Cedar finds itself in a bit of trouble, while Snow Canyon continues to roll and Hurricane picked up a win as well. It was an intriguing night in the region. Here’s a rundown of Thursday evening’s events:

Snow Canyon 48, Pine View 37

Anyone who thinks free throws don’t matter should consider the Lady Warriors win at Pine View. SC made 18 of 26 charity shots, a respectable 69 percent. Meanwhile, the Lady Panthers were just awful at the line, making just 9 of 20 freebies (45 percent).

snow-canyon-logopine-view-logoNot that Pine View would have necessarily won the game with a little higher percentage, but it certainly would have changed things in the fourth quarter, where the Warriors were protecting a double-digit lead.

“We practice our free throws a lot,” said SC forward Shaylee Reed, who made all 10 of her charity shots. “At the beginning of the season, we missed a lot of free throws and we knew we needed to focus on that. We’ve slowly gotten better as we’ve practiced more and we’ve gotten more confident as well.”

Pine View's Natasha Fiame (32) and Snow Canyon's Lindsy McConnell (32), Pine View vs. Snow Canyon, Girls Basketball, St. George, Utah, Jan. 14, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Pine View’s Natasha Fiame (32) and Snow Canyon’s Lindsy McConnell (32), Pine View vs. Snow Canyon, Girls Basketball, St. George, Utah, Jan. 14, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Even with the advantage at the line, Snow Canyon trailed Pine View by a point, 19-18, at the half. But that’s when Mada Mooring took over.

The senior guard singlehandedly went on an 11-2 run against Pine View. Nikenna Durante hit a 3-pointer out of the locker room to make it 21-19 for SC, then Mooring’s outburst turned the game heavily in the Warriors favor, 32-21.

“I wasn’t happy with myself in the first half. I knew I could do things better,” Mooring said. “I took it upon myself as a leader of this team to try and get us back going. I knew that if I just went 100 percent that my teammates would have my back.”

Mooring hit a twisting layup, then nailed a 3-pointer to make it 26-19. After a basket by Pine View’s Tayvia Ah Quin cut it to 26-21, Mooring nailed another bucket inside. The icing on the cake was a 3-pointer from the corner in which Mooring released the ball just before being trampled by a Panther defender. The resulting four-point play made it 32-21 and SC was able to maintain the lead at seven or more points the rest of the game.

“Mada runs the show for us,” said SC assistant coach Ryan Rarick. “Her abilities kind of trickle down to all the other players. Obviously, she’s a special player. It’s fun to have somebody that we can just look at and say ‘You gotta take over. You gotta go,’ and she does it.”

Snow Canyon's Madison Mooring (21), Pine View vs. Snow Canyon, Girls Basketball, St. George, Utah, Jan. 14, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Snow Canyon’s Madison Mooring (21), Pine View vs. Snow Canyon, Girls Basketball, St. George, Utah, Jan. 14, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Mooring finished with 18 points and Reed poured in 16 of her own as SC overcame a slow, physical first half. Pine View, though shooting poorly from the field as well as the line, stayed in the game in the first half by crashing the boards. The Panthers finished the first half on a 5-0 run with a basket by Ah Quin and a trey by Stefani Gleave.

But after the 15-5 SC advantage in the third quarter, the Panthers lacked the firepower to get back in the game, especially with Reed hitting all her free throws.

Ah Quin finished with seven points and 10 rebounds, while Saraven Allen led PV with nine points.

SC, 13-1 overall and 2-0 in region, returns to action next Tuesday at Hurricane. Pine View, 9-4 and 1-1, is at Cedar next Tuesday.

Stats: girlsscpv11416

Desert Hills 50, Cedar 36

In a stunning development, the league favorites dropped to 0-2 on the young region season with the double-digit loss to the Lady Thunder.

desert-hills-logocedar-logoNeither team shot well in the first half, but the shots started falling for D-Hills after intermission and a two-point halftime lead quickly blossomed into a double-digit advantage early in the fourth quarter.

Ashley Beckstrand and Kylie Williams did most of the damage for the Thunder. Beckstrand had a stat-stuffing line score, with 22 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Williams added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals.

Things started leaning DH’s way midway through the third. Williams made it 19-15 with an opening bucket, but Maisie Elison cut it to 19-18 with a 3-pointer for the Lady Reds. Cedar actually took a 22-21 lead on a basket by Hannah Williams, but the Thunder would go on a 12-2 run over the final 4:11 of the third to start to pull away.

ashleybeckstrandMadie Clark started the run with a basket in the lane. After a Cedar free throw, Megan Wiscombe scored inside and then Williams buried a 3-pointer. Wiscombe scored again and then Beckstrand hit a trey late in the third to push the lead to 33-24 heading into the fourth quarter.

Cedar briefly got within six early in the fourth on four straight points by Dream Weaver, but Williams and Clark responded with four quick D-Hills points to push the lead back out. Cedar never got closer than eight after that.

The Thunder join Snow Canyon atop Region 9 with a 2-0 record (the Thunder are 7-6 overall). Desert Hills is at Dixie next Tuesday. Cedar, 9-5 and 0-2, will regroup and try and get a region win with a home game vs. Pine View next Tuesday.

Stats: girlsceddh11416

Hurricane 40, Dixie 30

The Lady Tigers improved to 1-1 in region by putting the game away in the fourth quarter.

Dixie, with a 10-7 advantage in the third, had pulled to within 29-24 heading into the final period. But Hurricane, led by Jayden Langford, had a good fourth and came away with the double-digit win.

hurricane-logodixie-logoLangford had 14 points and teammates Taylor Anderson and Carrie Marshall scored nine each for the Tigers, who are 7-7 overall on the season. Hurricane made 7 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Dixie, 2-11 and 0-2, only managed two field goals and two free throws in the fourth quarter. Taylor Whitson was DHS’s top scorer as she dropped in 13 points.

The Tigers host Snow Canyon next Tuesday while the Flyers host Desert Hills.

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