Region 9 boys, girls basketball teams stay busy during holidays

Chance Barney of Snow Canyon passes the ball while falling down near the basket in earlier action this season, St. George, Utah, Dec. 7, 2018 | File photo by Dave Larson, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The various high school basketball teams of Region 9 saw plenty of action during the holiday break.

Cedar High and Canyon View High hosted the 10th annual Steve Hodson Cancer Classic, which attracted some 20 schools from around the state Dec. 27-29. In addition to Cedar’s and Canyon View’s boys and girls teams, the event also featured the varsity girls teams of Dixie and Hurricane high schools.

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Following are short recaps of games played by other 4A schools in Region 9 during the holidays.

Boys teams


Dixie High’s boys team defeated Logan 62-36 at the Coach Walker Memorial Classic at Dixie State University on Dec. 20. Dixie started off slow, with the Grizzlies taking an early 9-4 lead in the first quarter. The Flyers came on strong at the end, however, outscoring Logan 30-11 during the fourth quarter. Hayden Cottle and Nic Roundy scored 14 points each to lead Dixie.

After Christmas, the Flyers traveled to Riverton to take part in a four-day holiday tournament there. On Dec. 26, Dixie edged past Provo, 45-44, after which the Flyers beat Wasatch 69-59 the following day. Dixie then had its nine-game winning streak snapped on Friday with a 61-59 loss to Northridge. The Knights outscored Dixie 17-10 in the final quarter to win it. Dixie’s Ethan Bennett scored 15 to lead the Flyers. Dixie then wrapped up the Riverton tournament with a 64-50 loss to Kearns on Saturday.

The Flyers next play at home against region rival Snow Canyon on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m..

Desert Hills

The Thunder boys went 3-3 during the holiday break, splitting a pair of games at the Coach Walker Memorial Classic in St. George Dec. 20-21, then going 2-2 during the Utah Autism Holiday Classic hosted by Olympus High School Dec. 27-29.

Desert Hills started off the Walker Classic with a 59-55 win over Maple Mountain on Dec. 20. Carson Thornton led the Thunder in scoring with 14 points. Desert Hills then lost the next day to Westlake, 58-33.

At the Autism Classic, Desert Hills started off with a 57-51 loss to Murray on Thursday. The Thunder then bounced back Friday with a convincing 87-51 win over Park City. Mason Chase led DHHS with 17 points against Park City.

Also on Friday, Desert Hills lost to Tooele, 60-49. The Thunder wrapped up their appearance at the Autism Classic with a hard-fought double overtime victory over Springville. The game was tied 62-62 at the end of regulation and 66-66 after one five-minute overtime, but the Thunder outscored the Red Devils 8-5 in the second overtime to come away with a 74-71 win. Carson Thornton scored 23 for Desert Hills, including six 3-pointers, while teammate Mason Chase added 20 points.

Desert Hills’ next game is a region contest at Cedar on Friday at 7 p.m.


The Hurricane Tigers played two games during the Coach Walker Memorial Classic in St. George Dec. 20-21, losing both contests.

On Dec. 20, Manti broke open a tight game in the third quarter and pulled away for a 79-63 victory over Hurricane, with Manti’s Mason Thompson pouring in 27 points and Bryce Thomas scoring 21 points to lead the Tigers. The following day, Hurricane lost to Maple Mountain 55-40.

Hurricane’s next game is a region contest at home against Canyon View on Friday at 7 p.m.

Snow Canyon

The Snow Canyon Warriors went 1-2 at the Coach Walker Memorial Classic in St. George the weekend before Christmas. On Dec. 20, the Warriors lost to Green Canyon 76-50 but then bounced back on Dec. 21 to defeat Roy 52-46. Mckay Meacham scored 19, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Warriors. Snow Canyon then lost on Dec. 22 to Westlake by a score of 60-44. The Thunder roared to a 35-13 halftime lead and stayed comfortably ahead the rest of the game.

Snow Canyon’s next game is a region contest at home Friday against Pine View, at 7 p.m.

Pine View

The Pine View Panthers also went 1-2 at the Coach Walker Memorial Classic at Dixie State University in St. George. The Panthers opened the tournament with a 71-60 win over Roy. Jared Sudweeks scored 21 to lead Pine View. The following day against Green Canyon, the Panthers held the lead as late as the fourth quarter but ultimately fell to the Wolves, 71-65. Sudweeks again led Pine View’s scoring, this time with 16 points.

On Dec. 22, Pine View lost a close contest to the Logan Grizzlies, who prevailed 54-52. Sudweeks and Dallin Brown each scored 12 to pace the Panthers.

Pine View’s next game is at Snow Canyon Friday at 7 p.m.

Girls teams

Desert Hills

Right before Christmas, the Lady Thunder traveled to Las Vegas to participate in the Tarkanian Classic tournament, which attracted teams from multiple Western states. Desert Hills went 3-1 during the four-day tournament. After beating Western, Nevada, 61-34 on Dec. 19, the Lady Thunder lost to Central, California, 57-55 on Dec. 20. Abby Monson scored 25 for DHHS in the loss.

Desert Hills then defeated Sierra Vista, California, 55-44 on Dec. 21, with Rachel Myers leading the way with 14 points. Desert Hills finished their weekend in Vegas with a convincing 58-24 win over North Eugene, Oregon, on Dec. 22. Eleven different players scored for DHHS, led by Mikenna DeCastro with nine points.

Desert Hills next hosts Cedar on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Snow Canyon

The Snow Canyon Lady Warriors also took part in the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas Dec. 19-22, winning one of four games over the four-day tournament. After losing to Coronado, Nevada, 50-42 on Dec. 19, the Warriors defeated Mount Eden, California, 50-38 on Dec. 20. Tylei Jensen was Snow Canyon’s top scorer in both games, netting 16 and 23 points, respectively.

On Dec. 21, Snow Canyon lost in overtime to Birmingham, California, 71-68, with Jensen again leading the scoring with 24 points and Olivia Harris adding 20 points for the Warriors. Snow Canyon then finished the Tarkanian Classic with a 66-55 loss to Arroyo Valley, California, on Dec. 22. Jensen scored 26 in that contest.

Snow Canyon’s next game is a region contest at Pine View Thursday at 7 p.m.

Pine View

The Pine View Lady Panthers went 0-4 at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas Dec. 19-22, but one of those losses was by a single point and another was by two points.

Pine View started the tournament off with a 47-46 loss to Rainier Beach, Washington, on Dec. 19. The next day, Pine View fell to Arroyo Valley, California, 48-41. On Dec. 21, the Lady Panthers lost to Green Valley, Nevada, 49-36. Then, on Dec. 22, Pine View played Utah team American Fork, losing to the Lady Cavemen 36-34. Sophie Jensen of Pine View led all scorers with 12 points in the loss.

Pine View next hosts Snow Canyon Thursday at 7 p.m.


In addition to going 3-0 at the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic in Cedar City Dec. 27-29, the Cedar High Lady Reds won one other contest during the holidays, outlasting Richfield 50-47 in double overtime during a nonregion game at Richfield on Dec. 20.

Cedar, which is undefeated at 10-0 so far this season, next plays at Desert Hills in a region contest Thursday at 7 p.m.

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