Region 9 girls basketball: Snow Canyon, Cedar stay undefeated; Dixie gets first win

Hurricane's Hailey Homer tries to drive around a Snow Canyon defender, Hurricane, Utah, Jan. 10, 2019 | Photo by David Larson, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Just as they had been exactly one week earlier, the road teams were victorious in all three Region 9 girls basketball contests Thursday night, as Snow Canyon won at Hurricane, Cedar beat Canyon View and Dixie won at Pine View.

Snow Canyon 42, Hurricane 37

In a close Region 9 matchup, the Snow Canyon Warriors emerged victorious over Hurricane, winning 42-37. The win moves the Warriors to 4-0 in region play.

While defense was the story of the game for the Warriors, Tylei Jensen gave Snow Canyon plenty of offense they needed to pull out the win, scoring 31 points and making 9-of-12 free throws in the fourth quarter to ice the game.

“She’s hard to guard one-on-one,” Snow Canyon coach Ryan Rarick said. “We ran some sets for her and she took advantage and had a great game.”

Hurricane’s Kailee Yardley shoots a 3-pointer against Snow Canyon, Hurricane, Utah, Jan. 10, 2019 | Photo by David Larson, St. George News

With Jensen carrying the offense, the entire squad stepped up on the defensive end to ensure a win.

“Defense is our strength,” Rarick said. “We slow teams down and have fast athletic guards who can cover a lot of areas. We tell them we just need to work hard and be in the right spots and do some of the simple things great.”

The win keeps the Warriors tied atop the standings with Cedar

“We kind of get in our own way sometimes, but we believe we have the ability to win region,” Rarick said. “These girls have limitless potential.”

Snow Canyon will now turn their focus to Desert Hills, who they will battle on Tuesday at 7 p.m., looking to extend their unbeaten start to Region 9 play.

After the close loss, Hurricane (1-2) will travel to Dixie on Tuesday. The game will tip off at 7 p.m.

— Written by Spencer Rodak

Dixie 44, Pine View 40

In a back-and-forth contest, the Dixie Flyers edged the Pine View Panthers 44-40 in Region 9 play. The Flyers led by nine after three quarters and were able to hold off a late Pine View rally for the victory.

It was the Flyers’ first win of the Region 9 campaign. Pine View is now 0-3 in region play.

Joslyn Bundy led the way for Dixie with 15 points. The Panthers were led by Averi Papa, who dropped 17 points. 

Up next, the Panthers will play Canyon View on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Flyers will play at home against Hurricane on Tuesday. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m.

— Written by Spencer Rodak

Cedar 67, Canyon View 31

Cedar’s Denim Henkel makes her way to the basket while being guarded by Canyon View’s Addison Newman, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 10, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

In the first meeting of the season between the two in-town rivals, the Cedar Lady Reds defeated the Canyon View Lady Falcons Thursday night at Canyon View, 67-31.

Cedar started strong, jumping out to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter. Canyon View’s only points of the period came on a basket by Ashlyn Banks.

Using a stifling defense that continued to force turnovers and missed shots, Lady Reds boosted their lead to 37-10 by halftime.

The two teams played evenly during the third period, each scoring 14 points. However, Cedar was able to extend its lead to as much as 40 during the fourth quarter, when all of its reserve players saw action.

Cedar’s Mayci Torgerson drives to the basket against Canyon View, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 10, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

All 14 Lady Reds on the varsity roster played in the game, and 11 different players scored. Cedar improved its overall season record to 13-0 overall, 4-0 in Region 9 play.

Guard Logann Laws led the Lady Reds with 14 points, while Samantha Johnston added 12 and Japrix Weaver made 10.

The Lady Falcons were led by Banks’ 9 points, while guard Addison Newman added 8.

Canyon View’s next scheduled game is at home against Pine View at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Cedar, which has a bye Tuesday, next plays at Snow Canyon on Thursday, Jan. 17.

— Written by Jeff Richards

Region 9 standings
Cedar 4-0 (13-0)
Snow Canyon 4-0 (7-8)
Desert Hills 2-1 (7-4)
Hurricane 1-2 (5-8)
Dixie 1-2 (7-6)
Pine View 0-3 (2-8)
Canyon View 0-4 (5-9)

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