Region 9 girls basketball: Dixie, Desert Hills strengthen playoff position; Pine View also wins

Hurricane's Kailee Yardley is guarded by Dixie's Sina Schwalger, Hurricane, Utah, Feb. 7, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — At Hurricane Thursday night, the Dixie Lady Flyers used a 25-point surge during the third period to pull away from Hurricane and go on to win 60-47.

The game was close throughout the first half, which ended in a 20-20 tie.

Dixie center Sina Tapasa, who led all scorers with 18 points, told St. George News she and her teammates played extra hard in the third quarter

“We just worked our butts off and got the lead,” Tapasa said. Dixie outscored Hurricane 25-15 during the third period to take a 45-35 lead into the fourth quarter. Four different Dixie players made 3-point shots during the Flyers’ third-quarter barrage.

“Dixie shot well and had a great third quarter,” said Hurricane head coach Franci Homer, who added, “My girls gave great effort tonight, but we just didn’t shoot well. We had the looks we needed and fought hard.”

Dixie head coach Ryan Forsey said the Flyers switched to a man-to-man defense in the second half. “That kind of threw them off a little bit,” he said. “We were fortunate, they got a little tired and missed some shots. We were able to get some rebounds and make the free throws that we needed to.”

Dixie’s Sina Schwalger is guarded by Madi Hirschi and Hailey Homer of Hurricane, Hurricane, Utah, Feb. 7, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Dixie made 19-of-26 free throw attempts during the game, including 16-of-20 in the second half. Hurricane converted just 11-of-21 free throw attempts during the contest.

Tapasa, who also had a team-high 8 rebounds, said rebounding was a primary goal for the Flyers.

“Our focus tonight was getting the rebounds, especially since we knew Hurricane: they’re tall and they’re long and they’re really tough. So we knew that we had to put a body on somebody and really lock down on the defense and the rebounds,” Tapasa said. “We were just in a good rhythm tonight.”

Sina Schwalger added 12 points for Dixie, while Addy Shaffer had 10, including 8-of-9 free throws.

Hurricane was led by Madi Hirschi and Bryn Erickson, who scored 14 points apiece. Guard Kailee Yardley added 7 points. Hailey Homer and Kandalyn Hinton were held to 5 and 4 points, respectively.

Dixie’s Sina Tapasa shoots a free throw against Hurricane, Hurricane, Utah, Feb. 7, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Dixie improved to 6-4 in Region 9 play with the win. The Flyers are tied for second place in the region standings with Desert Hills, which also won Thursday night to improve to 6-4.

Hurricane dropped to 4-6 in region play, but the Tigers are still in the hunt for the region’s fourth and final playoff spot, as are both Snow Canyon (5-6) and Pine View (4-6).

Hurricane’s next game is Tuesday at Pine View.

“We need to beat Pine View and have Snow Canyon lose their last game for us to have a tie for fourth with Snow Canyon,” coach Homer said.

Snow Canyon’s only remaining contest is at Cedar on Tuesday. That same evening, Desert Hills and Dixie, the two teams currently in second place, will face off against each other at Dixie. All three games on Tuesday begin at 7 p.m.

The six Region 9 teams other than Snow Canyon will then wrap up the regular season on Valentine’s Day next Thursday, with Desert Hills hosting Pine View, Cedar playing at Hurricane, and Dixie traveling to play at Canyon View.

— Written by Jeff Richards

Desert Hills 63, Snow Canyon 58

Katelyn Philips, of Desert Hills, gets free in the lane, St. George, Utah, Feb. 7, 2019 | Photo by David Larson, St. George News

In a back-and-forth battle, the Desert Hills Thunder defeated the Snow Canyon Warriors, 63-58, on Thursday night.

Desert Hills took an early three-point after one quarter, but the lead was cut to two at the half. Snow Canyon tied the game after three and the game remained tied after the fourth as the game went to overtime.

In overtime the Thunder broke away, taking the game over and clinching the win.

Katelyn Philips led Desert Hills in scoring, dropping 24 points in the win. Kellie Nance added 12 points and Julia Jacobsen added 11. With the win, the Thunder improved to 5-4 in region play.

Snow Canyon, which dropped to 5-6 in region play, was led by Tylei Jensen, who scored 19, and Olivia Harris, who added 15.

The Warriors travel to Cedar City to play the undefeated Lady Reds on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Thunder visit Dixie, also on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

— Written by Spencer Rodak

Pine View 54, Canyon View 42

The Pine View Panthers defeated the visiting Canyon View Falcons, 54-42, Thursday for their second straight region win.

Pine View took a six-point lead after the first quarter, but the lead was cut to three heading into halftime.

The score was tied after the third, but the Panthers broke away in the fourth, outscoring Canyon View 15-6 to seal the win.

Sophie Jensen led Pine View with 17 points, while Averi Papa added 14. The Panthers improved to 4-6 in region play, moving to half a game out of fourth place and the final playoff spot. Pine View hosts Hurricane, which is also 4-6, on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Jordan Nielson led the Falcons with 15 points and Harlee Nicoll added 13. Canyon View, which dropped to 1-10 in region play, hosts Dixie on Thursday at 7 p.m.

— Written by Spencer Rodak

Region 9 standings
Cedar 10-0 (19-0)
Dixie 6-4 (12-8)
Desert Hills 6-4 (11-7)
Snow Canyon 5-6 (8-14)
Hurricane 4-6 (8-12)
Pine View 4-6 (6-11)
Canyon View 1-10 (6-15)

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