4A girls basketball: Ridgeline completes 3-game sweep in Region 10; Desert Hills wins

ST. GEORGE — It’s way too early to declare any 4A girls basketball team the best in Utah, but Ridgeline is making its claim to be at the top of anyone’s list.

The Riverhawks completed a 3-game Region 10 sweep after beating Snow Canyon by 20.

Meanwhile, Desert Hills was the only Region 10 team to pick up a win as teams move into the holiday break and prepare for the region schedule starting after the New Year.

Following are recaps of Saturday’s action on the hardwood around St. George.

Ridgeline 64, Snow Canyon 44

Snow Canyon’s Olivia Hamlin (23) passes to Kelly Howard (11) against Ridgeline in a 4A girls basketball game, St. George, Utah, Dec. 10, 2022 | Photo by E. George Goold, St. George News

For the first half, the game between two of the top 4A squads was everything it was billed to be as Snow Canyon (4-3) came out strong and took a 16-11 lead after one quarter.

Ridgeline’s Emily Skinner and Snow Canyon’s Olivia Hamlin put on a show in the first half, often going to head-to-head and leading their teams by trading buckets.

But then Ridgeline’s defense clamped down in the second half, forcing the Warriors into some bad shots and scoring in transition as they raced to the 20-point victory.

“We lost some focus,” Warriors coach Dan Roden told St. George News after addressing his troops. “Against a state championship-caliber team, we lose our focus and intensity for just a second, and they take advantage of it.”

For the second contest in a row, Ridgeline (4-0) showed that it has complementary players to Skinner that help take the pressure to be a star off of her.

“Emily is willing to share the ball. She can score when she needs to, but she also knows and understands how to use her teammates, and our teammates are great,” Ridgeline coach Ainsli Jenks said. “They’re obviously a complete team.”

Three other Riverhawks shined in the win as Elise Livingston (13 points), Hallee Smith (13 points) and Macie Brown (12 points) forced Snow Canyon to defend every position on every possession.

Hamlin started off scorching and hit a 3-pointer to open the game. Kelly Howard later drained a trey for the home team and Snow Canyon led early, 6-4.

Skinner and Hamlin traded buckets, then Kyza Andrews scored a 3-pointer off glass to make Snow Canyon’s advantage 11-6.

Skinner and Hamlin then traded 3-pointers. Brown had a Ridgeline bucket and Hamlin scored right at the end of the session to provide the Warriors a five-point lead going into the second quarter.

Snow Canyon’s Olivia Hamlin (23) scores against Ridgeline in a 4A girls basketball game, St. George, Utah, Dec. 10, 2022 | Photo by E. George Goold, St. George News

Skinner collected an offensive rebound and scored on separate possessions and Smith took over with six late points as the Riverhawks regained the lead and never gave it back. They led 34-26 at halftime.

Ridgeline upped their advantage in a sluggish third quarter, outscoring the Warriors 15-7.

“We got out of our defensive positioning,” Roden said. “We took some bad shots on offense because we didn’t reverse it, and it just kind of ballooned.”

Hamlin’s 17 points led Snow Canyon in the setback. Senior Natalie Olson scored 14 for the Warriors and was the only other player in double-digits.

Snow Canyon’s next game is Dec. 16 at Spanish Fork.

Desert Hills 52, Logan 14

The Thunder (3-3) had no problem with the Grizzlies at home.

The defending 4A state champs got 14 points each from Kaitlyn Andrus and Hannah Heaton in the victory. 

Jacie Riding threw in 12 points for the winners and Tess Peterson and Mylee Villanueva each contributed five points for Desert Hills.

The Thunder gets a holiday break and next plays in its first Region 10 contest on Jan. 3 at Cedar. 

Green Canyon 65, Crimson Cliffs 30

Alyssa Whittaker led the Mustangs in the defeat at home with 13 points. Colleen Korella scored four points and three Mustangs (Samiyah Jones, Kinsey Plewe, Kenadee Richey) sank a 3-pointer for Crimson Cliffs.

The Wolves poured it on early, taking a 28-7 lead after one quarter and a 47-10 advantage at halftime.

Crimson Cliffs (1-3) next plays at Canyon View on Dec. 14. 

Mountain Crest 44, Pine View 34

The Panthers slipped to 3-5 overall after the stumble at home. 

Pine View dominated Region 11’s Mustangs 14-3 in the first quarter, then the teams flip-flopped and Mountain Crest dominated the second frame, 11-4. Pine View clung to a 1-point lead at halftime.

But then Mountain Crest took control in a 16-11 third quarter and seized the fourth quarter 14-5 to secure the victory. 

Pine View gets time off for the holidays and next plays at Richfield on Dec. 29.

Bear River 42, Cedar 33

Cedar (0-4) is still seeking its first win after falling at home against the Bears.

Annalyse Shimada scored 17 points to pace the Reds in the defeat.

Cedar goes on the road for its next game, traveling to face Highland on Dec. 14.

Sky View 64, Hurricane 39

Hurricane (1-5) fell at home, losing its fifth consecutive contest after winning its opening game.

Individual scoring details were not available at press time.

Hurricane gets a break and its next game is its first Region 10 game, Jan. 3 at home against Dixie.

Desert Pines 52, Dixie 36

The Jaguars from Las Vegas, Nevada beat the Flyers by 16.

Individual scoring details were not available at press time.

Dixie is 2-3 on the season after the loss.

Dixie’s next game is Dec. 16 on the road in Overton, Nevada against Moapa Valley.

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