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Taylor shows her skills in Wayne victory

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When a player in the 1A classification leads the state in scoring one might question if that player is really as good as her scoring average sounds.

Wayne senior Kali Taylor, who leads the state in scoring with 28.6 points per game, made an emphatic statement in her team's 40-35 win over Intermountain Christian on Friday.

She's got skills.

Taylor displayed her offensive arsenal in the second half with long-range bombs (two 3-pointers), a nice touch (one shot hit the front of the iron and bounced in) and fundamentals (a back-door cut led to an easy layup). She also hit six free throws in the final quarter.

Taylor may have had fans wondering if she was for real or not after she missed 9-of-13 shots from the field in the first half. But Taylor made big plays on both ends of the floor in the second half.

"I told myself I needed to step it up if we were going to win," she said.

Taylor stepped it up and lit the Lions up for 23 points in the second half despite heavy attention.

"We had to work to get her open," said Wayne coach Heidi Woolsey.

Besides scoring 13 of Wayne's 15 points in the fourth quarter, Taylor made the defensive play of the night. Intermountain Christian had the ball and trailed the Badgers by three with less than a minute to play. Lions forward Jessica Newhouse seemed to have an open look at the basket, but Taylor made a spectacular swat in the paint and picked up the loose ball. Taylor then iced the game with two free throws.

Lions coach Bill Postma said Taylor was the difference in the game.

"We knew she was going to get her points," Postma said. "We tried to take care of everyone else, and it worked for a while."

It worked for most of the game. The Lions led from the opening tip until midway through the fourth quarter but couldn't overcome Taylor.

In other girls' games:

REGION 1

DAVIS 46, SKYLINE 44: Davis' Megan Hansen dropped two of her 19 points with seven seconds left in double overtime to help the Darts edge Skyline.

LAYTON 57, COTTONWOOD 49: Cottonwood's Heidi Patterson led the way for the Colts with 16 points, but it was Layton that escaped with the win.

VIEWMONT 44, NORTHRIDGE 43: Viewmont's Stacie Newman hit one of two free throws with seven seconds left to help the Vikings to a win over Northridge.

REGION 2

WEST JORDAN 54, GRANGER 42: West Jordan's Hillary Scott and Tracy Davis combined for 35 points as the Jaguars downed Granger.

BINGHAM 45, HUNTER 24: Bingham's Shawna Wylie netted 13 points as the Miners dropped Hunter.

TAYLORSVILLE 55, RIVERTON 40: Haley Sodja and Chelsea Robinson combined for 27 points in leading Taylorsville to the victory.

KEARNS 68, COPPER HILLS 56: Kearns' Kellie Parker had 17 points and teammates Heather Little and Nina Brunt combined for 28 points and 15 rebounds as the Cougars topped Copper Hills.

REGION 5

WEST 46, OLYMPUS 43: West outscored the Titans 22-9 in the second quarter and coasted in.

HIGHLAND 49, EAST 38: Sharee Hendrix, Melissa Dennett and Jill Thomas each scored in double figures, with Dennett adding five blocks and five steals to lead the Rams.

BOUNTIFUL 53, CYPRUS 41: Bountiful's Nancy Seljaas netted 16 points as the Braves dropped Cyprus.

MURRAY 36, WOODS CROSS 21: Murray's Monique Pili scored 11 points as the Spartans topped Woods Cross.

REGION 6

PAYSON 48, PLEASANT GROVE 47: Payson squeaked past Pleasant Grove by one.

TIMPVIEW 57, PROVO 46: Provo's Kasey Mills netted 15 points and grabbed 11 boards, but it was Timpview that escaped with the win.

REGION 10

WASATCH 61, UINTAH 42: Shalee Fackerel scored 29 points for the Wasps.

UNION 56, PARK CITY 37: Park City's Janeen Nelson and Jackie Labrum combined for 24 points as the Cougars dropped Park City.

REGION 14

WEST DESERT 47, MERIDIAN 14: Kaydee Allred scored 17 points as the Hawks flew past the struggling Mongoose.

NONREGION

PANGUITCH 66, PAROWAN 30: Panguitch's Camile Christensen and Maxi Miller combined for 33 points as the Bobcats blasted Parowan.


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