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SOUTH JORDAN — Rand Rasmussen can bemoan his team's lack of offense all he wants. If they continue to play defense the way they did Thursday night, they probably won't lose too many basketball games.

"It disrupts everything you try and do," said Jordan coach Greg Cramer after the Miners defeated his Beetdiggers 62-28 on the opening night of Region 2 play. "It's one of the best I've seen. My hat is off to them."

The Beetdiggers led 6-2 after four minutes. Then two things happened: The Miners began a full-court press ,and Jordan's star player, senior Rochelle Hoover left the game in the second quarter with an injury to her left hand.

Cramer said it was thought Hoover might have broken a finger, although she stayed to watch her teammate struggle through their first region game at Bingham.

Jordan, however, was already falling behind when Hoover was hurt. Miner senior Abbie Siebenhaar had five steals in the game — three of them came in the game's second quarter when Bingham opened up a 30-9 lead.

The Beetdiggers didn't score a field goal until there was 1:21 left in the second quarter. The other point that quarter came from a free throw.

Still, Rasmussen is right by saying he didn't have an offensive star — 15 of the 16 girls who played at least scored a point. Siebenhaar had eight and Natalie Anderson finished with nine for the team high.

Rasmussen praised his team for its effort against Jordan but shook his head when he thought about meeting Alta next Tuesday.


"We have no hope against Alta," he said. "We don't have a player that could start for Alta's varsity . . . I'm not smart enough to figure out reverse psychology. I'm just telling the truth."

In other games Thursday:

REGION 2

ALTA 67, HILLCREST 37: Janae Hirschi scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Hawks improved to 7-1.

BRIGHTON 43, RIVERTON 38: Vanessa Hutson scored 19 of her 21 points in the second half as the Bengals made a fourth-quarter comeback.

COPPER HILLS 43, WEST JORDAN 38 (OT): Bree Feroah made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead the Grizzlies to an overtime victory.

REGION 15

PANGUITCH 61, PIUTE 34: Shelly Hatch scored 19 points to lead the Bobcats, who are 7-0 in league play. Shayla Robinson scored 17 for Piute.

NONREGION

UNION 72, SOUTH SUMMIT 55: Chelsea Glines had a career high with 23 points, and Janeen Nelson scored 16, including three three-pointers.

MILLARD 62, RICHFIELD 50: Fallyn Brinkerhoff scored 24 points and Jill Bailey blocked nine shots as the Eagles stayed unbeaten.

MOUNTAIN CREST 55, MORGAN 50: Katie Thatcher scored 23 as the Mustangs handed Morgan its first loss of the season.

MONTICELLO 45, SAN JUAN 41: Susie Freestone scored 10 for Monticello, one of only two players in the game in double figures. San Juan trailed by 10 with less than a minute to go, but couldn't complete the comeback.

JUDGE MEMORIAL 57, HURRICANE 49:

SPANISH FORK 67, TIMPANOGOS 46: Despite a 29-6 desparity in free throw attempts, Spanish Fork came away with a 20-point win. Mara Best led all scorers with 26.

PARK CITY 53, TOOELE 36: Grace Crandall led the Miners with 15 points, Nicole Tomlin led the defense with six steals.

ENTERPRISE 51, SOUTH SEVIER 43: Sam Moyle scored 22 for Enterprise, including 12-15 from the line.

WASATCH 72, BEN LOMOND 46: Shalee Fackrell led the Wasps with 29 points, and Jenny Hatch had 22 for Ben Lomond.

BOYS' GAMES

NONREGION

NORTH SANPETE 80, GUNNISON 63: Sam Wilkey scored 13 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead a balanced scoring attack by the Hawks.

JUAN DIEGO 57, GRANTSVILLE JV 47: Chad Vaculin dropped 27 points on Grantsville.

GREEN RIVER 62, ALTAMONT 37: Green River outscored Altamont by 14 in the first half, behind 22 points from Gabrin Ekker.

PAROWAN 100, MILFORD 53: Parowan's Trevor Yardley scored 21 points and Keith Hughes added 20 more. Travis Nelson led Milford with 20.

BEAVER 66, SOUTH SEVIER 35: Matt Albrecht and Wes Marshall combined for 31 points in the win for the Beavers.


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