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High school basketball: Miners rout Taylorsville to claim Region 3 title

WEST JORDAN — The Bingham Miners didn't want there to be any question of which team was the top of the heap in Region 3, so they took care of business from midway through the first quarter and ran away with the region championship by defeating Taylorsville 60-33.

The first time these two teams met, the Warriors put everything together and pulled off an overtime victory to give the Miners their only Region 3 loss. With Riverton and Taylorsville tied at 7-2 heading into their final region games and Bingham holding at 8-1, the game between the Miners and Warriors put everything on the line.

If Taylorsville had been able to pull off yet another upset of the Miners and Riverton had won their game, the teams would have found themselves tri-champions with a coin toss determining playoff positioning.

Bingham put that discussion to rest early as they snared a 13-12 lead in the first quarter and never looked back from there, leading 19-12 at the end of one, 33-16 at the end of the first half, and 48-26 at the end of the third.

The Miners pretty much coasted from there as Bingham coach Rand Rassmussen put his team into a ball control offense and slowed the game down to a crawl.

But through most of the game it was the Miners' stifling defense that led to the offensive production they were putting on the board.

"The last game we struggled against Taylorsville, and this time we knew we had to make some changes defensively. Defense for us is a momentum builder, an adrenaline builder," said Bingham assistant coach Charron Mason.

And that defense led to a precision offense in which sophomore Dez Ramos showed why she's touted as one of the top prospects in the state.

"Somebody steps up every game. Today Dez was just so team-oriented and selfless. She had some phenomenal passes, and she was playing awesome defense beyond her years," added Mason.

Ramos finished with a game-high 18 points and ran the offense with precision. Teammate Nicole New bold added 14, and Rachel Gines finished with 12 on senior night.

The Miners held Taylorsville star Saane Lo'amanu to a mere six points through three quarters and 11 points total in the game. Whitney Mitchell was able to score 15 points for the Warriors, but Taylorsville was put back onto its heels all night long and spent a lot of time shooting jumpers because it wasn't easy to get into the paint.

The Miners had reason to be proud of their free throw shooting as they knocked down a perfect 16-16 from the line while Taylorsville struggled from the stripe, only managing 8-19 in the game.

With the victory Bingham will head into the state tournament as Region 3's No. 1 seed, Riverton will take the second spot, and Taylorsville will drop into third.

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