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High school basketball: Canyon View girls overwhelms Juan Diego in 3A quarters

OREM — With a steady offensive output and a stifling variety of defenses, the Canyon View Falcons easily handled the Juan Diego Soaring Eagle 56-33 on Thursday at Utah Valley University to advance to the 3A semifinals.

Coming off a 3-17 season last year, Juan Diego's title run ended with the quarterfinal loss, capping off the Soaring Eagle season at a more impressive 17-6.

Canyon View used an aggressive man defense, cutting off lanes and standing strong and immobile to take a 16-point lead into the break. The Falcons spread the offense around, getting multiple buckets from four different contributors.

"We know if we can get it done defensively, the offense will come," Canyon View senior Danielle Wynn said.

In the back-breaking second quarter, the Soaring Eagle couldn't manage to get a field goal, scoring only two points off a pair of free throws from senior Kulia Wilson. Juan Diego's Lauren Tigue led the Soaring Eagle offensively with five points at half.

"That's who we are, we're all about defense," Canyon View coach Brad Lambeth said. "The girls got after it and were excited to play. We didn't want to let them get into rhythm. We talked about limiting (Lauren Tigue's) touches and whatever else she did."

Wilson single-handedly willed Juan Diego through the second-half on both ends, with tenacious defense up front in the set defense and on the full-court press and scoring nine points and assisting on three of the four field goals that she didn't score herself.

With Wilson's defense on the press taking Canyon View's Wynn out of the game offensively, senior Cassie Holmes got the ball and drove up the sideline to break the press most of the second-half.

"Whenever I'm covered, I know I can kick it to Cassie and she'll take care of it, " Wynn said.

"These girls understand the fundamentals and are good at improvising," Lambeth said. "We'll run when we can."

Holmes put in 13 second-half points and tallied 18 total to lead the Falcons offensively, while junior Tori McGrath added 15, including six in the first quarter to get things started for Canyon View, and pulled down 11 rebounds. Wilson led Juan Diego with 13 in the game.

The Falcons will meet the winner of the Richfield/Wasatch quarterfinal at 12:50 p.m. Friday at Utah Valley University in the semifinals.

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