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High school basketball: Schreiner sparks Springville to win

SPRINGVILLE — With rivalry in the air and a raucous crowd on its feet, Springville rode the hot hand of senior forward Sam Schreiner to secure a 49-38 victory over Spanish Fork Tuesday evening.

Schreiner finished the game with 19 points, eight rebounds and one block. He went 7-for-7 from the field and 5-for-8 from the free-throw line, and, most importantly, provided Springville with a necessary offensive weapon on a night when go-to-guy Raul Delgado made only 3-of-8 shots.

"Our game plan was to spread things out, and we have guards who are great at dribbling in and dishing it to the open man," Schreiner said. "(Spanish Fork) was really focusing on Matt (Sumsion) and Raul tonight, so I was the one who got the open looks. I'm just happy I was able to hit my shots."

With the win, Springville (11-6) avenged the 56-50 loss to the Dons earlier this season and remained at the top of the Region 8 standings.

"The Springville-Spanish Fork rivalry is a great rivalry. It goes way back, and we expect packed houses at either place — there's a lot of noise, and that makes it fun," Springville coach Chris Kitchen said. "We needed this win because if they beat us we're tied in the standings, and they would have the tiebreaker over us. So this was a big win for us to separate us a little bit."

Springville came out hot and took a 14-7 lead after one quarter, but Spanish Fork (7-9) used a 7-0 run in the second quarter to tie the game at 25 going into halftime. Guard Ren Williamson and forward Travis Still, who led the Dons with 13 points apiece, combined to score 15 of the team's 18 points in the second quarter. Still had nine points while Williamson hit two of his game-high three treys just before halftime.

The second half wasn't nearly as competitive, though, as Springville's full-court press squashed the life out of the Spanish Fork offense. The Dons scored only three points in the third quarter and eventually fell behind 48-32 before scoring the final seven points of the game in garbage time.

"Defense always leads to offense," Kitchen said. "I think that Spanish Fork was very frustrated and they didn't do much the second half. That led to a lot of easy buckets for us."

While Delgado finished with only eight points, including the Red Devils' final six points of the game, he led Springville's stifling defense with five steals.

"In the last game we played against them they kind of had their way with us — they were cutting through the lane and going wherever they wanted," Schreiner said. "So tonight we really focused on bumping their cutters and disrupting their offense, and Raul was a big part of that. I think we played well as a team, and it feels really good to get the win."