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High school girls basketball: Beaver rolls Altamont 54-26, secures semifinal berth

RICHFIELD — What the Beaver Beavers did Thursday night at the Sevier Valley Center was what they have done all season long — handled their 2A competition.

Led by Linley White and Nixan Davis, who combined to score 23 points, the No. 1 Beavers soundly defeated the No. 4 Altamont Longhorns 54-26.

Other standouts for the victors included Tierra Goff and Sydnee Gillins, who each scored nine points, as well as Brittlyn Carter, who chipped in five.

The Longhorns were led, for their part, by Emery Maxfield, who finished with a team-high eight points.

Despite the awfully lopsided score, it took awhile for the Beavers to look the part of a championship contender.

Case in point, after quarter number one the Beavers led by just seven. Even more eye-opening, at the close of the first half the lead was still in the single digits, at nine.

“We could have played better,” said Beaver head coach Jonathan Marshall. “I think we were a little tight, but Altamont deserves credit. They played hard and they did a lot of good things out there. They didn’t make it easy for us.”

The second half brought with it the elite Beaver team that Region 18 and the rest of 2A is more familiar with.

Propelled by their defense, as well as the offensive contributions of White and Goff, the Beavers erupted for 25 third-quarter points.

White and Goff combined to score 12 points in the period.

The Longhorns, on the other hand, were held to just eight total points.

“We made a couple of adjustments there defensively,” said Marshall. “We ran a little half-court trap that really bothered them a little bit and I think our girls just settled down on offense.”

No one made a bigger mark, per Marshall, defensively at least, than junior Brittlyn Carter.

“Even though (Brittlyn) didn’t score a lot of points I thought on the defensive end she worked hard, hustled and got a ton of steals and deflections,” said Marshall. “She was diving on the floor. I was really impressed with her tonight.”

Perhaps no sequence typified her night more than a charge she took early in the fourth quarter.

At that point, the game was already out of hand, and yet there was the Beaver starter standing in and taking a charge for her team.

It has been that kind of effort that has enabled Beaver to be so successful all season long, and they’ll need to continue to put forth that effort Friday afternoon against the Enterprise Wolves.

While the Beavers came away victorious in both regular-season meetings with Enterprise, five points was all that separated the teams.

“Hopefully we can carry over (our second half play) into tomorrow,” said Marshall. “We are going to have to play a lot better than (we did) if we want to win tomorrow night against Enterprise.”


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