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High school girls basketball: Notes and highlights from Tuesday’s games, including a battle among friends

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Phoenix leave triumphant in battle among friends

Farmington edged out the Lancers 59-58 in a back-and-forth contest that finished with Talin Stimpson knocking down a pair of free throws in the final seconds to grab the victory. Delaney Baker scored 21 points, hauled in seven rebounds and picked up four steals while Marissa Marchant had 15 points. Layton was led by Charly Stevens who scored 19 points. 

“It was a great game which saw two long time friends go against each other.” said Farmington coach Van Price, who previously coached at Layton. The Lancers are now led by Rob Reisbeck who was an assistant coach for nearly two decades to Price. 

Clutch buckets lead West over the Royals

After letting a halftime lead slip away, West rallied back in the fourth quarter to pick up the region win. Fina Tuha hit two big layups late in the game to seal the 38-35 victory. Ebony Lealao led all scorers with 10 points and two 3-pointers. Sha’Kyra Joiner led Roy with nine points. The win pushes West to 2-1 in Region 2 play. 

“We felt the girls played great defense tonight. We have a lot of respect for Roy, so to pull a win out against them is huge. Ebony Lealao has been a leader for us all season and tonight was no different,” said West coach Olosaa Solovi.

Juab escapes with a win over Union

After being all tied up after three quarters, Juab was able to walk away with a 56-54 victory after a tough fourth quarter in which the teams combined to score 36 points. Hallie Worwood and Avia Stowell dominated inside, combining to score 31 points with just one 3-pointer. Union was led by Riley Richards, who knocked down a trio of 3-pointers on her way to 15 total points.

The Wasps utilized their home court advantage to pull out the win.

“Tonight’s game was a lot of fun and both teams played hard,” said Juab coach Brady Welburn. “That atmosphere was electric! The game went back and forth all night and we feel fortunate to have come out on top. Proud of our girls!”

Late 3-pointers lead Beetdiggers over Tigers

Lele Liava’a dominated on both sides of the ball, scoring 20 points with three 3-pointers on offense while wreaking havoc on defense. Gaby Goo led Orem with 21 points and a pair of shots from downtown. The teams found themselves tied in the final minute at 42 all when Fui Niumeitolu’s corner 3-pointer dropped to give the Beetdiggers a final score victory of 45-42.

“We know every game is going to be a battle, especially when you get to region play. We lost a lot of close games in preseason and I think it helped prepare us for region. We made some big plays on both ends of the court and these girls did what it took to come away with a good region win.” commented Jordan coach Tallon Robertson.

Maeser Prep steals win on the road over Freedom Prep Academy

Maeser Prep earned a region road win behind 25 points and 10 steals from Victory Memmott. Macy Sherwood had nine points and 11 rebounds while Patricia Keeley added in six points as the Lions won 40-35 over the Eagles. It was Maeser Prep’s second consecutive region win and they will look to continue to build on that with two consecutive road games at Merit Academy and Wasatch Academy.

“It was a great defensive effort and a great team win,” said Maeser Prep coach Jared Norris.