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High school girls basketball: Notes and highlights from Tuesday’s games, including a showdown between unbeatens

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Silverwolves take down Davis to grab ahold of Region 1

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Fremont remained on top of the region after they beat Davis on the road 55-37. Both teams entered the game having beaten the other five teams in region, but having yet to face each other. The Silverwolves got big games from Timea Gardiner and Maggie Mendelson, who combined to score 33 points while the Darts were led by 10 points and a pair of three-pointers from Kylee Mabry. 

The win pushed Fremont to a 15-2 record on the season, with their only two losses coming out of state in a Christmas tournament. Both teams will look to continue their dominance before meeting again on February 17th at Fremont.

North Sevier takes down North Summit in tight battle.

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The Wolves found revenge after losing by just two points to the same team back on January 13th. North Sevier utilized a group effort to pick up the win, the pack was led by Gracee Johnson’s 15 points while Alli Mason, Avery Smith, and Brooklyn Butler also scored in double-figures. The Braves were led by a monster game from Hartlyn Richins, who finished with 22 points, five dimes and eight steals in the loss.

North Sevier grabbed a 21-13 lead early before letting it slip into a halftime deficit, but a strong fourth quarter flipped the game back into their favor when Johnson scored a bucket and got fouled. It was the Wolves first home game since December 21st and playing in front of their own gave them the final push they needed. Freshman Cale Torgerson converted on a clutch trip to the line in the final seconds to clinch the 53-51 victory. 

“They are well coached and play really hard.” said North Sevier coach Lexa Larson after the two teams each scored exactly 100 points over their two meetings this season. She continued, “I’m hoping this is the win we need to propel us into the postseason.

Timpview continues hot streak with win over Orem

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Hinemoa Aston finished with 19 points and five steals while Maddie Edgington added 10 points and hauled in seven rebounds as Timpview turned a tie game through three quarters into a 44-43 victory. Coming off back-to-back wins at Lehi and Jordan, the Thunderbirds needed a home win to continue their push for a region title. The Tigers gave them everything they could handle, but key defensive moments in the second half pushed them to victory. 

“Tonight was a gutsy win. I was proud of my team for fighting back from a halftime deficit and playing good enough defense to give us a chance to win.” said Timpview coach Haley Steed.

The Thunderbirds find themselves with one region loss, tied with Jordan for the fewest in Region 8 play. They travel to take on Timpanogos on Thursday before a crucial two game homestand next week.

Eagles outlast Cowboys in offensive shootout.

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Layton Christian defended their home floor with an offensive explosion after their 77-61 win brought Region 13 into a tie with Grantsville and Layton Christian joining Morgan. The three teams all have one loss but Grantsville has already gathered their fourth victory. 

The Eagles scored at least 16 points in all four quarters while the quartet of Ruzgar Boyle, Mariana Cubero, Mia Jones, and Bianca Silvaa tuned their way to big offensive nights. All four players finished with over 15 points and combined to hit eight three-pointers as they dominated inside and out.

“Grantsville is so well coached and [Megan Vera] is doing such a great job with a young team. We knew that we had to win that game to give us any chance in region. We took care of the ball against their press and we moved the ball. I have maybe the best pg I have ever coached in Bianca Silva along with Ruzgar and Jones contributing from behind the three-point line. You have to come play every night or you will get beat in a tough Region 13. The big thing for us is being consistent night in and night out.” commented Layton Christian coach Jeremy Jones after the big win.

Layton Christian will look to continue to build their momentum before their season ends with back-to-back road games against the Trojans and Cowboys.

Red Devils steal important road win at Maple Mountain

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Springville and Maple Mountain entered the game as the last two undefeated teams in Region 9 play, but it was the Red Devils who escaped with a 48-42 road win to grab the inside track on the region title. They found themselves down 14-12 after the opening period, but outscored the Golden Eagles in each of the final three quarters to earn the victory. 

Brooke Pennington was the leading scorer, dropping 14 points while Ellie Esplin added 12. Maple Mountain was led by Sheridan Liggett’s 15 points in the loss. Springville will wrap up the first half of region play with a home game against the visiting Provo Bulldogs.

Springville coach Holli Averett exclaimed “Good team win against a tough opponent. We need to keep improving each and every and every day. Every day we need to be taking steps forward.”