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High school girls basketball: Top seeds dominate in 2A first round, Parowan lone visiting team to win

Eight of the nine higher seeds prevailed in the first round of the 2A state tournament

File: Beaver defeated Kanab 54-52, winning the 2A Girls State Championship basketball game at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. The Beavers were one of nine teams who came away victorious in the first round of the state tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020
Matt Herp, For the Deseret News

The first round of the 2A girls basketball state tournament tipped off at home sites on Tuesday. The higher seed prevailed in eight of the nine games, mostly in blowouts.

The lone road team to win was No. 19 seed Parowan, as it easily beat No. 14 seed St. Joseph 56-24.

Here’s a look at each of the nine first round games:

Beaver 48, Monticello 12: Beaver’s defense was dominant in the second half of the game, holding the Buckaroos to only three points (while scoring 29 themselves). Beaver’s Avery Brown was the standout performer with 25 of her team’s 48 points.

Duchesne 52, Merit Academy 15: Duchesne jumped out to a 22-2 first quarter lead and rolled from there for the 2A first round win as 11 different playoffs scored for the Eagles.

Altamont 72, Utah Military Hillfield 9: Alyssa Abbott and Madison Zeeman scored 13 points apiece while teammate Aspen Mitchell added another 11 to lift the Longhorns to the comfortable victory over Utah Military Hillfield.

Enterprise 78, Utah Military Camp Williams 15: Treshor Phelps, Sofie Shurtliff and Lomani Taylor each reached double-digits to lead a group of 12 scorers as the Wolves picked up a big victory over Utah Military Camp Williams.

Gunnison Valley 72, Real Salt Lake Academy 27: Kaylee Dyreng led all scorers with 16 points while teammate Berkley Peterson added another 11 to lift the Bulldogs to the playoff victory against Real Salt Lake Academy.

North Sevier 69, APA West Valley 11: Brinley Mason recorded 17 points to lead the Wolves in a balanced scoring attack against APA West Valley. Ten other players scored to help lift North Sevier to the next round of the 2A Playoffs.

Draper APA 61, Rockwell 27: Kassie Tui, Riley Bluth and Jossalyne Foster all scored in double figures as Draper APA rolled past Rockwell for the 2A first round win. The Eagles jumped out to a 14-4 lead after the first quarter and pushed it to 35-13 by halftime.

American Heritage 60, Freedom Prep 39: Higher-seeded American Heritage jumped out to an early lead on its way to the 2A first round win.

Parowan 56, St. Joseph 24: The visiting Rams dominated from the outset building a 36-10 halftime lead and coasting from there for the victory.