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High school girls basketball: 6A first round recap, Hunter eases past West Jordan as 7 of 8 higher seeds advance

No. 17 Weber was the only road team to win in the 6A first round on Tuesday as it beat No. 16 Taylorsville

WEST VALLEY CITY — The 12th-seeded Hunter Wolverines outscored No. 21 West Jordan in each of the first three quarters Tuesday night and then thwarted any rally attempt in the fourth for the 48-41 victory to advance to the 6A second round.

Olivia Harding led Hunter with 13 points, with Nevaeh Brown and Angel Lui each adding 10 points.

Hunter beat region foe West Jordan in both region meetings, and coach Cameron Gardner said he was pleased his players didn’t overlook the Jaguars in the third meeting.

“It’s never easy to beat a team three times in the same season and after trailing 10-2 early in the first quarter we had to battle back. We were able to win each quarter and do enough to get the W. We had a balanced scoring attack and trusted in each other. This is a special team and we are enjoying the ride,” said Gardner.

With the win, the Wolverines advance to Thursday’s second round at No. 5 Skyridge.

Here’s a look at the other 6A first round games on Tuesday:

American Fork 54, Northridge 38

American Fork’s defense was suffocating to begin the game, holding Northridge to only two first quarter points. Jaylene Stott’s game-high 13 points was more than enough to lead the Cavemen. American Fork’s balanced attack saw Pyper Cuff, Abby Davis, Emily Evans and Halle Nelson all finished with 10 points.

Weber 44, Taylorsville 31

MaKaylee Nye scored 11 points as Weber enjoyed a wire-to-wire victory over Taylorsville to avenge an earlier loss to the Warriors to advance to the second round of the 6A playoffs.

Davis 54, Clearfield 29

The Darts have punched their ticket to the next round after a convincing win over the Falcons. Kylee Mabry led the way for Davis with a game-high 15 points.

Herriman 61, West 25

West struggled to score with Herriman harassing them each time down floor and was unable to pull off the upset despite the heroics of Whitney Banz, who had 17 of West’s 25 points. Lexi Jensen led the way for Herriman, with 15 points and three made three pointers.

Layton 64, Corner Canyon 47

Layton’s dominant first quarter provided them the cushion it needed to stave off the ensuing runs from Corner Canyon and secure themselves a spot in the next round. Corner Canyon’s Alexa Orten scored a game-high 20 points, while Kamryn Moore led the Lancers with 18 points.

Riverton 64, Granger 24

Twelve different Silverwolves scored but non in double-figures as the strength of the pack led them to a victory over Granger. Their defense shutout the Lancers in the first quarter.

Copper Hills 73, Cyprus 29

The Grizzlies had three players in double-figures, helping them take down the Pirates and move on to the second round of the state tournament.

Jordan 61, Kearns 44

Maile Afoa’s 22 points helped lead Jordan to its first playoff victory in a dozen years as it beat the visiting Cougars.

Pleasant Grove 50, Roy 36

Pleasant Grove’s exceptional defense held Roy to only eight first half points. The Vikings advance to the next round thanks to 15 points apiece from Eva Ongoongotau and Emma Osguthorpe.