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High school girls basketball: Kanab rolls over Duchesne into 2A semifinals

RICHFIELD — Heading into Thursday’s game against Duchesne, the Kanab High School girls basketball team wasn’t taking anything for granted.

The Kanab Cowgirls were able to snag a 44-25 victory over the Eagles and a slot in the semifinals portion of the state 2A state championship bracket.

“It’s a testament to the three seniors we brought back and to our underclassmen,” said Clint Glover, who is in his first year in the role of head coach. “We lost six seniors last year. … There’s been a lot of things we’ve had to figure out about each other.”

All cylinders were firing against Duchesne as Kanab raced to an 8-4 lead in the first stanza, thanks to Brinley Cornell and Rylee Anderson, who each scored four points.

Meanwhile Duchesne’s Oakley Butler and Josilynn Farnsworth each hit one shot from the floor.

Kanab’s Brynlee Swapp nailed an inside jumper to start the second period, followed by a trey from teammate Gracie Glover.

Duchesne’s Taylee Giles broke up the Cowgirl run with a 3-pointer — the first of two she’d shoot during the game.

Then the scoring returned to Kanab’s side of the court as Baylee Ramsey hit back-to-back treys.

“Bailey made some good 3-pointers for us to really get the momentum going,” Glover said.

The half ended as Swapp drained a downtowner, bringing the score to 27-8 in favor of Kanab.

“We shot well through the first half,” Glover said.

He said in the second half, the Cowgirls relied on Anderson to help keep the pace going. She was the game-high scorer, with 14 points, 10 of which came in the second half.

Anderson hit two successive inside shots, followed by a 3-pointer from Cornell.

The Cowgirls were successful in holding Duchesne to two points in the third quarter, both from trips to the foul line.

Kanab held on for the win in the fourth period, but Duchesne showed it still had some spark left.

Gracie Ewell hit seven points in the final period, including a 3-pointer. Giles also had a trey in the final portion of the game, as did teammate Grace Davis.

While the game puts Kanab into Friday’s semifinals, coach Glover said he’s not expecting an easy game.

“We’re looking at a really good, polished team that is playing fast basketball,” Glover said. He said he expects to see North Summit in the next round, a program that has earned its reputation as the top-ranked team in the state with a 22-1 overall record.

The 2A girls state tournament continues through Saturday at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.