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High school girls basketball: Notes and highlights from Thursday’s slate of games

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Summit Academy moves atop Region 13 with win over Providence Hall

After a dominating 65-38 win over Providence Hall, Summit Academy moved to the top of Region 13 at 2-0, just ahead of Grantsville, the Goliath of the region.

Summit Academy had four players finish in double figures, led by Kyrie Alldredge, who finished with 16 points while hitting three 3-pointers. Ella Christian also played a complete game for the Bears and finished with 13 points.

Rich beats one of Wyoming’s top teams

Trailing by 11 at one point in the third quarter, Rich stormed back to beat Cokeville (Wyoming) 52-45. The Rebels outscored Cokeville 20-6 in the fourth quarter. McKina Stacey led the way for Rich, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring 26 points. 

“The girls made some great stops and hit free throws to win,” said Rich head coach Cody Lundgren.

Hunter sneaks past Cyprus

In a matchup of two teams that started 1-0 in region play, Hunter narrowly beat Cyprus 49-48. Hunter sophomore Emma Aiono converted a layup with 12 seconds left to seal the win and allow the Wolverines to move to 2-0 in region play. The teams hit a combined 14 3-pointers in the second half.

“I am really proud of my girls tonight — their sticking with the game plan and their resiliency in responding to every 3 Cyprus made down the stretch,” said Hunter head coach Cameron Gardner. “It was a great team win and fun basketball game to be a part of.”

Kanab stays undefeated in region play by beating Beaver

Kanab defeated Beaver 39-33 to gain crucial separation in a top-heavy Region 18.

A defensive battle throughout, Kanab benefited from the strong defensive play of juniors Marley Daley and Rylie Staton despite a cold shooting performance in the second half. 

Kanab moves to 2-0 in region play and 8-2 overall. 

Farmington makes statement in its first game in over two weeks

Due to complications with COVID-19, Farmington hadn’t played a game since Dec. 30 but was able to shake off the rust and secure a commanding 45-23 win over a tough, interregional opponent in Bountiful. 

Farmington used its stifling defense and a big third quarter — outscoring Bountiful 18-8 — to cruise to a commanding victory and move to 8-1 on the year.

Ridgeline edges out Green Canyon in overtime thriller

Ridgeline’s Haley Anderson hit a 3-pointer from the corner to put Ridgeline up by 1 with 30 seconds left in overtime and then Ridgeline’s defense then did its job, stopping Green Canyon’s attempts to retake the lead. 

Trailing by two points late in the fourth quarter, Green Canyon’s Landree Spackman hit a layup to send the game into overtime.

“Green Canyon is a great team and it was a battle,” said Ridgeline head coach Ainsli Jenks. “I was proud of our girls for fighting hard to finish with a win.”

Desert Hills overcomes an outstanding game from Averi Papa, beats Pine View in overtime

After a strong first half performance from Desert Hills, Pine View stormed back to send the game into overtime, but couldn’t keep the momentum going in the extra period and Desert Hills won 68-65, overcoming 29 points from Pine View’s Averi Papa. 

Shailee Bundy and led the way for Desert Hills, finishing with 18 points and 20 rebounds. Julia Jacobsen finished with 19 and Enid Vaifanua scored seven of the Thunder’s nine overtime points as Desert Hills remained undefeated in region play. 

Duchesne beats region foe Altamont by a point

Duchesne remained undefeated in region play after narrowly edging out Altamont, which was looking for its first region win. 

Gracie Ewell and Oakley Butler combined for 18 of Duchesne’s 32 points in what was primarily a defensive showcase from both teams. Abby Long led the Longhorns with 11.

Altamont forced a turnover with less than 10 seconds left and had a shot to win, but Duchesne’s defense held on to clinch the nail-biting victory.