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

Skyridge lets lead slip before Cambree Blackham’s heroic performance

Corner Canyon rallied back from a 15-point fourth quarter deficit to tie the game, but in the end Cambree Blackham’s clutch scoring helped the Falcons edge out a tight 48-42 win over the Chargers. Blackham first hit a bucket with under a minute to go and then hit free throws the rest of the way. Ally Blackham led the team with 14 points while Teagan Gray added 10 and a pair of triples.

The win was each team’s opening Region 4 game. The region will once again be a brutal battle. Skyridge will now hosts Westlake on Tuesday before visiting American Fork next Friday while Corner Canyon has back-to-back home games against Pleasant Grove and then Westlake.

No. 2 Wayne beats No. 1 Valley on the road

In a battle of the top two teams in 1A, Wayne came away with a dominating 60-47 victory over the Buffaloes. The Badgers entered the night 9-2 and undefeated in Region 20 play but ranked behind their opponent in RPI play, but after posting scores of 10-4, 16-8, and 22-14 in the first three quarters, there was little doubt left on who would be ranked #1 in the next edition.

Hali Peterson, Abby Stevens, and Hanna Williams each scored at least 15 points in the win as the blitzing offense of Wayne was the leading cause in the victory.

After Valley won on opening night six weeks ago, the season series now sits at one win apiece before these teams meet again on February 10th in the second-to-last regular season game.

Payson rallies to win in coaches return

In their coach’s first game back from COVID, the Lions edged out Maple Mountain with a 38-27 second half, leading to a thrilling 54-47 win in a back-and forth-game. Sarah Rowley and Melissa McCauley combined to score 28 points. Payson’s impressive defense couldn’t quite slow down Kenley Nelson, who finished the game with 15 points and 21 rebounds, but did enough to pick up a great region 8 battle.

The upset win will help Payson climb the RPI rankings, and they can continue to do so with wins next week on the road at Spanish Fork and at home against Park City.

Bees swarm Woods Cross and win ugly battle

The Bees were able to grind out a slug fest win in a defensive win over the Wildcats with a final score of 36-29. When asked about their defense, coach Aaron Dooley responded by saying, “I was proud of our girls coming up and making big defensive stops and making just enough plays to get the win.”

Box Elder used a balanced scoring attack, only five players scored but all pitched in at least five points and none topped double-digits. Tegan Mecham, Kamryn Peterson, and Annika Quayle combined to knock down five triples. The 3-pointers as well as an 11-6 free throw advantage is what pushed Box Elder to the win over the Wildcats.

Layton Christian picks up impressive win on road trip

2A No. 4 Layton Christian picked up a good road win against a solid 4A team by a score of 39-35. The Eagles hit traffic on their way to the matchup and showed up just fifteen minutes before the game. Coach Jeremy Jones said in regards to the unusual circumstances, ”What I want to say is Uintah is a high class, very professional school, the AD and coach were so good to us and treated us the best we have seen. Their team was all class, such high praise for them.”

As for the game itself, it was a low-scoring defensive battle. Uintah went up early but a 14-6 run gave LCA a halftime lead. The Utes fought back to tie the game after three quarters, but a strong fourth quarter in which the Eagles only let up five points gave them the victory. They were led by Patricia Ramirez’s 13 points and Mia Jones 10.

Salem Hills wins tight game over visiting Spanish Fork

Salem Hills picked up the home win over Spanish Fork and won 51-49. Macklyn Mortensen finished with 18 points and Kira Muir added 13. Emma Willis crashed the glass and finished with 11 rebounds. The Mighty Dons were led by 15 points and nine rebounds for Staci Lomenick and nine points from a trio of 3-pointers from Allie Branch. The Skyhawks found themselves down five at halftime, but a great third quarter defensively followed by a 17-point fourth quarter led them to victory.

Mortensen had a huge 3-pointer late in the game to give her team the lead for good. Spanish Fork had a chance to tie, down two with five seconds left but couldn’t convert as Salem Hills’ defense escaped with the win.

Charly Stevens huge third quarter keeps Layton undefeated in region play

Layton turned a four point halftime lead into a 14-point advantage with a monster offensive third quarter that was led by Charly Stevens who scored nine of her 13 points in that period. Layton would go on to win the game 52-42. Stevens added six boards and a steal.

Kamryn Moore had nine points and four assists while Hailey Cuppett added 10-4-4. The win keeps Layton in an undefeated tie with Syracuse and Fremont atop of Region 1.The Lancers host Syracuse on Tuesday.