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

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Beaver makes plays down the stretch to beat Parowan

A back-and-forth game throughout, Beaver pulled through in the end, outscoring Parowan 15-5 in the final quarter of play to win 48-39. Avery Brown and Halle Hutchings led Beaver with 20 and 15 points respectively.

“Both teams struggled shooting the ball,” said Beaver head coach Jonathan Marshall. “We were able to finally make some plays down the stretch to get the win. Every win in our region is a good win.”

West Jordan narrowly beats Granger to get first region win

Despite 31 points from Granger’s Ruby Vaitu’u, West Jordan was able to hold off a late surge from the Lancers and secure a 68-65 win — its first win in region play.

The Jaguars had four players finish in double figures, led by Elizabeth Harding who finished with 17.

“Granger is a good coached team so it was a back and forth game for sure. I give all credit to my players for going out there and battling and coming out with a win,” said West Jordan head coach Lei Lolohea.

McRae finishes with a career high for Alta in win over Mountain View

Alta’s Brinlee McRae played lights out, finishing with a career-best 33 points as her squad edged out Mountain View 48-44.

“McRae has a great court sense,” said Alta Head Coach Lizzy Gustafson. “She can create opportunities to score for herself while also looking for her teammates.”

In addition to the 33 points, McRae also had nine rebounds and four steals.

“Our team enjoys playing with Brinlee and has truly bonded together this season,” said Gustafson.

Desert Hills proves it’s the top dog in Region 9

Matched up against one of the better teams in the region, Dixie, the Thunder made a statement, winning 59-29 to improve to 10-2 overall and 6-0 in region play. Julia Jacobsen (21 points) and Enid Vaifanua (17 points all in the second half) led the way for Desert Hills.

“We struggled in the first half and Dixie played hard,” said Desert Hills head coach Ron Denos. “The second half we played better defense, which resulted in us playing our game and really moving the ball around.”

Denos said he’s liked how his team has defended their home court, but he is hoping his team will perform the same way when they hit the road more.

Logan beats Sky View in overtime thriller

In a premiere region matchup, Sky View’s Gracie Rigby hit a baseline jumper at the end of regulation to force overtime, but Logan gained the final advantage in overtime to win 54-52.

“We dug deep and kept our composure executing plays offensively and keeping our defensive intensity,” said Logan head coach Morganne Madsen. “Sky View is a great team, which makes me even more proud of my team tonight for their execution and pulling everything together.”

Logan shot a perfect 14 of 14 from the free-throw line, a stat which Madsen said played a huge role in the Grizzlies getting the win.

Hunter remains undefeated in Region 2 with win over Taylorsville

Leading by 17 with about five minutes left to play in the game, Taylorsville turned it on to cut the lead down to two points with just two minutes left in the game. But Hunter’s Olivia Harding was clutch from the charity stripe down the stretch and didn’t miss a free throw the whole game.

Harding led the way with 20 points to go along with five rebounds and three steals. Hunter’s Emma Aiono also performed well, recording a double double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

“Any win is a good win when you get into region play. We did just enough to hold on and get the W,” said head coach Cameron Gardner following the win.

Hunter moves to 3-0 in region play and remains atop the region standings.


Mount Vernon freshman Matt Lambson finishes with school record 48 points

After scoring 37 points last week, Mount Vernon freshman Matt Lambson finished with 48 points in a 77-64 win over Rich. Lambson couldn’t be stopped, hitting eight shots from behind the arc. Mount Vernon improves to 10-3 and remains undefeated in region play.