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High school girls basketball: Notes and highlights from Friday’s slate of games — Skyridge knocks off Lone Peak

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Skyridge upsets Lone Peak to shake up Region 4 landscape

Trailing Lone Peak by one game coming into the game, Skyridge executed well and played top-notch basketball to win 55-45 and level itself with the Knights at the top of the Region 4 standings.

Cambree Blackham and Ally Blackham excelled at getting to the rim, forcing Lone Peak to switch to zone which opened up the floor for Taylor Arnell, who hit key 3-point shots. Cambree Blackham finished with 13, Ally Blackham scored 10 and Arnell recorded 12 points.

Skyridge focused its defense on Lone Peak’s Kailey Woolston, holding her to 14 points — six points below her 20.2 season scoring average. Woolston cashed in on a four-point play with under a minute left to cut Skyridge’s lead to three, but the Falcons were able to hang on and deal Lone Peak just its second loss of the season. 

Skyridge coach Shaylee Nielsen says that her team’s tough preseason schedule helped them grow and prepare for big wins like this. 

“We’ve been through some adversity and are much stronger now,” said Nielsen. “I couldn’t have been more proud of our girls tonight, especially on the defensive end. They played so tough and battled all night.”

Payson sinks game-winning shot to defeat Salem Hills

Payson’s Melissa McCauley scored with four seconds remaining in the game to propel the Lions to an upset 37-35 win over rival Salem Hills. Whitney Bahr recorded one of her five assists on the game-winning play to go along with 10 points and five rebounds. 

Payson picks up its second win in Region 8 moving to 2-5, while Salem Hills drops to a 3-4 regional record.

Brighton gets gritty win over Cottonwood

Following a back-and-forth first half, Brighton used a 10-point advantage in the third quarter to get a 58-53 victory over the Colts

Jaimeson Meyer finished with a game-high 18 points for Brighton while Abby Berg and Chesney Chin also contributed to the Bengals’ scoring efforts with 13 and 10 points respectively.

“(Cottonwood) is an incredibly well-coached group of fighters. Neither team would quit,” said Brighton coach Doug Nielson. “We got lucky and had a few more shots fall than they did.”

Corner Canyon gets first region win over American Fork

After a disappointing 0-4 start in region play, Corner Canyon was able to break through and get its first region win with a 49-42 victory over American Fork.

Freshman Elina Mortensen scored a game-high 19 points for the Chargers, while Natalie Newton chipped in another 15 points on four made 3-point shots. 

“We’ve waited a long time to get our first region victory,” said Corner Canyon coach Gianni Ellefsen. “My team showed every bit of heart and character that they have. I’m very fortunate to coach this team.”

The Chargers will look to carry their momentum into their matchup against Skyridge on Feb. 5.

Stifling defense earns Viewmont a win over Woods Cross

The Vikings locked down on defense to clinch a 47-42 victory over Woods Cross. Viewmont’s defense held the Wildcats to just four points in the second quarter, outscoring them by 13 in that period, to get the separation it needed to get another region victory. 

Lauren Weir scored 16 and Grace MacKay added 14 points to lead the way for the Vikings.

“We played hard defense as always,” said Viewmont coach Roger Farnsworth. “When we play smarter on offense, we’ll be someone’s nightmare.”

Bryce Valley holds Panguitch to under 30 points

Bryce Valley smothered Panguitch on the defensive end en route to a 33-28 victory in Region 20

Panguitch’s Abbee Homan did her best to put points on the board for the Bobcats, scoring a game-high 13 points. For Bryce Valley, Brooklyn Syrett led the scoring with 12 points and Kezli Floyd delivered a stand-out defensive performance.

Bryce Valley coach Tyson Brinkerhoff said he was proud of how his girls stepped up in a game where they were short-handed due to complications with COVID-19.