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High school girls basketball: Notes and highlights from Tuesday’s games — Hunter edges Kearns to draw even in Region 2

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Action in the Davis at Syracuse girls basketball game in Syracuse on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Hunter edges Kearns to draw even in Region 2

Liv Harding scored 22 points, five assists and knocked down the icing free throws to push the Wolverines to the win on senior night by a score of 40-36. Seniors Lema Save and Alai Finau also hit timely buckets when the offense was struggling. Emma Aiono dominated the boards, finishing the game with ten.

Region 2 has been a battle all season and is set up for an exciting finish, tonight’s results left both of these teams at 5-3 and Cyprus picked up a 49-44 win to also get to 5-3. The Wolverines finish with games at Taylorsville and Granger while Kearns and Cyprus play each other on Thursday before their last games next week.

Lehi dominates Timpview to move to 9-0 in region play.

Lehi clinched their third straight region title with a 66-48 win over the Thunderbirds. The Pioneers were led by the three-headed monster of Maci Wall, Macie Warren, and Maddie Warren who combined to score 54 points and four 3-pointers. 

Delaney Gibb had 17 points and a couple of three-pointers in the loss as Timpview falls to 12-6 (6-3). 

Coach Seastrand commented, “I’m really proud of our team tonight. We stuck with our plan and we just challenged the girls to stay tough. Timpview played great. They’re a really tough team. But I’m happy that we played well enough to get a big win to solidify being region champs.”

Desert Hills beats Pine View to take hold of Region 9

Desert Hills trailed by eight points at halftime, but a 44-20 second half led the Thunder to a 64-48 win that puts them in great position for their first region championship since 2017. Pine View came into the game trailing Desert Hills by a single game, but they weren’t able to avenge a loss from earlier this season. 

The Thunder were led by 19 points, including nine in the third quarter, from Sa’de Turlington. She also had seven rebounds and four assists. Enid Vaifanua had 17 points and four steals and Shailee Bundy finished with an 11-point and 10-rebound double-double.

Desert Hills will finish their season with games against Hurricane, Dixie, and Cedar City. A win in any of those three games will clinch that region title.

Emery takes down South Sevier in pivotal Region 12 battle

Both teams entered the game at 7-1, with the Spartans one loss being a three-point defeat to the Rams two weeks ago. Emery was able to respond and pick up the 58-46 win in a game they led by 22 points after the third period.

Tatum Tanner had 22 points while Addie Lester and Tambrie Tuttle combined to score 27 points. Emery will take on a 4A team in Cedar Valley on Wednesday before trying to officially clinch the region title on Thursday.

Millard crawls back from early deficit to beat Kanab

After trailing by a dozen early in the first quarter, Millard was able to rally and pick up a tight 56-55 win over Kanab. Elize Swallow led all scorers with 26 points from inside the arc. Kanab has a lot of three-point shooters, but the Eagles were able to limit them from deep and find a way to a victory. 

Kanab finishes the season at 6-2 in region play and no will await to see if the 5-2 Beavers can beat Enterprise on Thursday. If they do the teams will share the region title. Millard will visit Parowan to wrap up their regular season.

Delta sets up Region 14 championship with win at North Sanpete

Jadee Dutson hit a trio of three-pointers on her way to a game high 17 points as the Rabbits beat North Sanpete 40-21. 

The win pushes Delta to 10-1, tying them up with Manti atop of the region. The Templars were off on Tuesday night. The two teams will meet on Thursday in Delta to decide who can claim themselves as region champs. Delta won the first matchup by 14 points at Manti on January 19th.

Canyon View sneaks past Cedar City in quest for first round bye

The Falcons were able to pick up a crucial 45-39 win while hosting Cedar City. Canyon View came into the game on the outside looking in of a first round bye for the state tournament, but defending home court against a solid team could help them jump in front of that line. Addison Newman had six steals to go along with her 13 points while Jaden Johnson led the offense with five assists. 

“We’ve been telling the girls all season to keep working— that we have potential to do great things.” said Canyon View coach Jaycee Slack. “We have finally started to peak at the end of the season.”

Sky View rallies from 15-point deficit in upset win over Logan.

The Bobcats trailed by a dozen at half, but a massive run that spanned the entire second half led to the Grizzlies first region loss of the season. Sky View was led by 25 points and three shots from downtown by Macy Hellstern. Other key plays included Gracie Rigby grabbing two offensive boards and following them up with putback layups and Kaytlin Smart drawing a momentum swinging charge. 

Sky View will host Ridgeline on Thursday before finishing the season with a pair of road games at Green Canyon and Mountain Crest. Logan will visit Green Canyon and then host Bear River, their final game is at Ridgeline in what will likely be a Region 11 championship.