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High school girls basketball: Notes and highlights from Thursday’s games — Herriman secures first region title in school history

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Herriman and Bingham compete in a high school girls basketball game in South Jordan on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.

Annie Barker, Deseret News

Herriman secures first region title in school history

In order to clinch the region title, the Herriman Mustangs needed to beat the two-time defending state champion Bingham on its home floor on senior night. Herriman proved to be up to the challenge, securing a 43-38 victory and clinching its first region title in program history.

Herriman was led by Lexi Jenson who scored 18 points and Nani Falatea who chipped in 12 points.

The Mustangs remained undefeated in region, improving to 8-0 and 18-1 overall on the season. Herriman trails only undefeated Fremont in the state rankings. 

Thrilling overtime game decides the Region 14 champion

Trailing Manti by seven heading into the fourth quarter, with a region title on the line, Delta fought back and Haylee Christensen hit two free throws to tie the game at 44 and send it to overtime. The Rabbits’ momentum continued into overtime and Delta finished with a 53-49 win, clinching the region title.

Delta’s 81% shooting from the free throw line proved to be the big difference in the game as Delta got revenge over a Manti team that knocked Delta out of the 3A playoffs last year.

Jadee Dutson led the scoring attack for Delta, finishing with 12 points, while Kinlie Davis and Jordyn Nielson each scored 11 points. Manti’s Heidi Jorgenson led all scorers with 15 points.

Pair of Region 11 upsets keeps title race alive

The Sky View Bobcats put together one of their best performances of the year to take down Ridgeline 48-32. 

The Riverhawks made a push in the second half to cut Sky View’s lead to just two points, but Macy Hellstern’s and-one finish and a 3-pointer from Addey Merrill pushed the Bobcats lead to eight points, dealing a blow that Ridgeline couldn’t recover from. 

Hellstern scored a team-high 13 points for Sky View, while Ridgeline’s Haley Anderson led all scorers with 14 points. 

Elsewhere in the region, the Green Canyon Wolves used a strong defensive performance to defeat Logan 55-41. The Wolves held Logan stars Amber Kartchner and Taylor Rose — who average nearly 32 combined points this season — to just 16 points between the two. 

“They played so well as a team and were unselfish,” Green Canyon coach Alexis Bird said speaking of her players. “Our girls really bought into the mindset of ‘one possession at a time’.” 

The wins by Sky View and Green Canyon move both teams into a second place tie and within one game of first place. With both Logan and Ridgeline failing to capitalize on one another’s losses, the teams remained tied for first place in the region, likely setting up a winner-take-all matchup between the two teams on Feb. 18 when Logan travels to Ridgeline. 

Kearns win moves it into sole possession of first place in Region 2

Coming into the night in a three-way tie for first place, Kearns narrowly edged out Cyprus 52-49. 

In addition to handing Cyprus the loss, Hunter’s loss to Taylorsville moves Kearns into sole possession of first place, giving it control of its own destiny. Kearns can clinch the Region 2 title with a win against Taylorsville next Thursday. 

Kearns’ Ema Mumford came up huge for the Cougars and finished with a game-high 20 points.

“Ema played some big minutes for us tonight,” Kearns head coach Andrew Walker said. “Her aggressiveness to get to the line made a big difference.”

Snow Canyon gets second region win of the season with big fourth-quarter comeback

Trailing by 13 heading into the final period of play, Snow Canyon used a 27-point fourth quarter to erase the lead and take home a nail-biting 46-45 win over Dixie. The 27-point quarter came after the Warriors scored just 19 combined points in the first three quarters. 

Snow Canyon’s Natalie Olson drilled three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter on her way to a game-high 16 points, while Ebony Lealao and Tyler Mooring each finished with 12 for the Warriors.

“Crazy fourth quarter for sure,” Snow Canyon coach Dan Roden said. “The girls kept their composure and stayed the course.”

The hard-earned comeback win gives Snow Canyon just its second region win of the year and its third win overall.