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High school boys basketball: Notes and highlights from Friday’s games — Westlake defeats Skyridge to remain perfect in Region 4 play

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Westlake defeats Skyridge to remain perfect in Region 4 play

After three quarters of back-and-forth play, the Thunder exploded in the final session for a 30-18 deficit to take a demanding lead and secure the 76-66 victory over Skyridge. Noah McCord scored a game-high 21 points, 11 of which came in clutch in the fourth quarter. Oakley Slade, Noah Madsen, and Kaleb Furey each scored in double-digits for Westlake, combing for 36 points in the win. In addition to his 14 points, Slade closed out the night with a perfect 8/8 from the free throw line.

Nick Holland scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Falcons in the loss.

“Tonight’s game at Skyridge was a great high school game. Both teams executed extremely well offensively and the score went back and forth throughout the night,” said Westlake’s Coach Carling.

With the win, the Thunder improves to a season record of 18-1 and a perfect region 8-0. Westlake will take on American Fork on Tuesday in the hopes of remaining undefeated in region play.

Lehi digs deep for victory over Mountain View

Trailing by four coming out of the half, the Pioneers outscored the Bruins by 10 in the third quarter to take the lead and secure a 59-54 victory.

All five seniors contributed in the win, and Blake Hill and Noa Gonsalves scored 15 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring effort. Tyler Hawkins scored with just a minute left to play, and then nailed two free throws with just six second left to seal the deal for Lehi. Hawkins finished the game with 12 points.

In the loss, Calvin Gustafson had a game-high 19 points to lead Mountain View.

The Pioneers improve 12-7 on the season and 5-5 in region play, and will host Alta this Monday.

Salem Hills fights back to secure narrow victory against Springville

The SkyHawks were trailing coming out of the half, but were able to stun the Red Devils with an 18-8 third quarter deficit to come back and take control of the game. From there, Salem Hills was able to eventually get the narrow 57-55 victory at home.

Eight different players scored for Salem Hills in a balanced team win, led by Jaden Holley with 13 points, Rome Simonsen with 11 points, and Austin Hallows with 10 points.

In the loss, Ryder Hansen put up a 22-points effort for the Red Devils to lead all scorers.

Salem Hills improves to 6-6 in the Region 8 standings to close out the season.

Dixie beats Snow Canyon in Region 9 battle

The Flyers trailed going into the half, but exploded for two 20-point quarters to take the lead and secure the 60-52 victory over Snow Canyon. Isaac Finlinson had 20 points for Dixie and teammate Ethan Bennett added another 17 points in the big win.

For Snow Canyon in the loss, Lyman Simmons recorded 16 points.

With the win, Dixie improves to 17-3 on the season, 11-1 in Region 9, and will face off against Desert Hills next Wednesday.

South Sevier picks up overtime victory against Richfield

In a back-and-forth battle, the Rams were finally able to best the Wildcats in an overtime session. Brayden Staples led all scorers with 19 points in the win, including five 3-pointers. In addition, Emilio Miramontes and Carter Peterson scored 12 points apiece and combined for 10 rebounds and six assists to lead South Sevier to victory.

Coach Christensen said, “A great hard fought win over a tough Richfield team. Our boys stuck it out and were able to come out on top.”

South Sevier upsets Richfield with the win, and improves to 4-6 in Region 12 play.

Summit Academy gets win over Morgan in Region 13 match-up

The Bears went into halftime trailing by just one point and were able to chip away at the Trojans in the second half to come away with the 49-44 home victory. Owen Anderson scored a game-high 21 points for Summit Academy, and teammates Zack Englebright and Ridge Hymas combined for another 24 points in the win.

The Bears improve to 6-4 on the season to tie with Morgan as they close out the season.