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High school girls basketball: 6A/5A first round recaps — Roy, Mountain View, Timpanogos, East pull off first round upsets

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Kearns’ Emily Olague drives downcourt during a 6A first round girls basketball game against Taylorsville in Kearns on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

6A First Round

Riverton 66, Clearfield 38

Morganne McCleary led four different Silverwolves in double figures with 17 points while knocking down five three-pointers as Riverton took care of business as the highest seeded team to not earn a bye. Abigail McDougal, Annabelle Christensen and Zariah Jenkins also contributed 10 or more points while Miranda Mansfield led all scorers with 20 points for the Falcons. Riverton will travel to Westlake on Thursday in a second round matchup. It will be the first time the Silverwolves and Thunder matchup since they were in the same region back in 2017.

Northridge 56, Hunter 31

Northridge edged Hunter in the first round of the state tournament, earning the right to play at top seeded Herriman. The Knights were led by Kaylee Hess’ four 3-pointers and Madison Hosino, who also scored a dozen points. The other key to the game was the terrific defense played by Northridge, who allowed just 13 points in the opening half.

Jordan 63, Granger 38

The Beetdiggers got off to a quick start and cruised to the victory over Granger in the first round of the 6A playoffs. Fui Niumeitolu led a group of 10 scorers with 14 points, and KarLei Monson and Ashlie Sperry also reached double-digits, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively, to help lift Jordan to the win. In the loss, Ruby Vaitu’u racked up 21 points to lead all scorers for Granger.

Layton 57, Weber 54

Layton was able to take down the Warriors for the third time this season in another close game. Neither team was able to gain control of the lead, but in the end the Lancers did enough to hold off an 18-point fourth quarter from Weber. Kamryn Moore had herself a monster game, finishing with 20 points (three 3-pointers), five boards and five dimes in the victory. Layton will play at Lone Peak in the second round of the playoffs.

Corner Canyon 55, Cyprus 28

Corner Canyon played well on both sides of the ball for all 32 minutes as five different Chargers scored at least seven points while the defense only gave up 28 points the entire game. Corner Canyon will move on to take a Syracuse team that has been on fire since the start of region play.

Kearns 53, Taylorsville 42

Kearns jumped out to a 25-7 lead and never looked back as they dominated their way to a victory in the first round of the state tournament. Emily Olague and Amaya Afatasi each scored 15 points and combined to hit four 3-pointers in the win. Kearns will now take on Fremont, who is the last remaining undefeated team in the state.

Roy 70, Copper Hills 55

Roy pulled off the minor upset in the swing game by topping 14th-ranked Copper Hills. The Royals did it with an offensive explosion that lasted four quarters. They scored 30 points in the first half and then 40 points after the break. Loryn Brimhall led four Royals in double-figures and six different players knocked down a shot from downtown. Roy will play at Bingham in the next round of the playoffs.

Pleasant Grove 41, American Fork 36

After a rough finish to the regular season, Pleasant Grove was able to get back on track with a playoff victory over their Region 4 rivals. Eva Ongoongotau led the Vikings with 11 points in what ended up being a low-scoring defensive battle. With the win, Pleasant Grove will head to Davis in the next round. That will be a rematch of opening night when the Darts took down Pleasant Grove 43-40.

5A First Round

Olympus 52, Park City 37

Alyssa Blanck scored 18 points and hauled in seven rebounds as Olympus knocked out Park City in the state tournament. The Titans used a blitzing first half to take control of the game and then did a good job of holding on to the victory in the second. Olympus will again host a game, this time a second round matchup on Thursday night.

Mountain View 48, Salem Hills 43

Sydney White scored 20 points as Mountain View built a 25-19 halftime lead on Salem Hills and made it hold up down the stretch for the upset road victory in the 5A first round. Macklyn Mortensen led Salem Hills in the loss with 17 points on five 3-pointers.

Timpanogos 39, Provo 34

21-seeded Timpanogos edged out an upset over the 12-seeded Bulldogs from Provo in an ugly defensive battle. The Timberwolves only allowed two points in the second period and that, combined with a 14-point third period, was enough for the to pick up the upset win. Summer Christensen scored 13 points and was the only player from either side in double figures. Timpanogos will travel to take on the fifth ranked Highland Rams in the second round.

Highland 62, Mountain Ridge 31

After a close first half, Highland dominated their way to a 31-6 second half to run away with the victory. Sosefina Langi scored 18 points but it was Kuulei Makaui who sparked the Rams play, she scored all 11 of her points in the second half. Highland will host a second-round playoff matchup against on Thursday night.

Orem 49, Box Elder 42

Orem rallied from a 14-point halftime lead to escape with a playoff victory over Box Elder. The Tigers were able to cut that lead in half in the third period and then flip that seven-point deficit into a seven-point win the in the final quarter. Overall it was a 34-13 second half which saw Orem moving on. Victoria Hollingshead had 19 points and Rayli Galiai pitched in 15 points to fuel the comeback win. The Tigers will now go to top-seeded Farmington in the next round.

Skyline 44, Woods Cross 37

A 15-7 third quarter run led the Eagles past Woods Cross. Tina Njike scored 15 points and five other Skyline players pitched in at least four points in the victory. Sofia Mokofisi had 16 points in the loss. With the win, Skyline moves on to the second round of the playoffs where they will take on the winner of Bountiful and Hillcrest in what should be one of the best matchups on Thursday night.

Bountiful 63, Hillcrest 35

Bountiful earned their right to host a second playoff game with a blowout win over the Huskies. Jordyn Harvey scored 16 points, doing most of her damage from outside where she knocked down a trio of 3-pointers while Emrie Satuala scored all 15 of her points inside the arc. That balanced attack helped open up the offense and led to a 63-point outburst by the Braves. Bountiful will take on the Skyline Eagles in the eight-nine matchup on Thursday night.

Bonneville 51, Wasatch 37

Bonneville paired a 6-0 second quarter with an 18-8 third quarter to create an upset win over Wasatch. The Lakers were led by 16 points from Libby Jensen while Courtnie Porter pitched in 13. Bonneville moves on to play at Lehi on Thursday.

Viewmont 52, Alta 30

Emma Lindsey and Grace MacKay each finished will 11 points as Viewmont booked their trip to face Timpview in the second round of the playoffs. The Vikins outscored the Hawks 37-12 in the first half, giving them more than enough of a cushion to deal with a rough third period. Brinlee McRae did all she could for Alta in the loss, she finished with 21 points and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.

Timpview 66, Cottonwood 40

Timpview took care of business and earned another opportunity to play on their home floor with a playoff victory over Cottonwood. The Thunderbirds started off slow, trailing by three points after the first quarter. But then Taya Cravens took over the game. She scored at least five points in each of the remaining three periods to finish with a game-high 22 points and a victory.

East 61, Brighton 38

After these teams split the season series with both teams winning close games on the road, East was able to pick up another road win, this time by 23 points in the state tournament. A team effort led by Mia Tarver saw the Leopards overcome the dynamic duo of Lily Cheatham and Cheatham Chin, who combined to score 28 points and hit six 3-pointers. Tarver scored 18 but East had seven different players score four or more points. The Leopards will head to Springville for Thursday night’s second round matchup.

Murray 38, Payson 30

Murray was able to hold on to a close victory over the Lions in an exciting playoff game. The Spartans held a 19-6 advantage at the break, but let up a big third quarter run that cut the lead to just two points. A strong fourth quarter clinched their ticket to visit Maple Mountain in the second round. Six Spartans scored at least four points and nobody scored more than Mia AuClaire’s 10.

Maple Mountain 50, Spanish Fork 37

Sheridan Liggett’s 19 points and nine rebounds helped lead Maple Mountain over Spanish Fork. The Golden Eagles trailed by seven after the first quarter, but lockdown defense and some tough baskets helped them turn that deficit into an eight point lead after three quarters. Kenley Nelson’s double-double was also vital, she finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds in the win while Kaylee Radford had five steals. Maple Mountain will host a playoff game on Thursday night where they will look to punch their quarterfinal ticket.