The Juab Wasps got a little bit of payback and a ticket to the final four in the 3A classification Thursday afternoon at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield, as they took down the Richfield Wildcats 53-30.
“During the first game of the season, they pretty much did the same thing to us,” said Juab coach Kamron Wright.
That game, played Dec. 3 of last year, ended with Richfield on the winning end 49-26.
“We’ve grown a lot over the year and some of that is due to Richfield,” Wright said. He said that early preseason game gave the team a good perspective on what the team needed to work on through the season.
The effort to grow paid off as three Wasps ended up scoring in double digits. Ty Allred had 18, Dawson Olsen finished with 14 and Brendon Allred had 10. Allred was a force at both ends of the court, nabbing a total of 11 rebounds during the game.
Meanwhile, Richfield’s Max Robinson led the Wildcats with 10 points.
Juab took control early and sprinted to 14-8 edge in the first quarter and maintained the lead throughout the game.
“It’s a big win for my kids,” Wright said. “It’s been a few years since we’ve been able to beat Richfield.”
It’s also been four years since Juab has been able to make it to the quarterfinals of the 3A tournament.
“All of my seniors have just bought in and said we’ll do whatever our role is to get the win and got to the next game,” Wright said.
The Wasps have six seniors on the team, and while not all of them can start, Wright said they are content to do their jobs.
“It’s a big win for my kids. It’s been a few years since we’ve been able to beat Richfield.” — Juab coach Kamron Wright.
“They’ve all filled that role and they’re really excited to be here, and I’m excited to be here with them,” Wright said.
In all, the Wasps ended up shooting about 65% from the field, while Richfield struggled at 32%.
In the next round, the Wasps will have to take on Judge Memorial Friday, Feb. 26, at 9 p.m.
“We know it’s going to be a really tough team,” Wright said.
Judge took down Manti in a 61-47 game Thursday evening.