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High school girls basketball: Notes and highlights from Thursday’s games — Haley Anderson makes school history in Ridgeline’s bounceback win

Anderson makes school history in Ridgeline’s bounceback win over Green Canyon

After losing to rival Logan earlier in the week, the Riverhawks returned to their winning ways Thursday night by beating Green Canyon 53-50.

Ridgeline’s Haley Anderson reached a historic milestone in the game by scoring her 1,000th career point. Anderson, who finished with 14 points, is the first player in school history to reach that mark.

Trailing by two at halftime, Ridgeline’s defense came out ready to play by holding the Wolves to just six third-quarter points. The third-quarter performance had huge implications since it was the only quarter that Ridgeline was able to outscore Green Canyon.

“Both teams played hard and I’m extremely proud of our girls for being able to finish with a win,” said Ridgeline head coach Ainsli Jenks. “We got timely rebounds, important D stops and knocked down some shots when we needed to. It was a great team win.”

Millard digs deep to defeat Enterprise

Trailing by six points with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles fought back to erase the deficit and narrowly beat a 13-win Enterprise squad by a score of 42-40. Eliza Swallow and Paige Cummings led the charge for Millard, finishing with 16 and 13 points, respectively.

Millard head coach Melanie Bassett said that the girls rallied late during a timeout.

“During the timeout (with 2:30 left in the game) they had confidence and said, ‘We want this more!’ They then came out and played their hearts out and didn’t quit,” Bassett said.

Millard improves 11-8 on the season and 3-3 in region.

Emery gets statement win over rival Carbon

The Spartans lengthened their lead in Region 12 by beating their rival Carbon by a score of 57-36. Handling a Carbon team that has 13 wins on the season helps build the case that Emery is the clear-cut favorite to remain at the top of the region.

Emery’s Tambrie Tuttle led all scorers with 21 points, while also recording 12 rebounds.

The win sets Emery up for a decisive matchup with a South Sevier squad that currently holds second place in the region. The winner of the game will likely take home the region title. South Sevier beat Emery earlier in the season by a score of 46-43.

Taylorsville shakes up region standings with upset over Granger

After trailing by six through the first two quarters, Taylorsville outscored Granger by 12 points in the second half, including an 18-10 advantage in the fourth quarter, to finish with a 57-51 win over Granger.

Granger, which was in possession of first place in Region 2, is now tied with Kearns with a 4-2 region record.

Ella Huntington was the top scorer for Taylorsville with 22 points and Calleigh DeYoung pitched in 19 points as well. Granger’s Ruby Vaitu’u led all scorers with 24.

“Several players had big games for us tonight,” said Taylorsville head coach Reggie Jewkes. “It was a great team effort tonight.”

Valley needs overtime to defeat Milford

In the final seconds of regulation, Valley’s Paige Harris hit a game-winning layup, but the scoreboard clock didn’t appear to start. Forced to replay the possession, Valley missed a potential game-winning 3-point shot to send the game to overtime, but Valley was able to edge out Milford by a score of 44-42.

Harris and Brittyn Heaton led the scoring attack, each finishing with 10 points. Milford’s Tayleah Spaulding and Whytney Stoddard each scored 12 points which led all scorers.

“I love these girls,” said Valley head coach Dustin Cox. “Had they not have won, we still would’ve been pleased with their performance.”

Manti gets win, sets up showdown for region title

Manti took care of business against Union Thursday night, winning by a score of 35-28. The win sets the stage for the Templars to take on second-place Delta next week, where the winner will take the region title.

Manti will look to avenge its last loss, which came against Delta six games ago.

Manti head coach Brennon Schweikart says he looks forward to the game, saying, “It’s going to be a great battle.”

Jones lights it up from 3 for Layton Christian

Layton Christian Academy’s Mia Jones was a deadeye from beyond the arc in LCA’s 63-47 win over Wasatch Academy. Jones shot 70% from beyond the arc, hitting seven 3-pointers on the game and finishing with 25 points.

LCA head coach Jeremy Jones says that Jones’ shooting performance is a result of hours spent working on her shot during the offseason.

“This summer she took advantage of quarantine and spent a ton of time on an outside hoop normally until dark,” Jones said. “The best thing for her is she has learned that hard work pays off.”