Lehi High School has permitted students to attend, and the home team hoped to put on a show for their fellow students. That’s exactly what the Pioneers did Thursday night, rolling to the 63-35 region win over Orem.
Lehi started the game with hot shooting, building its lead as the first half wore on. Senior guard Lizzy Rees was integral to the Pioneers’ sizzling start. She opened the first quarter drilling three 3-pointers, guiding her team to a 21-6 lead by quarter’s end. The Pioneers quick start propelled them to another victory, extending their winning streak to 12 games.
“It’s been a point of emphasis for us. We’ve had a few games where we kind of come out a little bit slow” said Lehi coach Sean Seastrand. “When you have a group like this that’s pretty much all seniors, they’re very experienced, you can challenge them and they’ll typically rise up to that. We challenged them to start a little better this game. It was more just them stepping up to the challenge.”
Lehi, 15-3 on the season, 8-0 in Region 7, proved ready for the challenge Thursday night, lighting up the scoreboard from the 3-point line. Rees and senior playmaker Maddie Warren led the way, combining for seven made 3-point field goals. The Pioneers scored 30 points from beyond the arc in their first home game in over three weeks.
Seastrand’s team was eager to return to its own court.
“Our girls were really excited for a home game,” said the first-year head coach. “Five of our first six games of region were on the road. They had just allowed the students to come back. There was an excitement. They were really pumped for this.”
The Pioneers will carry their momentum into next week when they face off against Timpview, Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“(Timpview is) a really good team” Seastrand said. “It’s our chance to go out and assert ourselves in region. We’ve got a really tough opponent coming in. They’re really hungry. They want to beat us so bad. We’ve got to make sure we protect our home floor and step up to the challenge.”
Orem falls to 6-12 and snaps a four-game winning streak. The Tigers will play again Thursday at 7 p.m., hosting Timpanogos.