Westlake edges Lone Peak for 14th straight win
Westlake inched ever closer to its first region title in school history on Friday.
The top-ranked Thunder had six players scorers in double figures, and another with nine points, as they narrowly edged Lone Peak 75-73 for their 14th straight victory.
The win improved Westlake to 6-0 in Region 4, which gives it a three-game lead in the standings with only four games left in the regular season.
“Clutch free throw shooting in the fourth quarter combined with a couple of tremendous defensive stops in the closing minutes secured the victory,” said Westlake coach Nate Carling.
Farmington inches closer to Region 5 title
Visiting Farmington got off to a close start at Bountiful falling behind by eight after the first quarter, but it dominated the second quarter to get back in the game and then pulled away in the fourth for a 67-57 win.
“After a slow start we had a great second quarter which was sparked by two big 3-pointers from Michael Rawson to finish the half,” said Farmington coach Kasey Walkenhurst. “Bountiful tied the game in the fourth before Caleb Mordue hit a huge three to get us the lead and we kept it the rest of the way. Collin Chandler attacked the basket and scored on a few layups late to keep the lead and the win.”
Chandler led Farmington with 21 points, with Truman Hendry adding 16.
Farmington improved to 6-1 in Region 5 with the win and has a two-game lead with three games remaining.
Robert Whaley led Bountiful with 27 points.
Springville pulls away from Payson
Clutch free-throw shooting from Springville helped it pull away from Region 8-leading Payson for the 69-59 win on Friday night.
Springville led visiting Payson 35-27 at the half, but Payson rallied to tie the game 50-50 early in the fourth quarter. Springville responded with a 12-0 run to put them game out of reach and iced it from the foul line.
Springville finished the game 19 of 20 from the charity stripe as Jake Nadauld led the way with 21 points.
“Hard fought game by both teams,” said Springville coach Justin Snell.
Payson was led by Sam Mitchell who scored a game-high 27 points on five 3-pointers.
Lyman Simmons massive double-double leads Snow Canyon
Snow Canyon jumped out quickly on nigh-scoring Desert Hills on Friday and never looked back on its way to the impressive 66-53 region win.
Lyman Simmons came up huge for Snow Canyon with 31 points on five 3-pointers to go along with his 18 rebounds.
“Lyman played with so much confidence and our guards understood that he had the hot hand and went to him. His 31 points were great but his 18 rebounds were so huge,” said Snow Canyon coach Doug Meacham. “Lyman’s shooting from the outside is such a valuable skill that he has. He’s shooting such a high percentage from 3 for a 6-foot-9 player.”
Nobody else on Desert Hills score in double figures.
“The defensive mindset of this group can be really good and they are learning to trust each other,” said Meacham. ”Isaac Lyon and Brenton Childs and Blake Munson really worked hard in defending Mason Landdeck. He’s a very skilled player and crafty and our players stayed pretty disciplined with their assignments.”
Hot start helps South Sevier upset Grand
South Sevier came out red hot building an early 14-point lead on Region 12 leading Grand and made it hold up the rest of the game for the 69-60 upset road victory.
“We built a good lead in the first half. Grand is a good team and we knew they were going to make a run at us. Our boys made just enough free throws and held on to get the win,” said South Sevier coach Carson Christensen.
South Sevier made 16 of 18 free throws for the game which helped hold off any potential Grand comeback.
San Juan survives sloppy performance to edge Richfield
San Juan coach Travis Black characterized his team’s 53-52 win over Richfield on Friday as perhaps its ugliest of the season, but a win is a win and San Juan is now tied for first in Region 12 after Grand’s upset loss.
San Juan and Grand both sit at 6-2 in the region standings with two games remaining. They don’t play each other again.
Ladd Ivins led San Juan on Friday with 14 points, with Jensen Grover chipping in with 10.
“Richfield led by a few most of the game, our full court press in the second half created some opportunities for us, and making 9 of 12 free throws in the fourth with a few key rebounds helped us edge out the win,” said Black.
Judge Memorial beats Summit Academy at buzzer
“Summit Academy played very hard & planned well for us, Judge had a tough time getting shots to fall,” said Judge coach Sanjin Kolovrat.
Summit Academy led 62-61 with eight seconds left but missed the front end of a one-and-one situation to try and stretch the lead.
Burns, who led all scorers with 32 points, raced down court and hit an open Jace Holmes for a wide-open 3-pointer look. The shot missed, but Burns was in perfect position to collected the rebound and put it back in at the buzzer.
Judge remained in sole possession of second place in Region 13 with the win.
Zack Englebright led Summit Academy with 18 points in the loss.
Kanab ekes out impressive road win at Parowan
“Anytime you can go on the road in Region 18 and get a win it’s a big deal,” said Kanab coach Mickey Houston.” We were able to value what character and composure does for us in the second half and it gave us an opportunity to win the game at the end.”
Houston said a well-executed play late in the game helped stretch the lead to three which put pressure on Parowan as it tried for the game-tying shot.
The loss for Parowan knocked it out of a first-place tie with Beaver.