Skyridge hands Westlake its first loss of the year
In a clash between two of the RPI’s top seven teams, it was the Falcons who came out on top to hand Westlake his first tally in the loss column this season. Trailing one before the fourth quarter, Skyridge beat the Thunder 19-11 in the final eight minutes to secure a 52-45 win.
Skyridge sophomore Cambree Blackham led all scorers with 20 points on the night, including seven straight points in the fourth quarter. Blackham was followed by Kjirsten Gotberg and Shaeley Toole, who scored 13 and 12 respectively.
The Falcons forced 22 turnovers at Westlake while committing just nine turnovers themselves – a differential that played the biggest role in the eventual victory.
“Tonight was history in Skyridge basketball this season,” Skyridge head coach Shaylee Nielsen said. “Our defense gives us a chance to win games. When we can’t find a way to score, we defend ourselves and create opportunities. It was a bold win for us and we are happy to get a win in the region.
Lone Peak makes a statement in win over Pleasant Grove
Coming in at No. 2 in the latest 6A RPI rankings, Lone Peak proved they deserved that ranking and maybe even more in their dominating 79-41 win over Pleasant Grove on Friday night.
The Vikings – who entered the game with a 10-3 record – had no answer for Kailey Woolston and the Knights, who outscored them in all four quarters. Woolston (leading 6A scorer with nearly 22 ppg) finished with 28 points from six 3-pointers and was one of four Lone Peak players to score in double figures.
“I think our team came out strong on both ends, executing well offensively and playing hard defensively,” Lone Peak head coach Nancy Warner said. “They found each other very well and played selflessly… It was a great team win.”
Salem Hills fend off late Wasatch comeback attempt
Leading by 12 heading into the final period, the Skyhawks were greeted by a furious comeback attempt from Wasatch, who ended up beating Salem Hills 13-3 in the final eight minutes.
Thanks to solid defensive play from Cassidy Wilson on a potentially even buzzer shot attempt by Wasatch, the Skyhawks steered clear of the road comeback to earn a 45-43 win, moving to 8-5 on the season and 1- 0 in the regional game.
“Playing at Wasatch is always tough and they’re always well prepared,” Salem Hills head coach Taylor Jones said. “We had a good lead early on and each of our players stepped up, even when they went on the run. Proud of how we finished the game and responded to adversity.
Juan Diego excels down the home stretch to claim first win of season against ALA
After struggling to get into the win column throughout the early stages of the season, the Soaring Eagles finally managed to earn a win with a 51-40 loss to American Leadership Academy on Friday night.
Leading by a single point after three quarters of play, Juan Diego thrived in the closing stages of the game, beating ALA 20-10 in the fourth quarter.
Kyra Hoffman scored 13 points to lead the way for the Soaring Eagles, followed by Alynn Crooms, who scored 10. Eagles senior Tiffany Tervort led all scorers with 16 points on the night.
Juan Diego went 1-12 this season and 1-1 in regional play, while the ALA (7-8) fell below .500 with the loss.