High school basketball: Big second half propels Red Devils past Warriors
SPRINGVILLE — Halftime in the Springville locker room was not pleasant.
Despite repeated admonishments from the bench, the Red Devils were not spending much time crashing the boards. Snow Canyon, on the other hand, managed to stay within two points of the defending 4A champions by boxing out and grabbing rebounds.
"(Rebounding) was the number one thing we talked about at halftime," said Springville coach Nancy Warner after the No. 1-ranked Red Devils defeated the third-ranked Warriors 73-49. "We were just outhustled. In every way possible, they outplayed us. I told them this is your home floor and you shouldn't be allowing a team to outhustle you on your own court."
Leading Snow Canyon 31-29, the Red Devil team that came out in the third quarter couldn't be accused of anything but giving a maximum effort.
"We had a good halftime talk," said senior guard Lexi Eaton, who will play for BYU next year. "We'd already said before the game that boxing out would be key in this game. (Snow Canyon) is always a good team; they're always consistent, and as we saw last year in the state tournament, they never quit."
In other words, they had to do everything in their power to turn the game in Springville's favor.
"We just weren't playing with our hearts," said senior guard Jen Mason, who scored 10 points and earned 5 steals in the win.
Eaton and Mason got the Red Devils started in the third quarter — Mason by snagging two steals within two minutes and Eaton by hitting three 3-point shots in the first four minutes of the quarter. Eaton finished with 29 points and eight rebounds.
The Warriors suffered a significant loss when Amy Harris left the game in the third quarter with an injury to her knee.
"She's been having problems with it for about six months," said Snow Canyon head coach Wade Jensen.
He brought his young team to the Wasatch Front hoping it would improve.
"I feel good," said Jensen of the 0-2 start. "We start three sophomores and we're very inexperienced. I have only two girls back with any varsity experience. I think by February we can compete."
Warner was equally happy with her team's 2-0 start, but more so with how the players responded in the second half of the game.
"I'm proud of every single person," she said. "Everyone who stepped on the court showed the hustle we needed."