High school girls basketball: 3 region champions fall in 1A tournament
RICHFIELD — The first round of the 1A Tournament is usually very predictable.
This year Richfield became Upset City as Region 18 champion Wendover and co-region champions Monticello and Green River all lost in the first round of action at the Sevier Valley Center.
Wendover lost 65-27 to Region 20's Piute, a team that had to win a play-in game just to be able to travel to the Sevier Valley Center. Region 20's Panguitch also had to win a play-in game and the Bobcats then defeated Monticello 65-32. Region 16's Altamont defeated Green River, a team that tied Monticello for the Region 19 title.
PIUTE 65, WENDOVER 27: Defending 1A champion Piute got the state tournament off to a great start with a dominating victory over Wendover. Kandice Gleave led all scorers with 18 points and Whitney Westwood chipped in with 14.
PANGUITCH 60, MONTICELLO 32: In a dominating performance the entire game, Panguitch cruised into the quarterfinals by nearly doubling up the Buckaroos. The Bobcats jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Kalani Norris led Panguitch with 15 points while Natashia Barney chipped in with 12.
ST. JOSEPH 34, DUGWAY 23: St. Joseph limited Dugway to just three points in the first half, and then maintained the cushion throughout the second half to advance to the 1A quarterfinals at the Sevier Valley Center. The Jayhawks' Katie Panushka led all scorers with 15 points, Lindsey Kimler led Dugway with nine. St. Joseph will next face Bryce Valley in the quarterfinals.
BRYCE VALLEY 40, DUCHESNE 24: The Mustangs broke open a close game with a dominating third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 22-6, which proved to be the difference in the game. Abbagail Harman led the way for Bryce Valley with 12 points, while Ashley Nelson scored all 10 of her points in the decisive third quarter. For Duchesne, Shay Grant led the way with 12 points in the loss.
CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 57, MONUMENT VALLEY 35: The Crusaders outscored Monument Valley in all four quarters for a methodical victory in the opening round of the state tournament to improve to 18-0 this season. Emilie Volk led all scorers with 24 points, while Brittany Hurlbut and Breanna Hurlbut chipped in with 16 and 10 points, respectively.
ALTAMONT 53, GREEN RIVER 42: Down 37-36 with five minutes remaining in the game, the Longhorns closed the game on a 16-6 run to advance to the 1A quarterfinals. Quincee Mathews led the way for the Longhorns with 17 points while Whitney Fieldsted chipped in with 13.
RICH 47, MILFORD 28: Trailing by one after the first quarter, Rich's defense held Milford to just 15 points the rest of the game as the Rebels cruised to the first round victory. Eight different players scored for Rich, led by Cassidy McKee's 12 points.
WAYNE 42, MANILA 34: Wayne jumped out to a huge lead and then hung on despite a late rally attempt by Manila which cut the lead to three in the fourth quarter.
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