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Springville earns big upset over No. 1 Cyprus

Published: Monday, Feb. 20 2012 10:59 p.m. MST

TAYLORSVILLE — The Springville Red Devils would like to thank Maple Mountain, Timpanogos, Orem, Salem Hills, and especially Timpview, for helping them develop the grit they'd need to upset 4A's top ranked team in the first round of the playoffs.

"That's what prepared us," said Springville head coach Nancy Warner after fourth-seeded Springville defeated top-ranked Cyprus 53-38 at Salt Lake Community College on Monday. "We had to prepare every single night, and it's what prepared us to play a great team like Cyprus."

The Red Devils had a rough start this season dropping to 4-7 before finding a way to win against some of the state's best teams. They played three overtime games against region opponents and ended the season with a loss to Timpview

It was a disappointing loss for Cyprus, which had the largest, loudest crowd of the day.

Warner said the team felt no pressure, just excitement about the chance to do what most people didn't believe they were capable of doing against a team with just one loss all year.

Malia Nawahine led the Red Devils in just about every way. She finished with 28 points.

email: adonaldson@desnews.com

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