1A High school girls basketball: Rich High Rebels narrowly advance over Panguitch
RICHFIELD — In the first game of the 1A state basketball tournament, Rich High scored more points in the first quarter than it did in the entire second half.
When head coach Scott Ferguson huddled up with his team, his advice about how to win the tough battle was simple.
"I told them to relax, keep their heads and do what we do," he said after Emma Peart's game winning shot gave the second-ranked Rebels a 41-39 victory over the fifth-ranked Bobcats Wednesday afternoon at the Sevier Valley Center. "I thought our guards quit attacking. I just don't think we looked to do it."
Some of that was Panguitch's defense taking some easy baskets away. But some of it was playing a different, slower style of basketball instead of the fast-break based basketball the Rebels are known for playing.
They don't rely on the other team to give them anything. Instead, they play aggressive and try to make their own moments.
"Lynzee (Wallentine) drove (near the end of the game) and got fouled and made the shots there at the end," he said. "We needed to be doing more of that."
The Rebels were led by Peart, Wallentine and senior forward Alyssa Brown. Brown led the team with 12 points, while Alisa Petersen added 11 points. Peart and Wallentine finished with five points each, while Cami Lamborn added six points.
"(Brown) started the game really well for us," said Ferguson. "She really got us going."
Panguitch was led by Darri Frandsen, who scored 11 points, and Chesney Campbell and Whittni Orton who contributed 10 points each in the loss.
Ferguson was relieved as much as he was happy.
"It was a challenge to start with, but I thought for the most part, we met it," he said. "If you can get by a team like that, that's a tough first-round game. It's too bad one of those teams has to go out the backside (referring to consolation play). You wish you could see a team like that later in the tournament."
He told his team to celebrate but not for too long.
"I told them to enjoy it until we left the gym and then we'll start getting ready for the next one," said Ferguson.
Rich will take on Monticello in Thursday's quarterfinals. St. Joseph will take on Milford, Escalante will face Layton Christian and Manila will play Piute.
In other 1A results:
ST. JOSEPH 51, WAYNE 35: After a close first half, St. Joseph pulled away from upset-minded Wayne with a dominant 26-12 second half to remain perfect on the season. Liz Tomon was outstanding for the Jayhawks, finishing with 27 points and 13 rebounds.
MILFORD 55, GREEN RIVER 46: Leading by three entering the fourth quarter, Milford pulled away from Green River with a strong fourth quarter for the first-round victory. Tia Florence scored 15 points while Chandler Rose added 12 for the Tigers. Michaela Hughes led Green River with 13 points in the loss.
MONTICELLO 37, WENDOVER 26:Shania Deanda and Zoe Chadwick each scored nine points as Monticello built a 13-3 lead after the first quarter and never looked back on its way to a 1A first-round victory at the Sevier Valley Center.
ESCALANTE 66, MONUMENT VALLEY 46: Escalante stepped up in the first round of the 1A playoffs, scoring 21 points in the second quarter to slip past Monument Valley. Lindsey Phillips scored a game-high 39 points, as the Moquis handed the 16-4 Cougars their first loss in nearly three weeks.
LAYTON CHRISTIAN 40, DUCHESNE 38:Teneshia Davison and Shayla Simpson each scored 15 points, as Layton Christian held on late for victory in the 1A playoffs. Shayla Giles led Duchesne with 11 points in the loss.
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