RICHFIELD — Nearly a week removed from its stunning upset of the first-ranked Delta Lady Rabbits, the Summit Academy Lady Bears’ Cinderella story came to a screeching halt just as the clock struck midnight Thursday as they fell to North Sevier 54-45 at the Sevier Valley Center.
“I’m just glad to have it over with. Summit looked really good playing Delta last week, and they have a lot of energy and play fast,” North Sevier head coach Lexa Larsen said. “I thought the kids played good for the most part. We didn’t finish the best, but again, I’m just glad to have it over with.”
Meanwhile, the Lady Wolves’ intense and stingy defense held Summit Academy to just 25 percent shooting in the first half, and the home team ended the second quarter on a 16-8 run to open up a commanding 28-18 advantage at the break.
“That’s exactly what we were hoping to do, just trying to get a little run on them and get a little lead heading into halftime. That was huge for us,” said Larsen. “My kids were pretty nervous about this, so I just wanted them to have a little bit of cushion, to keep playing hard on defense and to finish that second quarter hard, and apparently it worked.”
Neither team could really gain an edge in the second half, as the Lady Bears were mostly playing catch-up, and the Lady Wolves eventually hung on for the quality victory.
With the win, North Sevier will take on a very familiar squad in region foe South Sevier in the semifinals of the 2A playoffs. The game is set to tip off at 12:50 p.m. Friday.
“We know what they do. They know what we do," Larsen said. "We have played each other for like 100 years at least two times a year, sometimes three, so it’s pretty common for us to be meeting at the state tournament.
I know they are going to bring everything and they know what to expect from us. Their defense is phenomenal, that’s their strength. They don’t have much height, but they don’t get outrebounded by people. They box out at every position, and it’s going to be a real tough game for us.”
Ryan Love is a full-time student at the University of Utah studying communications and has been a part-time sports reporter and scoreboarder for the Deseret News since October 2012.
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