Springville senior hits game-winning free throws in 4A championship game for injured sister
“This week has been kind of a dream as a coach,” said Springville head coach Cami Oakey. “We peaked at the right time. We’ve won 11 of our last 12 games. Back in December, people counted us out. We lost seven in a row, and we haven’t been ranked in a really long time. These girls came into this state tournament with one goal in mind and that’s to get to this game.”
Finding a way to believe that the moment they enjoyed Saturday afternoon at Salt Lake Community College was possible was one of the toughest things Park and her teammates have ever done.
“It’s hard,” she said of continuing to believe a championship is possible while losing early in the season. “Until you get that first win, it’s difficult to think you’re ever going to win. But, you just have to have the mental toughness. And our team really has good mental toughness. I’m just proud of everybody for stepping up.”
And as for Park’s ability to deliver with the game on the line, Wheeler said she never had any doubts.
“It’s definitely nerve-wracking when you get fouled and it’s free throws that could predict the end of the game. But it’s Savannah Park. And she lives for moments like that. I knew she was going to make it.”
Deseret News 4A All-Tournament Team
MVP: Savannah Park, Springville, Sr.
Sydnee Taylor, Skyline, Sr.
Hillary Weixler, Skyline, Jr.
Lydia Austin, Springville, Soph.
Brooke Wheeler, Springville, Sr.
Jamaica Christensen, Timpanogos, Sr.
Gentry Oldham, Mountain View, Jr.
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