High school girls basketball: Stellar defense propels Enterprise to 2A crown
Chad Hunt, Richfield Reaper
RICHFIELD — In a battle of No. 3 seeds, the Enterprise Wolves came out firing to top the North Sevier Wolves 43-28 in the 2A girls basketball championship game Saturday night at the Sevier Valley Center.
The Enterprise Wolves didn't have an easy path to the throne by any means. Enterprise had to knock off a No. 1 seed, a No. 2 seed and two No. 3 seeds to be crowned state champs for the first time since 2011.
“They are a great team. They fought hard and they never quit,” Enterprise coach Lance Jones said of his squad. “They decided this tournament that they were going to step up and play and they really showed it.”
The Wolves jumped out of the gate with urgency and a high-octane offense as they pounded the ball inside and took an early 10-2 lead after the first quarter.
“They have been our main three all year,” said Jones. “We relied a lot on them, and they really stepped up for us today.”
Early on, North Sevier struggled on both sides of the ball, but really couldn’t get much going on the offensive end as it shot a disappointing 31 percent from the field and tallied just 11 first-half points.
Enterprise’s constant pressure and length on defense really seemed to agitate North Sevier as it had nine first-half turnovers and 16 for the game.
“They swarm. They are a swarming defense,” Jones said. “We have told them all year that if they sit down and play defense, no one can beat them, and they really showed that tonight.”
The Enterprise Wolves’ dominance continued well into the second quarter as they opened the game on an impressive 18-6 run to take a double-digit lead, 22-11, at the break.
North Sevier slowly started to chip away at the deficit in the second half, but Enterprise’s stingy defense and balanced scoring attack was too much.
The Wolves didn’t cool off much in the second half as they continued to dominate the paint and control the boards, taking a 35-20 lead with just 7:00 remaining in the 2014 season.
North Sevier seemed to find a little bit of a rhythm and confidence in the second half with some sharp passing and high-percentage shots, opening up a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter, but the deficit was just too much too overcome and Enterprise held on to claim the 2A state title for the second time in four years.
“It feels great. I saw my sister win a state title here, so I just wanted it so much,” Lyman said. It was just so great to see us play as a team and peak at state. It feels great.”
Deseret News 2A All-Tournament Team
MVP: Riley Lyman, Enterprise
Jaycee Reber, Enterprise
Dakota Robinson, Enterprise
Peyton Torgerson, North Sevier
Shantae Dustin, South Sevier
Brielle Chisholm, South Sevier
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 Oct. 2012.
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