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High School girls basketball: Young Panguitch team finishes tournament strong

Published: Friday, Sept. 4 2015 10:43 a.m. MDT

Panguitch Katelyn Parking and Duchesne's Mashaylee Giles battle for a rebound in Panguitch's 55-26 victory in the 1A State Championship Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (Amy Donaldson) Panguitch Katelyn Parking and Duchesne's Mashaylee Giles battle for a rebound in Panguitch's 55-26 victory in the 1A State Championship Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (Amy Donaldson)

RICHFIELD - No one knew just what to expect from the young Panguitch team this season, least of all their long-time coach.

"This is a great group of girls and to go out on a win is fun," said head coach Curtis Barney. "I think they way over-achieved winning the regular season championship." But the team showed it's youth in the Region 20 tournament, finishing third and drawing second-ranked Rich in the first round of the 1A state tournament Wednesday.

"That would have been a great semifinal match-up," Barney said. "But the brackets are the way they are, and they change every year. Getting a good spot does allow for a better draw and hopefully, you can go farther."

Barney isn't a fan of the Region 20 tournament, and theirs is the only region that plays a tournament to determine playoff seeding.

Panguitch's 55-26 victory over Duchesne in the 1A State Championship Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (Amy Donaldson) Panguitch's 55-26 victory over Duchesne in the 1A State Championship Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (Amy Donaldson)

"I think you go in where you place in the region," he said. "But the girls did bounce back (after the Rich loss), and I think we have a lot to look forward to in the future."

He said the team is made up of smart, hard working, multi-sport athletes.

"Theyre are a lot of good, young, skilled athletes on the team, and hopefully this experience leaves a taste in their mouth for more next year," he said.

The Bobcats were led by Darri Frandsen, who scored a game-high 25 points. Whittni Orton and Taylor Bennett added eight points each and Chesney Campbell scored seven.

Duchesne was led by a youngster - freshman forward Mashaylee Giles who scored 11 points.

"It was a good season," said Eagle head coach Jared Torgerson. "It was good to end our season by coming here and staying all four days." He said the ride had been a bit "up and down," but pointed to the win over Monument Valley as a high point.

Panguitch's 55-26 victory over Duchesne in the 1A State Championship Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (Amy Donaldson) Panguitch's 55-26 victory over Duchesne in the 1A State Championship Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (Amy Donaldson)

"That gave them a boost," he said. "They really came together and stepped up."

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