Valley coach Ferril Heaton was saying all the things a coach would say in a close game - "help out," "defense" and "set it up" - but it wasn't a close game. It was a rout.
Beverly Glover scored a game-high 21 points and teammate Caroline Heaton added 15 as the Buffaloes posted a 71-29 victory over Dugway Friday night at the Centrum to advance to the 1A state title game."I thought it would be a lot closer than it was," Heaton said. "I thought it would be an 8-to-10 point game that could go either way."
The Buffaloes will shoot for their second-straight 1A title today as they battle Panguitch - which beat Manila 44-40 - at 2 p.m., and Valley's starters will be well-rested.
"A lot of the time they have to play to be ready to play," Heaton said of his starters' extensive rest. "Hopefully it will be a plus and they'll be ready for Saturday."
After Dugway scored the first basket of the game, Heaton converted a three-point play the old-fashioned way to start a 17-0 Valley run that put the game out of reach. Heaton scored nine points in the run.
Heidi Bruce led Dugway with eight points.
PANGUITCH 44, MANILA 40: After Manila tied the score at 38-38 with two minutes left, Panguitch held the Mustangs to just two points the rest of the way to earn the victory, despite just hitting 6-of-14 foul shots down the stretch.
Cindy Peterson led Panguitch with 13 points, while Lindsey Guest had 13 for Manila.
RICH 53, ICS 30: Cami Pope scored 12 points and Penny Weston added 10 more as Rich advanced to the third and fourth place game. Paige Wager had 20 points for ICS.
PIUTE 42, WATERFORD 28: The T-Birds advanced to the fifth and seventh place game behind Brianna Torgerson's 16 points. Rachel Burkes led Waterford with 12 points.
ESCALANTE 52, GREEN RIVER 43: Escalante outscored Green River 9-0 in overtime to record the victory. Nicole Cottam had five of her game-high 17 points in the extra period for Escalante. Coralie Hughes had 25 points for the Pirates.
MONUMENT VALLEY 57, SALT LAKE LUTHERAN 45: Devonna Bedonie and Sonia Deputee led a balanced scoring attack with 13 and 11 points, respectivley as the Cougars edged the Lynx. Michelle Knudsvig led SLL with 24 points.