Two years ago as a freshman, Snow Canyon's Chanell Rose was just happy to be in the state championship game. But she was all business Saturday night in her final game as a Warrior.
After sitting out most of the first half with foul trouble and going scoreless, the junior center tallied 15 second-half points to lead the Warriors to a 71-61 overtime victory and the 3A title.Rose, whose father, Dave, took an assistant basketball coach position at BYU, joined her family this past fall, but later decided to go back to Snow Canyon for one last hurrah.
"That's why she came back. She started (the year) in Orem and had to go back and win a championship at Snow Canyon," Warriors coach Randy Gelter said.
Rose, who lives with her aunt and uncle in St. George, said, "We went through all the right channels" to make her eligible to play at Snow Canyon.
With that mission completed, she will return to Utah County, but still hasn't made a decision on where she will play her senior year.
Snow Canyon's championship didn't come easily. The Cougars were firmly in control with an 11-point at the end of the third quarter.
The Warriors (22-2) erupted for 27 fourth-quarter points and took a 53-52 lead midway through the period after Brooke Smith hit a pair of 3-pointers and Rose hit a pair of foul shots.
The teams traded leads until Snow Canyon's Jana Bundy converted a layup with 35 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Rose scored six points in the overtime, and Dani Shaheen added three more.
"At the end of the third quarter I never thought it was going to happen," Gelter said. "But they played the way they played all year long and never gave up."
Union's Sarah Colton led all scorers with 16.
Bundy matched Rose's 15 points to lead Snow Canyon, and Shaheen and Angie Colf each added 11.
MORGAN 54, PINE VIEW 42: Becca Mullen scored 19 points and Paige Hansen chipped in 11 points as Morgan held of Pine View. Krystal Esplin and Shauntel Garrett had 13 apiece for Pine View.
NORTH SANPETE 46, LEHI 32: Jenny Aagard scored a game-high 18 points and Kristen Bailey added eight points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hawks to the consolation title. Lacey Yates led Lehi with nine points.