ST. GEORGE The Cedar High fans that traveled the 50 minutes or so Friday night to see the Redmen boys basketball team play Snow Canyon probably wish that had gone to a movie instead.
Actually, the Redmen team itself likely wishes it would have done something else Friday night as well.
The 71-29 thrashing that the Warriors put on the team from Cedar is certainly one that neither squad will forget any time soon. Snow Canyon will relish it, while the Redmen will be haunted by it.
"Coming out of Christmas we lost three games in Vegas and lost a game at home that we probably should have won, so our confidence was a little bit lacking," Snow Canyon coach James Brown said. "So this will get us right back up there. Now we just need to keep working hard in practice."
The increasingly popular student body chant of "this game's over" could have started with the opening tip. The Warriors scored the game's first 16 points, and the Redmen's first points came with only six seconds left in the first period. Snow Canyon then outscored Cedar 22-8 in the second period to take a 28-point halftime lead.
"When we don't turn the ball over and hit some shots, we're a pretty good team," Brown said.
The term great team better describes how the Warriors played Friday. They dominated the paint on offense, scored from outside, scored in transition and did even more damage by attacking the basket. They forced the Redmen into nearly as many turnovers as they had field-goal attempts. Cedar, significantly outsized by the Warriors, got virtually nothing inside and very little from the outside against Snow Canyon's matchup zone.
"They've got guards that can shoot, but the kids did a good job of stopping penetration and still closed out and only let them have a few good shots," Brown said.
The Redmen actually outscored the Warriors 13-10 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 48-21. However, Snow Canyon opened the fourth with dunks by Seth Weinheimer and Jace Heger in the first 25 seconds. When Andrew Johnston followed with three straight baskets, the Warriors were up by 37. The junior varsity boys took over from there and extended the lead to 42.
The Warriors, 2-0 in Region 9, are now a perfect 8-0 against Utah teams. They start five seniors, go 10 deep, have a starting front court that goes 6-foot-4, 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-8, and have guards who can handle the ball and shoot.
"We have some quickness, we have some shooters and some size, and when it all comes together we're pretty good," Brown said.Weinheimer led all scorers with 11, followed by Dalton Groskreutz with 10. The Redmen were led by Jeff Evan's eight points.