RICHFIELD It is every kids' dream to hit the game- winning shot as the clock winds down.
For Parowan's Scott Hunter, that dream became a reality.
With the score tied at 55 in the 2A boys semifinal against South Sevier, Parowan called a timeout with only 11 seconds remaining. The Rams set up the play a clear-out for Hunter.
"Coach told me to just get the ball and take it to the basket," Hunter said. "We kind of thought they would be in a zone and I could either drive and kick it out, but the came out in a man (defense). I crossed him over, and then there was a wide-open lane to the basket and I just laid it in."
South Sevier missed a desperation shot at the buzzer, and the Parowan fans and team went into a frenzy celebrating its 57-55 upset victory over the previously No. 1 ranked team.
"We read on the Deseret Morning News website comment section about how Parowan was finished and we had no chance. It gave us a little extra motivation to come out and prove we could play with them," added Hunter.
The fact that Hunter was even in the position to hit a game-winner is quite the accomplishment for the senior. He didn't even play basketball last season as he was overcoming some personal issues.
The team sure is glad he was with it for this game. All he did was score 24 points, grab seven rebounds, dish five assists, add three steals and score the Rams last eight points down the stretch.
"Scott didn't play last year, and it took him a little while to get into a good rhythm," said coach Monty Jones. "But since about halfway through the year he got going, and ever since then he has been the heart and soul of this team. He does it all for us."
In the opening minutes, it appeared the blogging prognosticators may be right. South Sevier burst from the gates as Dillon Bishoff had 10 first-quarter points and his team led 21-12 after the period. But Parowan adjusted its defense a bit and had a 20-4 second-quarter advantage to grab the lead at 32-25 at the midway point.
South Sevier took back the momentum and caught up near the end of the third period after getting a spark from an alley-oop dunk to David Blackburn. The lead was never more than three for either team the rest of the way, with six lead changes in the fourth quarter.
Robbie Tripp added 13 points for Parowan, and Jared Wheeler had six. South Sevier got 16 points from Bishoff. Derrick Forbush added 13 points and Blackburn had 11.
"We had a great group of kids that just never gave up," said Jones. "They play together and they rely on each other. This is a credit to the whole group of players, coaches and everyone at the school that helps out."Parowan plays for the 2A championship tonight at 7:30 at the Sevier Valley Center.