HERRIMAN ? It wasn't what the Taylorsville Warriors expected, but it's an outcome they will gladly accept.
"I am really surprised with how it ended," Taylorsville coach Jace Hymas said after his team earned the convincing 65-25 victory over Region 3 foe Herriman on Thursday evening. "We had no intention of hurting them like that."
The Warriors (6-4, 2-1) got out to a quick start with a 13-3 lead by the end of the first quarter. Eight different players scored for Taylorsville in the first half, which pushed its lead to 27-10 by intermission.
"The idea was to take No. 32 (Alexis Roberts) out of the game. She averages 11 points; she had three. Some of their other kids got points, but you're certainly not going to pitch a shutout," said Hymas, noting he was pleased with how well the Warriors executed their game plan.
"I think we're getting better moving the ball. And in the beginning of the game, our man defense looked really good. They moved well, the helped each other. They fought for rebounds. We had a lot of weak-side rebounds, which as been a weakness for us. I think they did a real good job. There were a lot of real positives here."
Junior guard Siu Lo'Amanu anchored the T-Ville effort with superb low-post defense along with her leadership on offense, and forward Brooke Slade played fearless in the paint.
Lo'Amanu finished with nine points, while Slade contributed six points and three blocks.
"It was really nice to see Brooke Slade taking it to the hole so hard," Hymas said. "She was fearless."
Leading the Warriors on the offensive side of the ball, however, was sophomore Abi Black, who had a career-high 12 points and nailed two 3-pointers in the win.
"She's a sophomore and she played a little bit last year, but this is her first year playing a lot of varsity," Hymas said. "In the second half, I played a lot of young kids. That's exactly what Abi Black needed to continue to work on her game."
The Mustangs (3-8, 0-3) were led by the play of Alicia Reynoso, who finished with a season-high 12 points. Although the Mustangs are in a building season as a first-year team, Hymas believes they have a bright future ahead of them simply because of who their coach is.
"All coaches say, 'Oh, they're a great coach,' but Jill Ames, she really is a great coach," he said of the first-year Herriman coach. "She spent seven years with (Ron) Ence at Riverton and really learned a lot."
He then added, "she's a great coach, and I know what she's going through tonight. I've been there and it gets better."