We’ve been playing together since we were really young. —Brielle Chisholm
OREM — On paper the matchup between Layton Christian Academy and South Sevier looked to be an easy win. It was, just not for the team that was expected to win.
The Rams, the number four seed from Region 13, earned a 47-28 win over the Eagles, the number one seed from Region 14. South Sevier used their quick guards and superior shooting to outplay Layton Christian Academy’s taller players.
“Coming into the game our biggest fear was that height was going to dominate us inside,” Rams coach Stuart Hepworth said. “We did a pretty good job at battling and being aggressive, so they weren’t able to hurt us inside.”
The Eagles had a lot of trouble with South Sevier’s defense. Despite its height advantage, Layton Christian Academy couldn’t score from inside and was forced to shoot from the outside more than they wanted. All part of Hepworth's game plan.
“That’s what we worked on since we got into the tournament was forcing them to beat us from the perimeter,” Hepworth said.
The Rams' guards really punished the Eagles defense throughout the game. Seniors Brielle Chisholm and McKenzie Peterson controlled the game with their strong chemistry. Peterson mentioned that the chemistry between the two is so good that they always know where each other are on the court.
“We’ve been playing together since we were really young,” Chisholm said.
Chisholm hurt Layton Christian Academy with her perimeter shooting. Nine of her 19 points came from the 3-point line. Hepworth attributed the early led in part to Chisholm.
Peterson had success driving the ball into the lane and would dish the ball or would get fouled. The Eagles' early foul trouble put South Sevier in the bonus in the first half.
The Rams led at the half by 15 and extended their lead to 20 in the second half. Hepworth attributed his team’s success with the battles it had throughout the season, especially in Region 13 play.
“Our very last place team is good enough to beat probably five or six teams that are playing games today,” Hepworth said. “Having good competition night-in and night-out really prepares you for playoff atmosphere.”
South Sevier will play its quarterfinal matchup against North Summit on Thursday in Richfield.