ST. GEORGE — Richfield’s offense wasn’t as sharp and efficient as it usually is during Thursday night’s 3A quarterfinal, but realistically it didn’t matter. The defense was its customary dominant self.
Richfield limited Morgan to just 29 percent shooting and single-digit point totals in all four quarters as it eased to the 38-26 victory at Dixie State.
“Offense wasn’t our best tonight, but defense is what’s got us here and we’ve got to have that the entire game. I never doubt these girls and their defense. Every once and a while our offense can close down a little bit, but defense is always there and that won it tonight,” said Richfield coach Marc Peterson.
With the victory, Richfield advances to Friday’s semifinals and will face Juab at 4:10 p.m.
Richfield’s defense was on point early Thursday, holding Morgan to just three points in the first quarter. By halftime, it led 21-11 in limiting the Trojans to just 25 shooting.
The lead never dipped below eight points in the second half as Richfield’s offense did just enough. Peterson credits Morgan’s similarly tough defense his team’s own struggles offensively.
“Defensively they really get up in your face, they play great defense and made it hard to get open shots,” said Peterson, who said his players didn’t move the ball quickly enough and let the ball get stuck.
Emma Jones led Richfield with 12 points and nine rebounds and made the only 3-pointer she attempted. Jones leads the entire state with 71 made 3-pointers this season, but Morgan’s perimeter defense blanketed her all night.
Caitlyn Nabity added nine points for Richfield, with Abigail Woolsey and Madison Roberts each adding seven points.