ST. GEORGE — Two of the best players in 3A were on the floor when Juab face Judge Memorial in the quarterfinals at Dixie State. The potential showdown between the stars never materialized though. Juab had a defensive answer for Judge’s Miyalla Tarver, whereas Judge had no answer for Juab’s Hannah Robins.
Robins dominated the interior recording 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to lead Juab to the comfortable 45-30 victory.
“When you throw the ball to Hannah, lots of good things happen,” said Juab coach Jeff Wallace.
For the most part, Judge tried to defense Robins straight up instead of sending many double and triple teams her way, and she finished the game shooting 11 of 16 from the field.
At the other end of the floor, Juab’s Bayli Heap made things very difficult on Tarver as she finished with 13 points on 4 of 19 shooting.
“Heap can guard just about anybody, but she can also get in foul trouble, so we were able to stay out of that and control things,” said Wallace.
Heap also recorded nine points and 11 rebounds as Juab advanced to Friday’s 4:10 p.m. semifinal against the Richfield-Morgan winner.
Juab led 20-9 at the half and stretched the lead to 15 points in the third quarter as it looked poised to run away with the win. The Bulldogs, however, finally started knocking down some shots and trimmed the deficit to 36-29 with 3:57 remaining on a 3-pointer by Abbey Storms.
Juab settled things down by getting the ball inside Robins, who scored on consecutive trips down the floor to push the lead back to double digits.
“That was one of those stretches where we got a little sloppy with the basketball, turnovers started to show up. We just settled everything down, and she got great post position,” said Wallace. “I think there for a minute we were playing not to lose rather than to win, and those baskets just released that pressure.”
Juab finished the game shooting 42 percent from the field, while defensive it held Judge to just 19 percent shooting.