These girls really wanted revenge. I’m so excited. They have fought hard all year long. —Enterprise head coach Lance Jones
RICHFIELD — On Dec. 14, the Enterprise Wolves hosted their region rivals, the Beaver Beavers in just their second region game of the season. That contest ended in heartbreak for the Wolves, as Beaver left Enterprise with a one-point overtime victory.
Then, on Jan. 18, the teams met again, this time in Beaver. The Beavers once again proved victorious, as they eked out a four-point win.
“(We) got beat by that team twice, both (times) on critical mistakes,” Enterprise head coach Lance Jones said. “We had (the game) won at home and they took it from us. Then on the road, we struggled a little and they got us again.”
All Enterprise wanted, after finishing third in Region 18 and watching Beaver claim the region title, was to see the Beavers again, this time in the state tournament.
They got their wish Friday afternoon at the Sevier Valley Center and didn’t waste it.
“These girls really wanted revenge,” said Jones. “I’m so excited. They have fought hard all year long.”
Robinson finished with a team-high 10 points, while Holt added nine and Miller seven. Beaver, meanwhile, was led by Sydnee Gillins, with 15 points.
It was clear from the outset that both teams were energized for the game, perhaps a tad bit too much.
“My two seniors (Holt and Miller) caught me before the game and told me ‘Coach, our girls are ready,’” said Jones. “I told them I hoped they were.”
Neither side was able to connect on a shot during the opening minutes of the game, until, after nearly two minutes, Beaver’s Linley White finally connected on a free throw to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead.
The rest of the quarter was more of the same and at the end of one the game was tied 4-4.
Thing changed in the second period, as both teams began to look more like themselves.
At the end of the half, Enterprise was up 13-12.
Everything changed after the break, however.
Spurred on by Holt and Miller, the Wolves began to pull away, as much as you can against one of the best teams in the classification.
“(Jessica and Kaytlyn) took it upon themselves to get the team ready and it showed,” said Jones.
The Wolves scored 15 points in the period, compared to just 10 for Beaver, stretching their lead to six.
Enterprise continued to build on its advantage in the fourth quarter, eventually leading the Beavers by as many as nine points.
The region champs were not about to go away easily, though.
Despite not making a field goal in the quarter, that is until barely over a minute remained in the game, when White converted a rare layup opportunity, the Beavers rallied, getting as close as a point in the final moments.
That was where Holt and Miller came through yet again.
“We called timeout and again it went back to those seniors,” said Jones. “They grabbed each other and said, ‘Girls, we’ve got this. We can make our free throws. Just step up and relax. We have battled big schools all year, played down in St. George, and we can handle pressure.’ They played that way.”
From there, the Wolves scored the game's final three points, all from the charity stripe, clinching the victory.
With the win, Enterprise advances to the state championship game, to be played Saturday night against Millard.