Women’s high school basketball: 6A/5A playoff roundup from Thursday

Playoffs 6A

Westlake 41, Mountain Ridge 29

Tessa Chaney recorded 17 points and 13 rebounds as Westlake played stifling defense for four quarters to methodically pull away from Mountain Ridge for the second-round 6A victory.

“It was a great win led by our defensive effort, especially Paige Payne and second Chloe Jensen.” —Michael O’Connor, Westlake Coach

Herriman 53, American fork 38

Herriman defeated American Fork in all four quarters as the Mustangs advanced to the quarterfinals. Lexi Jensen led the way with 16 points, while Mariah Mons added.

Lone Peak 81, Layton 31

Lone Peaks was down 46 points in the first half en route to a 50-point victory over Layton in the second round of the playoffs. Shawnee Nordstrom and Kailey Woolston each made four 3-pointers as the dynamic duo combined for 38 points. The Knights move to 21-0 this season and are just three wins away from finishing undefeated with a state championship.

“I was proud of our team’s defensive intensity tonight and felt like it really set the tone for us. We were able to convert some key turnovers and continued to find each other well and share the ball in attack. It was a great team effort in tonight’s win. — Nancy Warner, Lone Peak Coach

Skyridge 54, Syracuse 39

Skyridge started both halves with big points, including a 15-2 start in the third quarter that put the game out of reach. The Falcons offense was led by a balanced offense that saw four Falcons score at least nine points. Skyridge will face top-seeded Lone Peak in the quarter-finals.

“I was really proud of our defensive effort. We knew we had to make them uncomfortable and we rushed so their shooters couldn’t pick up the pace and Sorenson couldn’t get the ball lower. We managed to hold them to 2 points in the third quarter and make a big run. Our big guys were very present inside tonight, which was huge for us. Our guards were able to shoot well from 3 to open the area. — Shaylee Nielsen, Skyridge Coach

Davis 56, Copper Hills 47

Davis took an 18-4 lead after the first quarter en route to the solid win over visiting Copper Hills in Round 6A. Kylee Mabry led the Darts with 15 points, with Sierra Passey adding 14 more on two 3-pointers.

Bingham 65, Pleasant Grove 51

Bingham and Pleasant Grove battled for an 18-17 first quarter before the Miners defense could settle in and take a 20-point lead late in the third quarter. Sierra Lichtie led the Miners with 18 points while Ruby McLeish had 17 points. Chloe Rutter scored 24 points in the loss.

“Great team win. The girls played very hard and for each other. Proud of the senior leadership and how the girls stuck together and pulled together tonight. — Skyler Beard, Bingham Coach

Riverton 56, Farmington 42

Riverton edged the Phoenix by at least five points in each of the first three quarters as they took a 47-26 lead. Zariah Jenkins scored 22 points and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the victory. The Silverwolves will face the Herriman Mustangs in a rivalry rematch. They picked up a two-point road win in late January before the Mustangs got their revenge at Riverton last week.

“Really proud of how we got through the door tonight. The girls showed up with phenomenal intensity and focused defensively which got us off to a great start. — Riverton Coach Jodi Lee

Fremont 60, Corner Canyon 40

Fremont ran its winning streak against Utah teams to 46 in a row as defending 6A state champion Silverwolves headed into the 6A quarterfinals with a big win over Corner Canyon. Timea Gardiner led the offensive charge with 15 points, Mia Hunt added 14. The game was tied 14-14 after the first quarter, but Fremont outscored the Chargers 20-2 in the second quarter to bury the visitors.

“Our defense was solid tonight against a very athletic Corner Canyon. I think our girls shared the ball well and got some quality shots. Credit to Corner Canyon; they were well trained and played hard. — Lisa Dalebout, Fremont coach


Playoffs 5A

Springville 57, Timpanogos 42

Defending 5A state champion Springville beat Timpanogos in all four quarters as he methodically pulled away for the 5A second-round victory. Kayla Porray had a great day shooting for the Red Devils as she scored 19 from four 3-pointers with Ellie Esplin adding another 17.

Highland 56, Uintah 38

Highland took a one-point halftime lead, but an 18-6 run in the third quarter gave them the split to eliminate Uintah from the 5A State Tournament. The Rams used a balanced offense. Only six different players scored, but all six dropped between six and 13 points. Highland will face Timpview in the quarterfinals in the nightcap on Monday night at the University of Utah.

“Defensively, our team was able to make the saves we needed and fired up our attack to score the points for our win tonight.” — Sala Asiata, Highland Coach

Timpview 50, Northridge 28

After a tight defensive first half, Timpview’s offense was able to explode for 39 points in the second half to give the Thunderbirds the win. Hinemoa Aston recorded 17 points and pulled six rebounds to lead Timpview. The Thunderbirds enter the final stages of the state tournament with a game against Highland in the quarterfinals.

“I think our defense tonight was very strong. We finally got things going offensively in the second half. Just a great team win overall. — Haley Steed, Timpview coach

Abundant 62, Box Elder 39

Bountiful edged the Bees by at least nine points in each of the first three quarters as they dominated their way to a quarterfinal appearance. Taylor Harvey led all scorers with 18 points, including a dozen on four 3-pointers. Claire Cook and Jordyn Harvey also scored in double figures for the Redhawks. Bountiful takes on crosstown rival Viewmont in the quarter-finals. They swept the season series, a round trip the first week of February.

“Loved the way we defended tonight. Box Elder are a really good goalscoring team. It was fun to watch them play together like that. — Joel Burton, Bountiful coach

Viewmont 57, Skyline 41

Despite trailing 12-5 after the first quarter, the Vikings managed to turn the game around in their favor with a 34-12 run over the next 16 minutes, giving them the edge they needed to win. an upset victory on the road. Ayla Williams had 20 points in the loss while Kristina Gunnell and Kalee Smith combined for 33 points in the win.

“I am very proud of the hard work of our girls every day. It’s amazing how positive our attitude has been all season. It is a testimony to our wonderful spirit and character. —Rogers Farnsworth, Viewmont coach

Lehi 47, Woods Cross 30

The Pioneers defense allowed just six points in the first half, leading them to a 47-30 second-round win over the Wildcats. Jamisyn Heaton scored 29 points and dropped a 3-point trio to lead Lehi. They will enter the final stage of the state tournament as the team to beat. Their quarter-final match will be against Jordan on Monday night.

“We started very strong and we were able to withstand a second half from a good Woods Cross team. I was particularly proud of the way we defended tonight. Our student section was loud and it was a great way to end our last home game of the season. — Sean Seastrand, Lehi’s trainer

Jordan 56, Cedar Valley 55

In a close battle throughout, No. 9 seed Jordan edged out No. 8 Cedar Valley as Lele Liava’a kicked in a 3-point corner as time expired on an assist from Fui Niumeitolu. Liava’a scored his five points late in the game. His two free throws tied the game at 53-53, but Cedar Valley then took a 55-53 lead with 5.1 seconds left on a rebound from Olivia Kaaihue.

Jordan still had time to find the winner as Lea Afu picked up the incoming pass in midfield, tossed it to Niumeitolu who found Liava’a in the corner.

“It was a battle throughout the game. Cedar Valley is a great team that came out ready to play. I’m really proud of my daughters for continuing to fight even when things weren’t going our way. Both teams made big plays down the stretch. Lele stepped in and hit a big punch when we needed it. — Tallon Robertson, Jordan coach

Olympus 57, East 47

After sweeping the region’s two games against the East this year, No. 3 Olympus took care of business for the third time in Round 5A to eliminate the Leopards. Mary Sheets led the Tiatns with 14 points and six assists, while Brooklyn Davies and Joss Baker each recorded 12 points and six rebounds in the victory.

“The big key to our victory tonight was to stay calm and play as a team. East brought the score under two just at the start of the third. After an Olympus timeout, we scored on our next three possessions and got the saves at the other end, running a 7-0 run, to go up nine. Just super proud of our mentality tonight and our willingness to share and score the ball. Four double-digit players. — Whitney Jenkins, Olympus Coach

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