Brad Richins brings the ball up the court for the Wildcats during a game earlier this season. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record
Brad Richins brings the ball up the court for the Wildcats during a game earlier this season. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record

The night after the South Summit boys' basketball team took down rival North Summit 57-43 in Coalville, the South Summit girls took to the court in Kamas Thursday night for a matchup that would decide the Region 16 title.

It was just what anyone would want for an important game against an archrival a full gym, loud fans and solid basketball.

Ultimately, the Wildcat girls would pay back the Braves for a double-overtime loss on Jan. 28, picking up a convincing 61-49 victory.

South Summit senior Alisha Lewis, who led the Wildcats with 13 points on Thursday night, said fan support was key.

"We've definitely never had that before and we're grateful for the support," she said.

Though North Summit guard Haylee McQueen led all scorers with 14 points, South Summit had three players score in double figures Lewis with 13, Taylor Reidhead with 13 and McKaye Woolstenhulme with 12.

Kasidee Evans and Madi Burk each had nine points for the Braves.

South Summit coach Jerry Parker is proud of his team for picking up the region-clinching win, but added that he'd prefer not to meet North Summit again in the playoffs.

"That's a good team," he said. "We got them this time, but if we play them again, it'll be another battle."

South Summit (15-5 overall, 9-1 in Region 16) will take on the fourth-place team from Region 13 in the first round of the 2A playoffs, which begin Saturday, Feb. 22, in Orem. North Summit (17-2 overall, 8-2 in Region 16) will play the third-place team from Region 13.

"[Region 13]'s a good region," Parker said. "We've got our work cut out for us. We've got to go down to Orem and go to work."

On the boys' side, even though Wednesday night's battle in Coalville didn't mean much to the Wildcats, who had already locked up a Region 16 title of their own, there was a streak at stake that Beau Rydalch didn't want to see end under his watch.

Alisha Lewis takes a shot between two North Summit defenders during the first meeting of the Wildcats and Braves on Jan. 28 in Coalville. Christopher
Alisha Lewis takes a shot between two North Summit defenders during the first meeting of the Wildcats and Braves on Jan. 28 in Coalville. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record

"We haven't lost to [North Summit] in varsity basketball for this makes it five years this year," he said. "It always feels great to beat them. You look at this game no motivation for a region title, but there's always some motivation. I love playing in their gym, maybe even more so than when we play them [in Kamas]."

Rydalch scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the South Summit victory, with fellow senior Brad Richins scoring 21 points. Steven Flinders and Bracken Santos each added seven points for the Wildcats.

Cameron Smith of North Summit was the game's highest scorer, pouring in 22 points in the losing effort. Josh Birk and Dillen Erb each added seven points for the Braves.

The South Summit boys (16-4 overall, 9-0 in Region 16) advance to the 2A playoffs, where they'll take on the fourth-place team from Region 13. North Summit (12-9 overall, 4-5 in Region 16) finishes fourth in Region 16, meaning the Braves will take on the first-place team from Region 13.

The first round of the boys' 2A playoffs begin Saturday, Feb. 22, in Orem.