Prep Sports Playoff Roundup
Hurricane bounces Park City in first-round matchup
The 2011-2012 season came to a disheartening end Saturday night in Hurricane, where the Park City High School boys’ basketball team was eliminated in the first round of the 3A playoffs by the Hurricane Tigers, 63-50. Behind a 15-point first-half performance by senior forward Britton Buford, the Miners held a two-point lead, 26-24, heading into halftime. But the Tigers, the No. 2 seed from Region 9, came out with a bang in the third quarter, at one point, taking a double-digit lead. Park City trimmed the lead to six, 43-37, heading into the fourth quarter, but Hurricane’s size proved to be the difference as its two big men helped their team earn 19 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter. The Miners were led in scoring by Buford, who had a game-high 20 points, along with seniors Jordan Ruda (13 points), Brae Dilley (10 points), Adam Klawe (four points) and Jono Schettler (three points).
South Summit girls roll on
Safe to say the South Summit High School girls’ basketball team is on a roll. The Lady Cats have won 12 straight games, including Friday’s 2A first-round playoff game against Manti, 46-35. Sophomore guard Alisha Lewis had a game-high 17 points for South Summit, and the Lady Cats had seven other contributors offensively. Next up for the Region 14 champions is a 2A quarterfinal date with Enterprise Thursday at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield. Enterprise (11-10) is the third seed from Region 13, while South Summit (15-6) is the No. 1 seed from Region 14. The game is scheduled to tip off Thursday at 9:15 p.m.
Wildcats throttle North Sevier Wolves
The South Summit High School boys’ basketball team advanced to the 2A quarterfinals with Saturday night’s 73-58 first-round playoff win over the North Sevier Wolves. Senior guard Matt Rydalch had the hot hand, pouring in a game-high 26 points, including three 3-pointers. Beau Rydalch, Cole Richins and Brad Richins, each tallied 11 points, while combining to sink four 3-point baskets. South Summit (11-10) will face Emery, the No. 3 seed from Region 15, Thursday at the Sevier Valley Center at 2:30 p.m.
Lady Braves march on
At 16-6, the North Summit High School girls’ basketball team is marching on in the 2A tournament after the Lady Braves won their first-round playoff game over American Leadership Academy, 50-39, Friday morning. The Lady Braves were led by Susie Stephens (14 points), Erica Richins (nine points), Kasidee Evans (nine points) and Samantha Nicholes (eight points) in the victory over the Eagles. However, North Summit’s 2A quarterfinal matchup will be a mighty tough one as the Lady Braves will face the Richfield Wildcats, who are 20-1. The quarterfinal is scheduled for Thursday at 5:45 p.m at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.
North Summit boys suffer heartbreaking end to season
The North Summit High School boys’ basketball team saw its season end in heartbreaking fashion Saturday night as the Manti Templars edged the Braves 53-52 in the 2A first-round playoff matchup. Senior point guard Keegan McQueen had a game-high 21 points, including three 3-pointers, while seniors Makay Fristrup (eight points) and Braden Brown (eight points) also helped lead the Braves offensively. North Summit finished the season at 9-12, 5-3 in Region 14 play.
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