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South Summit basketball: ‘Cats go 1-1 in Richfield Tournament

Christopher Kamrani, The Park Record

Asked to describe Friday’s 65-54 loss to Kanab, Dusty Hatch said, "We didn’t even get off the bus."

In the first-game loss at the Richfield Tournament, the South Summit High School boys’ basketball team displayed signs of being a young and inexperienced team, according to the head coach.

"I felt like we were the better team, but they outplayed us in every aspect," he said. "(The game) just showed me inexperience; some of the mistakes we made, that’s stuff we work on every day in practice.

"It is something we can fix. I just felt like my players knew better than what they were doing and they just weren’t mentally prepared to play."

Hatch said his Wildcats were neck-and-neck with the Kanab Cowboys until two minutes left in the second quarter when Kanab went on a 10-0 scoring run and pulled away from there. For South Summit, senior forward Bonner Mitchell scored a team-high 19 points and grabbed five rebounds, while senior guard Matt Rydalch pitched in 17 points. Junior Cole Richins scored 10 points.

On Saturday, South Summit got back to its winning ways, defeating Rowland Hall 50-45. Mitchell was once again the leading scorer, pouring in 16 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Rydalch was again the second-leading scorer for the Wildcats, scoring 10 points, while Beau Rydalch scored nine.

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Hatch said the score of the game didn’t depict the story. He said the Wildcats had an 18-point lead with four minutes remaining in the third quarter before the Winged Lions had a 10-0 run.

"They do that to you," he said. "I don’t know if anyone ever blows out Rowland Hall. They’re just tough."

He said Winged Lions drained two late 3-pointers to cut the Wildcat lead to five.

"We started making mistakes and getting selfish," Hatch said. "I was never really worried about getting beat; I thought we had the game in hand, but we’ve got to put a full 32 minutes together."

South Summit gets back to work tonight as the Wildcats (2-2) host North Sanpete in their home opener in Kamas. The Hawks are 1-5 but have played an impressive early-season schedule.

Hatch said North Sanpete presents problems for his team.

"They have a different style than they have the last three years, but they’re a really good defensive team," he said. "And they’re long, which we don’t match up well with. Even our big guys aren’t really long, they’re just big. We have trouble defending big, quick guys."

The first-year head coach said he’s eager to get his players on their home floor in front of the rabid student body.

"Hopefully that will give us a little energy," he said. "In Richfield, we just lacked energy. I think that’s the biggest thing that contributed to our loss there."

Lady ‘Cats off to 1-2 start

The South Summit High School girls’ basketball team (1-2) is coming off a 47-28 road loss to Rich Friday night. Last Thursday, South Summit earned its first victory of the 2011-12 season by a 47-35 margin over American Leadership Academy. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, South Summit lost its season opener 62-57 to 3A Judge Memorial in Salt Lake City.

Sophomore guard Alisha Lewis leads the team in scoring, averaging 11 points per game. Guard/forward Abby Peterson is averaging seven points per game, while junior Mariah Davis is averaging 5.7 points per outing.

The Lady ‘Cats host their home opener tonight against North Summit at 5:30 p.m. in Kamas.