County rivals meet in big basketball game
The rivalry between North Summit and South Summit is strong enough that neither team needs any extra motivation when the two schools square off. But on Wednesday night when the Braves and Wildcats meet for a boys’ basketball game, second place in Region 16 will be on the line.
Both schools enter the contest in a tie behind Summit Academy for second place, both having lost only to Summit Academy so far in region play. The game, scheduled for 7 p.m. in Kamas, will keep the winner in striking distance of the region title and send the loser scrambling to make up valuable ground.
South Summit (9-8 overall, 3-1 in Region 16)
The Wildcats enter Wednesday night’s matchup fresh off a blowout victory against American Leadership on Friday night.
After jumping out to a 28-19 halftime lead on the road, South Summit cruised to a big 61-41 win.
Nick Beasley scored 19 points to lead all scorers, while Mason Gines added 17 points and Kaden Atkinson scored 11. Jason McNeil (seven points), Tanner Anderson (four), Caleb Peterson (two) and Brandon Dansie (one) also contributed offensively.
Though the Wildcats have won four of their last five games, Coach Dusty Hatch said the team must stay hungry and motivated entering Wednesday night’s matchup.
"Just like every time we play, I expect it to be a dog fight," he said. "I think North Summit’s better this year than they’ve been in a while. They have a really nice team. They’re big and they’re skilled and they’ve got quick guards who defend well."
Hatch said the key for the Wildcats will be to stop North Summit’s size from being a factor.
"We don’t play well against teams with size," he said. "That’ll be a challenge for us. We’re going to try to neutralize their size with our speed. If we can get out and run, that negates their size."
After losing to Summit Academy by only three points (57-54) on the road earlier this year, Hatch said defeating North Summit at home is crucial if the Wildcats hope to win the region title.
"You never know what can happen," he said. "We played Summit Academy close at their place, but you’ve got to win this next one to even have a chance. It’s a huge game for both of us and they probably feel the same way."
North Summit (10-7, 3-1)
The Braves enter Wednesday’s game on a three-game region winning streak. On Thursday night, North Summit dispatched Providence Hall 62-50 in Coalville.
Mason Richins led the way for the Braves with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Wayment also had a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 boards. Calvin Hunsaker scored 14 points and Curtis Calderwood added 10 points. Braden Richins had four points and snagged 11 rebounds in North Summit’s comfortable victory.
In the Braves’ first game against region leader Summit Academy, North Summit lost at home 63-54 despite double-doubles from Eric Wayment (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Tyler Coleman (10 points, 11 rebounds). North Summit’s next shot at the Bears is scheduled for Friday night at Summit Academy.
After Wednesday night’s battle, the Wildcats and Braves are scheduled to meet again to close out the Region 16 season on Friday, Feb. 12. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. in Coalville.
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