MONROE – South Sevier High School’s Lady Rams earned their fifth state championship basketball title in the Lifetime Activities Center-Bruin Arena at Salt Lake Community College Redwood Road campus Saturday. The Lady Rams’ season wrapped up with a 9-1 record in the league, a 25-1 record overall and the 3A championship trophy. The Lady Rams’ franchise’s previous state titles were won in 2008, 2007, 2000 and 1982.
The Lady Rams entered the state playoff tourney as the first seed and methodically worked their way through the three-day event handily beating eighth ranked Manti, 62-31, in the quarterfinal matchup. They faced off with fourth ranked Richfield in the semifinals, where they beat the Lady Wildcats for the third time this season, 49-36. Their final bout was against the second seed Judge Memorial for the championship. The Lady Rams pulled off a barn burner victory over the Lady Bulldogs in the final seconds to win the title game 47-46.
The Lady Rams ran away with the quarterfinal game against Manti’s Lady Templars shooting 64 percent from the foul line and 54 percent from the field to Manti’s 38 percent and 26 percent, respectively.
Parsley Chappell led the Lady Rams’ charge with 14 points, six rebounds, an assist and a steal. Leah Torgersen put up 13 points, pulled down 12 boards, assisted twice and stole the ball twice from the Lady Templars. Kenzie Jones sank one from downtown on her way to 13 points. She also had four rebounds, five assists and two steals. Cassie Johnson posted eight points, nabbed five boards, had an assist and a steal. Brookell Brindley nailed a trey for her three points, in addition to grabbing six rebounds and assisting eight times for the Lady Rams. Alexa Robinson scored three points and snagged three boards, while Abbie Coombs had two points in the winning effort.
The Lady Rams picked up their third win, 49-36, this season over inter-county rivals, Richfield’s Lady ’Cats, Friday afternoon. The Lady Rams established an eight point advantage, 23-15, over the Lady ’Cats by halftime. The Lady ’Cats made a run at the Lady Rams during the third quarter and cut their lead to four points scoring 14 points to the Lady Rams’ 10 points. The momentum shifted back to the Lady Rams during the final eight-minute stretch, during which they scored 16 points and held the Lady ’Cats to just six points. Such secured the victory and a bid for the title.
Against the Lady ’Cats, Jones led the pack drilling three 3-pointers for nine of her 18 points. She also snagged five rebounds, had two assists and a steal for the Lady Rams. Brindley knocked down two from behind the arc on her way to 11 points, five boards, three assists and two steals. Torgersen put up nine points, pulled five boards and had a steal. Chappell posted eight points, grabbed 10 rebounds, assisted twice and stole the ball once from the Lady ’Cats. Johnson drained a trey for her three-point contribution. She also nabbed a rebound, had four assists and a steal during the matchup.
The championship battle between the Lady Rams and Judge Memorial’s Lady Bulldogs was a hard-fought tussle between two well-matched teams. The Lady Rams controlled the pace of the front half of the game as has been customary over the course of the season. They built a five-point lead, 21-16, over the Lady Bulldogs by the game’s midpoint.
After halftime break, the Lady Bulldogs picked up the pace and the pressure utilizing a full court press, trapping, as well as double-teaming the Lady Rams. Such disrupted the Lady Rams’ typical calm approach. The Lady Bulldogs cut the Lady Rams’ lead to four-points, 33-29, going into the final quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs’ continued to apply pressure, which resulted in multiple steals and caused various turnovers by the Lady Rams. The Lady Bulldogs took advantage of the momentum with quick transitions, fast breaks and easy layup points. Judge Memorial tied the game at 34 with 7:04 remaining on the clock. The Lady Bulldogs then took the lead, 36-34, with 6:49 remaining. Over the course of the next two minutes, the Lady Bulldogs extended the lead to five points, 43-38.
The Lady Rams fought back cutting The Lady Bulldogs’ lead to a single point, 46-45, with a mere 11 seconds left. From under their own basket, Brindley passed the ball in to Jones, Jones passed to Torgersen on the left side of the arc, Torgersen passes it to Johnson on the wing. Johnson pump faked a shot, dribbled in and drilled a 15 footer over two defenders giving the Lady Rams a one-point lead, 47-46, with three seconds remaining. After which, Chappell intercepted the Lady Bulldogs’ inbound pass to end the game and secured the Lady Rams’ fifth state championship title.
Chappell topped the charts for the Lady Rams with 16 points, 14 rebounds and an assist. Johnson followed with 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Jones drained a 3-pointer on her way to eight points, four rebounds and two assists for the Lady Rams. Brindley posted six points, nabbed two rebounds, assisted four times and stole the ball once from the Lady Bulldogs. Torgersen put up five points, pulled down 11 boards and had three assists in the win.
As the season comes to a close on a high note, the Lady Rams bid adieu to three seniors who have been instrumental in the team’s success – Brookell Brindley, Kenzie Jones and Saige Okerlund.