MONROE – South Sevier High School’s Lady Rams basketball team closed the season with two big victories – the first a 44-41 win over Emery’s sixth ranked Lady Spartans in Monroe, Feb. 4.
The Lady Rams’ final battle of regular season play resulted in a win over Richfield’s second ranked Lady Wildcats, 45-38. The rivalry matchup was played on the Lady ’Cats’ home court in Richfield, Feb. 6.
The Lady Rams were up by one at the end of the first eight-minute stretch against the Lady ’Cats. The Lady Rams hit the court hard during the second stanza and established a 22-15 lead at the halftime mark. Key defensive blocks by Presley Chappell and steals by Kenzie Jones and Leah Torgersen resulted in fast break opportunities for the Lady Rams and points via layups and short jump shots.
Scoring between the two foes during the back half of the game balanced out at 23 points by both squads. Albeit, the Lady ’Cats began using a full court press and aggressively doubling up on the ball defensively, which seemed to throw the Lady Rams a bit off kilter and resulted in multiple Lady ’Cat steals, intercepted passes and turnovers by SSHS to RHS. Yet, the Lady ’Cats failed to capitalize offensively with scoreboard points from those opportunities.
The Lady Rams hit nine out of 13 attempts from the free-throw line. From behind the arc, the Lady Rams sank two of 13 attempts, one by Saige Okerlund and the other by Cassie Johnson. From the field, the Lady Rams put 17 of 30 attempts through the hoop for 57 percent.
The Lady ’Cats shot 75 percent from the line – Nicole Willardson went two for two and Passion Reitz found the bottom of the bucket one out of two times from the foul-line. The Lady ’Cats’ made five of 21 attempts from three-point land – two by Reitz, two by Jarica Steck and one by Becca Poulsen. Putting 15 of 50 field goal attempts through the net, the Lady ’Cats chalked 30 percent from the field.
For South Sevier’s Lady Rams, Brookell Brindley led the charge sinking four of four from the line, posted 10 points, nabbed three defensive rebounds and dished out two offensive assists. Chappell follows with nine points, nine rebounds, five blocked shots, an assist and a steal. Torgersen chalked nine Lady Ram points, in addition to pulling down nine boards, an assist and stole the ball once from the Lady ’Cats.
Additional contributors to the Lady Rams’ winning effort included – Jones, who scored eight points, snagged five rebounds, had two assists and two steals for the Lady Rams. Johnson put up eight points as well, grabbed three boards, assisted three times and had a steal. Okerlund drilled one from downtown and one of two from the line for her four-point contribution.
For the Lady ’Cat pack, Steck topped the charts with 12 points, six of which were earned via two treys. She also deflected three Lady Rams’ shots over the course of the matchup, pulled four rebounds and had two steals. Reitz drained two of four attempts from downtown on her way to posting 11 points, two rebounds, four assists and five steals for the Lady ’Cats.
Offensively, Jordyn Moon contributed four points and three assists. On defense, she pulled down eight boards, deflected two shots and stole the ball three times from the Lady ’Cats.
Going into the 3A state championship playoffs, both South Sevier and Richfield have a bye in the first play-in round. Second round of the state playoffs will be held at Utah State University Eastern campus, 451 East 400 North in Price, Friday, Feb. 14.
Quarter, semi and final games will be played at the Redwood campus of Salt Lake Community College, located at 4600 South Redwood Road, Taylorsville.