Sometimes you just get the sense two teams will see each other in the postseason.
A non-region matchup between Snow Canyon and Juan Diego garnered that feeling.
In a bettle between two of 3A’s elite teams, Juan Diego found a way to outpace the Warriors, winning a 46-42 game at Snow Canyon Saturday night.
“Our goal today was to play great defense,” Juan Diego coach Natalie Williams said. “We did that, but offensively we’re such a young team — we need to know when to push it.”
Snow Canyon started the game on an 8-4 run after an Amy Harris score. Juan Diego would take their first lead, 11-10, with 3 minutes left in the first quarter off a Monique Mills jump shot.
The Soaring Eagle finished the period with a 6-0 run for a 16-10 lead.
Juan Diego would largely go scoreless in the ensuing quarter, but still managed to take a 22-18 lead into the locker room.
“This game came down to hustle plays, and who could make the play at the critical time,” Snow Canyon coach Wade Jensen said. “They just made more plays than we did.”
Juan Diego held a 31-21 lead with 5:04 left in the third, but Snow Canyon bounced back with a 6-3 run to finish the quarter trailing by seven, 34-27.
Snow Canyon managed to cut the Soaring Eagle lead to 38-35 with four minutes left in the final period after Grace Walton’s 3-pointer, and then BYU commit Amy Harris hit a bucket to pull the Warriors within one, 38-37, with plenty of time left on the clock.
Foul trouble would ultimately derail the miracle comeback as the Soaring Eagle iced the game at the free throw line in the waning minutes.
“We worked hard throughout the game, and I thought we did a lot of good things,” Williams said. “I was impressed with what we did defensively.”
Juan Diego’s Lancee Whetman finished as the game’s high scorer with 15 points. Snow Canyon was led by Amy Harris, who finished with 13, and Megan Leavitt, with 11.
With the non-region loss in mind, Jensen was quick to note his team understands the need for playing the state’s best teams.
“We play in the preseason to get ready for the region, and we play teams like Juan Diego because they’re a quality program,” Jensen said. “We do it to get ourselves ready for our region play.”
DESERT HILLS 49, WASATC 28: The Thunder used a stifling defense and had a much better shooting day than Friday as they defeated Wasatch in the 2A-3A Girls Basketball Preview in Richfield.
Blair Bliss led Desert Hills (8-0) with 17 points, and Haley Bodnar scored 15. Bodnar also had an unofficial count of 9 blocked shots as the Wasps were forced outside the paint.
Emily Seifert hit for 8 points, and Kassidy Cox added 6 for Desert Hills.
Rebecca MaWhinney provided nearly all the offense for Wasatch, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring 20 points.
The Thunder play at home Tuesday against Cedar in a Region 9 game.
NORTH SANPETE 55, HURRICANE 52: KC Gubler nearly had a triple double — 23 points, 13 rebounds and nine steals — but the Tigers (2-3) couldn’t make the big shots down the stretch over North Sanpete (5-4). Sela Filo scored 14 for Hurricane and collected nine rebounds, but a 20-9 fourth quarter gave the Hawks the narrow victory.
PINE VIEW 53, SOUTHWEST
TECH., Nev. 23: Elaine Asaasa had 14 points, Kirsten Anderson had 12 and the Lady Panthers easily ousted Southwest Technical Academy by 30 points.
The outcome was never in question. Pine View led 24-7 after one quarter and 31-16 at the half. The win marks the Panthers’ first on the season.
CEDAR 42, TIMPVIEW 37: No details reported.
MORGAN 28, CANYON VIEW 27: No details reported.
KANAB 54, SOUTH SUMMIT 50: No details reported.
BEAVER 43, DELTA 31: No details reported.
ENTERPRISE 55, NORTH SEVIER 25: No details reported.
VIEW 63, JUAB 53: Jack Bangerter hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points in the Panthers (5-2) win. Dallin Milne chipped in 10 points and collected 11 rebounds. Pine View scored 24 in the second quarter.
DESERT HILLS 55, SPANISH FORK 48: The Thunder won their second game in a row against visiting Spanish Fork thanks to Jordan Hokanson’s 23-point performance. Josh Anderson put up 12 points and collected seven rebounds in the win, which was close throughout.
It was also sweet revenge for Desert Hills (5-2) as Spanish Fork (7-1) was the team that ousted the Thunder’s football team from playoffs in November.
DIXIE 54, SALEM HILLS 50: No details reported.
PINNACLE 69, MILFORD 57: No details reported.