In some circumstances the good times roll — and don’t stop rolling.
The Cedar Lady Reds pushed their winning streak to seven games with a 51-41 win against Bear River in the 3A quarterfinals Thursday at Weber State.
“We’re just excited,” Cedar coach John Elison said. “Any time you get to the Final Four, it’s a successful season, so from here on out, we just have to fight hard and play hard, and see what can happen.”
Bear River opened the first minute on a 5-0 run, using a Sarah Huber three-pointer and lay-in to open on top. However, Cedar responded with a barrage of threes, climbing back before tying the score 9-9 on a Tara Shipp and-one. The combination of Shipp and Courtney Morley led the Lady Reds to a 14-13 first quarter lead.
Cedar used a more team-oriented attack in the second quarter, getting contributions from players like Taylor Davis and Javlyn Weaver to take a 26-21 lead with a minute left in the quarter. The Lady Redmen led 28-21 at halftime.
“First half, it was pretty high energy on both sides, and both teams spent a lot of energy,” Elison said.
Cedar’s savvy behind the arc continued in the third quarter, with Madison Alger hitting a three to open the Lady Reds’ offense. Shipp gave Cedar its first double-digit lead of the night, 36-25, on a 3-pointer. From that point the Lady Reds used defense and strong interior play to stem a 5-0 Bear River run that brought the score to 36-30.
Shana Foley had several scores for Cedar, but a critical lay-in at the 1:50 mark established a 41-30 lead, and helped the Lady Reds grab a 43-32 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
Seeing their goals slip away, Bear River opened the fourth on a 4-0 run before the Lady Reds bore down defensively and began taking advantage of a foul-happy Bear squad.
Cedar then iced the game at the line.
With the help of several Jessica Nakken free throws, Cedar survived the spirited Bear River fourth-quarter push, and advanced to face Dixie in the first semifinal game at the Dee Events Center.
“I thought tonight was a real team win,” Shipp said. “Now, if we do what we do, it should just be another game for all of us.”
Shipp led all scorers with 16 points, and Weaver also notched 14 to lead Cedar. Sarah Huber led Bear River with 12 points.
As the field narrows to four teams, Elison noted his team is ready to perform at this level and get what they need from both teams.
“All year, we’ve had good shooting, so that needs to continue,” Elison said. “More important, our defense has got to get better tomorrow.”