The Beaver Beavers had an impressive resume coming in to Thursday’s quarterfinal matchup against the Emery Spartans. Not only were they the defending 2A state champions, but they had won two of the last three titles.
With a three-headed scoring machine wreaking havoc, the Spartans weren’t impressed in the least.
Ashlyn Allred and Jeridi Price scored 13 points apiece, and Emery led from start to finish to unseat Beaver, 52-39 in the 2A quarterfinals at the Centrum. The Spartans (13-7) hit seven 3-pointers – four from junior Hannah Dyer – in the win.
The Beavers will face American Leadership in the consolation bracket at 9:30 a.m. today, while Emery faces Parowan in the first semifinal at 12:50 p.m.
If beating the defending 2A champion was a dream, Emery coach Dean Stilson admitted he’s still pinching himself.
“Beaver is a really disciplined team,” Stilson said. “We needed to limit Hattie Snyder’s touches and let someone else beat us. … I hope we play tomorrow with as much grittiness and effort as we did today.”
Snyder was held to seven points, five below her season average.
Emery had taken a 22-13 lead at the half and scored the first two baskets in the third quarter to build the lead to 13, but Beaver slowly chipped away until a Schyler Jordan basket cut the margin to 38-36 early in the fourth quarter.
When Dyer hit 3-pointers on back-to-back Spartan possessions, it rebuilt the lead to eight and put them back in control. The Beavers scored just five points in the final eight minutes.
“We knew they would come back hard, but we just played together as a team and worked hard ourselves,” said Dyer, who had all of her 12 points from behind the 3-point line.
Macail Wood led Beaver (19-5), who had an eight-game winning streak snapped, with 16 points.