Armed with an 18-game winning streak, the Richfield Wildcats had a fairly enormous chip on their shoulder with the memory of a shocking quarterfinal loss in last year’s 2A state basketball playoffs.
One year later, the Enterprise Wolves found out just how determined the Wildcats were to move forward from that nightmare and move closer to a state title.
Sloane Roundy scored 12 points, and Richfield clamped down on the defensive end after the opening quarter to cruise to a 41-31 victory Thursday night at the Centrum. The Wildcats (20-2) won their 19th straight game and advanced to a semifinal meeting with Kanab at 2:30 p.m. today.
Enterprise fell to the consolation bracket and will play Gunnison at 11:10 a.m.
For Wolves head coach Brian Phelps, it wasn’t hard to figure out why his team had trouble with the Wildcats.
“They worked us over pretty good physically,” Phelps said. “They knew they didn’t want to fall into the trap (of a quarterfinal loss) again. … We had to do two or three things to win, and we didn’t get them done.”
Even though Enterprise was down only 12-10 after a quarter, it took them nearly 20 minutes to match that output. By then, Richfield had the game well in hand and led by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter.
“Our timing was off on our cuts, and it wasn’t good enough offensively,” Phelps said. “We just died in the second quarter. When you have a good team like (Richfield), you have to play perfectly, and we didn’t get it done.”
Taylor Phelps had 12 points to lead the Wolves and Riley Lyman added 10.