Desert Hills junior Kenzie Done powers through defenders for a layup during the Thunder’s game Saturday at the Thunderdome.
ST. GEORGE Desert Hills held a 10-point lead over Granger in the fourth quarter, but the Lancers stormed back for a 60-58 victory Saturday at the Thunderdome.
The Desert Hills Thunder (2-3) led 51-41 about midway through the fourth quarter after Kylie Williams hit an off-balance jump shot. The Lancers called a timeout, and it seemed that’s all they needed. They stormed back with an 11-2 run and traded baskets back and forth until grabbing the lead and sealing the win.
“Granger is identical to us, and Jessica Matheson took it to us,” Thunder head coach Gary Tomlinson said. “Granger is such a great team that it’s one where we won’t hang our heads for losing but credit (Granger) for playing great. Win or lose, we’re always learning.”
The Lancers held a 57-55 lead after a turnover on an inbound by Kenzie Done just went a little too far away from Ashley Beckstrand. The Lancers grabbed the lead, but Beckstrand evened the score on an assist to Williams. Beckstrand drove through the lane toward the hoop and dished a no-look pass to Williams, who caught and shot on the baseline to tie the game.
Granger grabbed the lead again at 59-57 and put the Thunder in another position to tie with about one minute to play. Done held the ball at the top of the key and drove inside. She worked around two defenders and went up for the layup, but the Lancers fouled hard. The ball never reached the rim, and Done went to the free throw line. She hit just one of two.
The Thunder had to foul, and that gave them one more chance. After just one of two free throws made, Desert Hills had one last play to try and send the game to overtime.
The ball went into the hands of Beckstrand. She came around a screen to the left corner of the key and fired a shot at the buzzer that clanked off the rim for a miss — 60-58, Granger.
“(Granger) did a nice job to shut down Ashley the last few minutes,” Tomlinson said. “We’re young. We have a lot of sophomores who played on the freshman team last year and are now being asked to have important roles on varsity.”
Tomlinson said the offensive production will always be there for Desert Hills, but now it’s time to bear down on defense and get stops.
The Thunder visit Cedar on Tuesday to open region play.
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BOYS BBALL SCORES
Spanish Fork 74, Canyon View 54
Cedar 54, Morgan 47
Desert Hills 49, Richfield 39
Grantsville 78, Dixie 74, 2OT
Hurricane 64, Emery 49
Pine View 49, Payson 42