It was the Saraven Allen show early and often Thursday night at Centrum Arena.
The 5-foot-6 point guard had 17 points and five steals to lead No. 4 Pine View to a 67-57 upset victory over No. 3 Morgan.
“I was just reading their eyes and trying to make a play for my team,” Allen said of her five steals.
Allen’s performance wasn’t lost on her teammates.
“I’m so proud of Sareven,” senior Tayvia Ah Quin said. “She played like an all-star tonight and just killed it out there.”
The victory sends the Panthers to the semifinals for the first time in 14 years and was the second consecutive tournament upset for Pine View after knocking off No. 1 Union last week.
“I’m so proud of the girls,” Pine View head coach Chris Brinagh said. “They played their hearts out and everyone stepped up with “Mamma Tash” (Natasha Fiame) going down. We don’t know the status yet, but the girls were playing for her.”
Defense was the theme in practice leading up to Thursday’s game and it certainly paid off for the Panthers. Thanks to a mix of different looks, Morgan’s high-powered offense couldn’t get in rhythm.
“We threw a lot of defenses out there to try and slow them down because Morgan has great shooters,” Brinagh said.
The defense-minded practices were engrained on the players as evident by Breana Moeai’s funny mistake late in the game.
Up double digits, Moeai stepped up to the free throw line for a one-and-one. After sinking the free throw — of which Pine View made 27-of-32 attempts on the day — Moeai ran back to the other side of the court for defense before she realized she had one more free throw to shoot.
“Breana was just in that defensive mindset,” Ah Quin said. “It was pretty funny and we all had a good laugh about it.”
Ah Quin scored a team-high 20 points, Rachel Lusk had seven points and Moeai and Stefani Gleave each had six points apiece in the win for the Panthers.
Kate Blazzard scored a game-high 21 points (five triples) in the loss for the Trojans.
Pine View’s Cinderella season continues with a rematch against Snow Canyon for a trip to the 3A title game Saturday. Friday’s game is scheduled for 4:10 p.m.
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