The Snow College women’s basketball went 20-11 last season, helped by their two leading scorers Kaitlyn Hurley and Brooke Wheeler.
Reinforcements are arriving for the Badgers.
Snow Canyon’s Mada Mooring and Shaylee Reed signed their letters of intent Friday afternoon to play basketball at Snow College this coming fall.
Around 40 people — friends, family and coaches — packed into a small conference room adorned with orange and blue balloons and a large Snow Canyon Warriors flag behind Mooring and Reed as they signed their letters and sent them off to the fax machine.
Mooring, who also played soccer and softball, averaged 15.8 points, 4.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game at point guard for the 3A state champion Warriors (24-2).
“Going into Snow I’ll get an opportunity to play right away, and somewhere else I might not get that opportunity,” Mooring said.
Reed, who also played volleyball, averaged 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists playing mainly at the 4 position, but often playing many other positions.
“I really like the environment of it all,” Reed said. “I’m so excited to play basketball with Mada and (Pine View’s) Tayvia (Ah’Quin).”
Snow College has enjoyed a fair amount of recent success, going 41-19 in the past two seasons, and that also played a factor in both Reed and Mooring picking SC.
“We want to go somewhere that we know that we’re going to have a good time and have success,” Mooring said.
Both had played on the varsity team since their freshman year, which presents a big challenge to the Warrriors’ coaches next season.
“They’re going to be really hard to replace next year, but we feel lucky that we can use them as examples for the girls in our program,” Snow Canyon girls basketball assistant coach Ryan Rarick said.
Tayvia Ah’Quin, Snow College
Pine View’s Tayvia Ah’Quin also signed her Letter of Intent with Snow College on Friday. The 5-foot-10 forward led the Panthers in scoring (12.3), rebounds (7.7) and assists (2.1) per game this past season.
The two-sport athlete had a number of offers from schools in and around the state after decommiting from Dixie State.
“I just really love it there,” Ah’Quin said of her visit to Ephraim. “I’m just super grateful and ready to see what I can do at the next level. Just knowing that a couple of other girls from around the region are going, which makes it nice, and I can’t wait to get going.”
Ah’Quin was named to the 3A First Team after leading the Panthers to the 3A semifinals for the first time in 14 years.
Ah’Quin, who played nearly every position for the Panthers this year, doesn’t have a set position at the next level, but her coaches love what they see.
“(Snow College) liked my athleticism and I am very excited to work with them to see what I can become.”
Ah’Quin is the first in her family to receive a full-ride scholarship.
“I’m so thankful for all of the coaches and everyone at Pine View for making this possible,” Tayvia’s father said. “We love this school and our hearts are very full.”
“We are certainly going to miss her, but we are excited to watch her continue to grow,” Pine View head basketball coach Chris Brinagh added. “Tayvia is a special lady and it’s also the first time in a really long time that somebody from Pine View has earned a girls basketball scholarship.”