The only thing that could slow the Snow Canyon (21-2, 9-1) girls basketball team Friday night was when a child’s ball accidentally rolled onto the court during the third quarter against Park City (10-8, 3-5). After the refs halted play for a second, the Warriors picked up right where they had left off.
Point guard Madison Mooring had a game-high 17 points and forward Natalie Coulam added 15 as Snow Canyon crushed Park City, 78-44, in the first round of the 3A playoffs. The win was the first playoff win for the Warriors since the 2012 season. The 78 points were also a season-high for Snow Canyon.
“It was just really fun to play so well as a team,” Coulam said. “When we play as a team, we are tough to beat.”
“It’s so fun to get everyone scoring. We’ve had our primary scorers all year long, and tonight it was nice to look up at the scoreboard and see everyone have points,” Mooring added.
For the game, 10 players got on the board with four of them reaching double figures.
“We’re just so proud of the way the girls started,” Snow Canyon assistant coach Ryan Rarick said. “We had an entire week off, and we were wondering if they would get too hyped for the game. They didn’t, and we couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to begin the playoffs.”
Before Park City could even blink, they were down 15-4 before head coach Samuel White called a timeout. Nikenna Durante (12 points), Shaylee Reed (10 points), Sydnie Hoskins (6 points) and Mooring each had buckets as the Warriors got out to a fast start.
The only bright spot for the Miners was guard Marina Mayo (11 points), who had two triples on the day with one of them coming at the buzzer to cut the first quarter deficit to 20-7.
But the deficit only got wider as Snow Canyon’s offense simply couldn’t be stopped. Anything the Warriors put up in the air somehow found the back of the net even when they weren’t even trying.
With four girls on her, Durante somehow managed to get some space and with a nifty step-back jumper threw up a prayer. Her prayer was answered as the right-hander put up a left-handed shot that found the back of the net.
Nikenna Durante hits another 3-pointer. Warriors are just toying with Park City now. SC leads 71-42 midway thru 4Q. pic.twitter.com/1jDBTHwmAB— Justin Giles (@JustinGiles_) February 20, 2016
“It was just one of those days, but we’ll take it,” Rarick said smiling.
The junior varsity team took the floor in the fourth quarter and every time they scored, everyone on the bench was jumping up and down in celebration.
After sophomore Allie Parr knocked down a shot with a minute left in the game, Durante pretended to faint while Mooring pretended to get the shock paddles out to “revive her.”
“We saw a video online, and we said we have to do that,” Mooring said smiling. “So every time the JV team gets into the game we want to make sure they have our support because they’ve made us better all year long.”
No. 4 Pine View 54, No. 1 Union 48
The fourth-seeded Panthers went on the road and shocked the top seeded Cougars of Union, 54-48. Pine View’s Breana Moeai had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Sarrah Pierce also had 12 points and Tayvia Ah Quin pitched in 10 and grabbed five rebounds.
Union’s Paige Farnsworth had a game-high 16 points in the loss for the Cougars.
No. 2 Stansbury 68, No. 3 Desert Hills 63 OT
Desert Hills’ Ashley Beckstrand had a game-high 39 points (five 3-pointers) but it wasn’t enough as the Thunder let a nine-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter. Stansbury came roaring back to force overtime which it went on to win.
Angie Kilpack had 28 points, and also had five 3-pointers in the victory for the Stallions.