High school girls basketball: 2023 UHSAA/Mountain America 6A girls basketball championships

High school girls basketball: 2023 UHSAA/Mountain America 6A girls basketball championships

by James Tate

Quarterfinal games

(3) Skyridge Falcons 52
(10) Syracuse Titans 34

photo of Titan’s Brynn Greenhalgh

The Falcons came into this contest as heavy favorites, and their full-court pressure caused problems for the young Titans all game. The Falcon’s leading scorers were Shae Toole (13), Cambree Blackham (10), and Merceius Mili (10) points. By halftime, the score was 24-11, Falcons, and the only made basket was a three-pointer by freshman Maylee Anderson. Junior Avery Sanders led the Titans with 22 points. Sanders played an incredible game by making all five of her three-point shots and all five of her free throws. The Falcons move on into the semifinals against the Davis Darts.

(5) Fremont Silverwolves 73
(4) Mountain Ridge Sentinels 65

photo of Silverwolve’s Aly Coombs

The Silverwolves upset the #4 seed Sentinels in a double-overtime late-night thriller. In a game that saw both teams go back and forth with big shots and incredible effort, the Silverwolves came out on top. The Silverwolves had four players score in double figures, Aly Coombs (21), Charli Hunt (16), Kaidance King (15), and Kale Brian (11). Coombs added 11 rebounds, and King had 12 rebounds in the contest. Addy Horsley’s 16 points led the Sentinels, Kya Newton’s 15, and Faith Fairbanks’ 11 points. Horsley was great at the free throw line, making 12 of her 14 attempts. This game was close throughout as both teams displayed the will to win on every possession. The Silverwolves move on into the semifinals with a matchup against #1 seed Lone Peak Knights.

(1) Lone Peak Knights 72
(8) Westlake Thunder 39

The top-seed Knights looked impressive in moving past opponent and region 4 foe Westlake Thunder. Knights top-scorer Kailey Woolston led with 24 points and made five three-point baskets. Sarah Bartholomew had a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Knights. Aysha Torkorndo led the Thunder in scoring with 13 points, and Austyn Feller’s had 12 points. The Thunder only made one three-point shot in the contest on 14 attempts. The Knights move on into the semifinals against the Fremont Silverwolves.

(2) Davis Darts 48
(6) Herriman Mustangs 44

photo of Dart’s Aryanna Bull, Kendra Kitchen, T’Maea Eteuati, Chloe Peery, and Kate Richards

In a close contest, the Darts were led by freshman T’Maea Eteuati’s 13 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Eteuati was locked in and played an impressive overall game, including making all four free throws. Also scoring double figures for the Darts were Kate Richards (12) and Aryanna Bull (10) points. The Mustangs keyed in on Dart’s all-state player Kendra Kitchen and held her to nine total points. The Mustangs saw Mariah Mons lead all scorers with 19 points in the loss. The Darts next play the Skyridge Falcons in the semifinals.

photos courtesy James Tate

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