The Stansbury girls basketball team equaled its deepest state tournament run ever, advancing to the Class 4A state quarterfinals.
However, once the Stallions got there, they ran into one of the top teams in all of Utah – a Cedar squad that didn’t lose a game all season. The Lady Reds, playing just down the street from their own campus at Southern Utah University’s America First Event Center, were locked in from the opening tip, racing out to a 20-4 first-quarter lead on their way to a 52-33 win over Stansbury.
The Stallions (14-10), who had lost to the eventual state-champion Lady Reds (25-0) by a nearly identical score during the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic in December, were able to hang with Cedar early in the teams’ first meeting. That wasn’t the case on Thursday, as Cedar held Stansbury to just 12 first-half points.
The Stallions shot just 10-for-44 (22.7 percent) from the field in the game, while Cedar was 23-for-51 (45.1 percent). Logann Laws led the Lady Reds with 18 points and seven assists, while Japrix Weaver had 13 points and Mayci Torgerson added eight points and six rebounds.
Epa Tia was Stansbury’s leading scorer with 12 points. Kalee Philips had seven points, Kayla Alvey and Kenzi Knudsen each had six and Mackenna Sargent added two.
Thursday’s loss was the final game for four Stansbury seniors: Philips, Knudsen, Sargent and point guard Mia Thurber. It was also the last game at SHS for head coach Kenzie Newton, who will be the head coach at Mountain Ridge High School in Herriman next fall.
Cedar went on to defeat Lehi 53-43 in the state semifinals on Friday before completing its undefeated season with a 53-40 win over Ridgeline in Saturday’s championship game.