Playing at state is a whole lot different than the regular season. Dugway learned that lesson the hard way Wednesday afternoon in their 1A state tournament opener against Manila.
Dugway played tight offensively in the first half and never could quite recover. Manila forced a number of uncharacteristic Dugway turnovers in the second half and did a good job cleaning up the offensive boards. Rebecca Collett scored 14 for Manila to lead her team to a 45-30 victory over Dugway at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.
“We just played tight the whole game,” said Dugway coach Brett Andrus. “We haven’t played that tight as a team for a long time.”
Allie Wall led Dugway with 10 points while Nadaja Bullock added nine in the loss. Collett scored 14 for Manila while Janessa Gosar also reached double-figures with 10 points in the opening round victory. Dugway’s bad start got going right from the opening tip. Manila came out scoring the first seven points of the game. Collett gave Manila the 7-0 lead after an offensive rebound and put back with 4:31 left in the first.
Bullock ended the drought for Dugway with a fast-break layup but it would be the only points for Dugway in the quarter. Manila scored the final four points of the first as Janell Reed scored in the post to end the run and give Manila a 11-2 lead after one.
Dugway had the offense working better in the second. After allowing Manila an opening basket, Dugway built a 6-2 run as Kylee Morse nailed a jumper near the baseline to get within 15-8 with 1:14 left in the half. Wall helped Dugway outscore Manila 8-6 in the second with a jump shot just before the half that got Dugway within 17-10 at the half.
Dugway again started fast, this time in the third. Wall scored three points in a 5-2 Dugway run that got them within 21-15 at the 4:41 mark. Unfortunately, Manila used a half-court trap and offensive rebounds to dominate the rest of the third. Reed scored eight points in the final 3:25 to help Manila outscore Dugway 10-4 in the latter half of the third. Reed closed the quarter with a bucket in the post to give Manila a 31-19 lead heading into the fourth.
In desperate need of a comeback to avoid the consolation bracket, Dugway got an early bucket from Bailey Broadhead to get within 33-21 of Manila with 6:16 left. Manila however, followed that with a 9-1 run. Kaylee Hughes capped the 9-1 Manila run with a jumper on the wing that gave her team a commanding 42-22 lead with 3:16 left.
Bullock came on late for Dugway with three points as they scored six of the final eight points of the game to make the final score slightly closer. Manila still held on for the 15- point victory.
With the loss, Dugway will now face Milford in the consolation bracket today.