After dropping a first round setback to Piute in the opening round of the Class 1A Girls Basketball tournament at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield, Dugway wanted to battle back and move on in the consolation bracket.
But to do so, the Lady Mustangs needed to beat a tough Layton Christian team Feb. 17 and the Lady Crusaders weren’t about to cooperate without a fight.
Layton Christian reeled off an 11-4 barrage in the third period to erase a three-point halftime deficit and eliminate the Region 18 co-champion Dugway Mustangs.
Tess Lawrence fired in 13 points and Sasha Noel provided five to lead the Lady Crusaders to the triumph.
Sherilyn Pianar and C.J. Mathews paced the Lady Mustangs with seven points each while Mindy Shultz and Tiara Stevenson netted six each.
The Lady Mustangs finished the season with a 13-9 overall record.
Layton Christian went on to be eliminated one day later when Manila handed the team a 45-38 setback Feb. 18 in Richfield.
Dugway Coach Brett Andrus said his team had the opportunity to post the state victory over Layton Christian.
“We came out great and the girls were playing with a lot of energy and we looked really strong against Layton Christian,” he noted.
“But the second and third quarters we started showing our age again. The pressure of the situation and realizing that we could possibly win our first state game, tightened them up a bit. And that allowed Layton to get back in the game and take the lead in the third quarter. At the end of the third quarter they bombed a half court shot at the buzzer. That really hurt our confidence and gave them a lot of energy to go into the fourth.
“In the fourth quarter, we battle the entire way and had our chances, but it just didn’t go our way,” he added. “We never quit. We had our chances to win in the end. It will prove very positive to our future at state.”
Layton Christian 36 – Dugway 32
halftime deficit to outscore the Lady Mustangs 11-4 in the third period and held on to eliminate Dugway in the state tournament game Feb. 17 at Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.
Dugway raced out of the gates and seized a 13-4 lead after one period expired. Shultz led the way with four points while Pianar and Mathews chipped in with three points each. Stevenson also added a basket and Jaynie Palmer hit a free throw.
Mekala Haley buried a 3-point bomb and Tanya Tyson buried a free throw for the lone points of the period for Layton Christian.
The Lady Crusaders bounced back to outscore the Lady Mustangs 11-5 and only trailed Dugway 18-15 at intermission. Lawrence ignited the Crusader comeback with seven points and Stefanie Roberson hit a three-point play. Charisma McKinney canned a free throw as well.
Pianar and Mathews canned two charity tosses each and Shultz provided another for the lone points of the period for the Lady Mustangs.
Layton Christian tacked on an 11-4 outburst in the third period to take a 26-22 lead into the final frame of the game. Lawrence poured in a pair of baskets and McKinney hit the half-court buzzer to extend the margin to four points headed into the final eight minutes of action. Brooklee Oldridge and Noel also provided a field goal each as well. Pianar hit a basket and Palmer canned a pair of charity tosses for the only point production of the session for Dugway.
Both teams produced 10 points each in the final frame of the game. Stevenson tossed in a pair of field goals while Mathews and Beltzer hit a pair of charity tosses each. Shultz and Palmer also added one free throw each as well.
But Layton Christian countered with three points from Noel and two points each from Lawrence, Oldridge and Haley to fend off the Lady Mustang comeback bid.
Dugway 46 – Tintic 45
Jaynie Palmer fired in a lay up with eight seconds to lift the Lady Mustangs to a thrilling triumph over the Lady Miners Feb. 8 at Eureka. The Lady Mustangs had to rally from 10 points down in the third quarter to pull out the tough road triumph.
Both teams battled to a 6-6 deadlock after one period expired. Palmer paved the way for Dugway with a pair of baskets and Pianar added another to complete the scoring for the Lady Mustangs.
Shayna Stansfield, Danielle Sorensen and Bridget Sherwood tallied one field goal each to force the tie after eight minutes expired. Tintic outscored Dugway 12-8 in the second stanza to take an 18-14 cushion at intermission. Stansfield and Danielle Bosenberg led the charge with four points each and Sherwood buried three free throws as well.
Mindy Shultz and Palmer produced three points each and Pianar added a field goal to keep the Mustangs within striking distance by the break. Both teams recorded 16 points each in the third quarter to allow the hosts to relish a slim 34-30 lead headed into the fourth period. Pianar and Broadhead logged four points each while Shultz and Palmer registered three each. Sam Beltzer also canned a pair of free throws also.
Sherwood tallied six points while Crysta Underwood and Meche Steele provided five each to keep the Mustangs from taking the lead into the final frame of the game.
Dugway finally broke ahead with a 16-11 outburst in the fourth quarter to steal the one-point victory. Pianar and Beltzer paved the way with five points each and Palmer poured in four points, including the game winning shot in the waning seconds. Shultz also added a field goal as well. Sherwood registered six points while Stansfield and Sorenson hit a basket each as well.
Palmer poured in 14 points and Sherilyn Pianar provided 13 to lead the way to the pivotal victory.
Mindy Shultz netted eight and Sam Beltzer contributed seven in the dramatic come-frombehind win. Shultz also recorded 17 rebounds, 12 of which were defensive, and Morgyn Broadhead stepped in for Tiara Stevenson, who was injured in JV, and played well for Dugway as well.
Sherwood led all scorers in the game with a team high 17 and Stansfield pumped in eight as well.