The long-range shooting of Milford in the 1A state consolation bracket didn’t allow Dugway the chance to recover from its opening round loss. The Tigers hit four 3-pointers in the opening quarter and led 26-8 after eight minutes.
It didn’t get any better from there for Dugway as Milford outscored the Mustangs in each quarter and went on to eliminate Dugway from the state tournament with a 54- 21 victory Thursday afternoon in the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.
Dugway had a hard time getting its offense going and leading scorer Nadaja Bullock finished with seven points to lead the Mustangs while Kylee Morse finished with five. Chandler Rose did the most damage for Milford with 20 points with four made 3-pointers in the convincing victory for the Tigers.
Morse and Allie Wall hit early shots for Dugway to help keep the game close. After Wall hit a layup after a fast-break, Milford had its lead cut to 8-4 at the 5:22 mark.
Unfortunately, the game didn’t stay that close for long. Milford fired back by compiling an 18-2 run throughout the latter end of the first. Rose scored 11 points in the quarter for Milford and the Tigers drained four shots from behind the arc.
Mariah Dotson capped the run with a basket in the paint to give Milford a 26-6 lead with 49.7 left in the quarter. Caitlin Hensley hit a layup before the end of the quarter for Dugway but they still trailed 26-8 after one.
The second quarter didn’t start off any better for Dugway as Milford opened the period with eight straight points. Rose scored five of the first eight points and totaled seven in the quarter to reach 18 points in the first half to single-handedly outscore Dugway 18-11.
Rebecca Wright hit one-of-two free throws to give Milford a 34- 8 lead with 1:08 left in the half. Dugway went nearly the entire quarter without hitting a shot from the field until Katreena Johnson buried a layup with 2.2 left in the half. Even with the Johnson layup, Milford still held a 36-11 lead at the break.
Bullock scored all seven of her points in the second half, including five during the final quarter but Dugway just couldn’t cut into the Milford lead. Milford outscored Dugway 18-10 in the second half even as both teams put in seldom used players.
Milford cruised to the 33- point victory over Dugway to eliminate the Mustangs from the post-season. Even with the rough tournament, Dugway did have a successful 8-0 record in Region 18.