Senior McKay Yorgason scored 22 points as No. 10 Green Canyon upset No. 7 Stansbury 59-44 on the road Friday in the second round of the Class 4A state tournament.
Green Canyon held Stansbury without a field goal for the entire first quarter, jumping out to a 12-point lead when Yorgason hit a 3-pointer as the quarter ended.
“Stansbury’s got a couple of really capable guys offensively. We’re fortunate that we’ve got some guys who love a defensive challenge,” Green Canyon head coach Dan McClure said. “That was huge in the first quarter because it really set the tone for the rest of the game defensively.”
Yorgason outscored the home team by himself in the first quarter, hitting a pair of 3-pointers en route to an eight-point period. He ended the first half with 16 points, including a driving layup on a pick-and-roll to give Green Canyon a 33-22 lead as the clock expired in the second quarter.
Stansbury made a run in the second half, bringing the deficit to as little as five when senior forward Jaden Jenkins scored at the post to make it 44-39 with 6:27 to play. Jenkins scored the final points of the season for Stansbury with his floater in the lane to make it 44-57 five minutes later.
Stansbury guard Landen Giles hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions that cut the lead to 38-28 with about three minutes left in the half, then another in transition with 10 seconds left that made it 40-35 Green Canyon at halftime.
Giles’ shooting kept Stansbury within reach in the first half, scoring the Stallions’ first points from the floor on his 3-pointer 30 seconds into the second quarter. The sophomore finished with a team-high 21 points off the bench.
“I was impressed by his edge to shoot,” head coach Joe White said of Giles’ performance. “The future looks good.”
Senior forward Kaden Taylor was the only other Stallion to hit from the floor in the first half with his corner 3 with 1:42 left before halftime.
Green Canyon’s Carter Maughan scored at the block with six minutes to play in the fourth quarter, curling around a screen for the open layup just after the Stallions cut the lead back down to five. Maughan finished with seven points for the Wolves.
Green Canyon guard Cade Deboard finished with 13 points, including one 3-pointer that took the momentum away from the home team and gave the Wolves a 51-40 lead with 4:31 to play. He and junior Jake Lundin went on an 8-0 run just after that to give Green Canyon a 15-point lead and effectively seal the win.
Stansbury only scored twice more for the rest of the game.
“They’re probably the most-physical, tough team we’ve played all season,” McClure said of Stansbury. “That really concerned me coming into tonight. They play really hard, attack the offensive glass, and credit to them — Coach White does a good job of getting his guys to compete.”
Jenkins finished with seven points for Stansbury, Richins had six, senior guard Peyton Thevenot had five from the free-throw line, Taylor finished with three, and junior forward Crew Schlappi chipped in another two.
Stansbury shot 83 percent from the free-throw line to Green Canyon’s 7-for-7 mark.
The Wolves improved to 13–10 with the second-round win, and will face No. 2 Dixie in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state tournament. That matchup is scheduled to tip off at 12:50 p.m. at Weber State University on Thursday.
“This is awesome, it’s so nice. You prepare for a week to come and play this game, and I’m really, really happy for my guys,” McClure said.
The Stallions fell to 15-8 with the season-ending loss, having finished tied for second place in Region 10.
This year’s Stansbury team is the first in school history to host a playoff game, the first to win 15 games in a season, and the first to finish with a winning record.
White said he’s looking forward to building on that success next year.
“I just told them I love them,” White said of his post-game chat with his team. “It should hurt, because they’ve invested their time in each other, but 20 out of 21 teams are going to end the season with a loss. I just told them I love and appreciate them.”