Dugway was encouraged about sharing the Region 18 girls basketball with rival West Desert.
Afterall, the Lady Mustangs started just one senior with a junior and three sophomores in the starting line-up. But while the league campaign was promising and rewarding, playing in the Class 1A State Girls Basketball tournament was a completely different set of circumstances.
And a veteran Piute team took full advantage of the young and inexperienced Dugway squad in the opening round affair Feb. 16 at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.
The Thunderbirds outscored the Lady Mustangs in all four frames and rolled to a decisive 55-26 victory in first round action.
LaCee Gleave and Heather Allen poured in 12 each and Bryanna Robinson hit for 11 to lead the Lady Thunderbirds to the state tourney triumph.
Tiara Stevenson paced the Lady Mustangs with a team high 10 and Jaynie Palmer contributed six.
Dugway also dropped a 36-32 contest to Layton Christian just one day later to fall from the post-season tournament. The Lady Mustangs finished the season with a 13-9 overall record.
Dugway Coach Brett Andrus said his young squad just faced a better and veteran Piute squad in the opening round of the state tournament.
“The first night we got beat by a better team,” he stated. “The girls played hard and made some inexperienced mistakes and Piute took advantage of it. I think it was nerves and some of it was just being young and inexperienced.”
A story on the post-season games with Layton Christian as well as the overall season overview will be published in a future edition.
Piute 55 – Dugway 26
The Thunderbirds outscored the Lady Mustangs in all four frames and rolled to a decisive first round triumph Feb. 16 at Richfield.
Gleave spurred Piute to a quick 13-5 lead after one period expired with six points in the quarter. Heather Allen also chipped in with a pair of baskets and Bryanna Robinson completed a three-point play.
Stevenson popped the cords for a 3-point bomb and Palmer chipped in with a basket for the lone points of the opening eight minutes of state tourney action for Dugway.
The Lady Thunderbirds recorded a 12-3 barrage in the second stanza to extend the margin to 25-8 at intermission. Gleave once again spurred the Piute attack with six points on three field goals and Allen contributed a pair of baskets as well. Emily Lee also hit a field goal to aid the effort and stake the Lady T’Birds to a 17-point cushion at the halftime break.
Stevenson buried a pair of charity tosses and Sam Beltzer canned another free throw to complete the scoring in the session for Dugway.
Piute put the game away with an 18-6 third period barrage to build an insurmountable 41-14 advantage headed into the final frame of the game. Robinson torched the nets for eight points and Allen chipped in with four points also. Marissa Millett and Josalyn Thompson also added a field goal each to extend the Thunderbird lead. Sam Duegan, Palmer and C.J. Mathews produced a basket each to account for all of the Dugway point production in the frame.
The Thunderbirds logged a 14-12 outburst down the stretch to complete the game. Thompson and Krystyna Hamas fired in a pair of field goals each while Brenda Walls, Lee and Shalleece Ruby hit a basket each.
Stevenson ignited the Lady Mustangs final charge with five points, including a 3-point bomb, while Sherilyn Pianar, Palmer and Duegan all chipped in with two points each. Tayci Morse also hit a free throw as well.
Dugway 46 – East Carbon 24
The Lady Mustangs raced to a big lead early and outscored the Lady Vikings in all four frames to coast to a decisive victory Dec. 21 in the Region 18 opener at Dugway.
Sam Beltzer and Sherilyn Pianar popped the nets for a pair of field goals each. Jaynie Palmer provided three points to stake Dugway to a 13-8 lead after one period expired. Morgyn Broadhead hit a basket to aid the effort.
East Carbon could only muster one field goal from Jenn Maestas, Samantha Madrid, Donna Turner and Janet Lowe in the first session.
The Lady Mustangs tacked on a 13-6 scoring surge in the second stanza to build a comfortable 26-14 intermission cushion. Palmer ignited the pivotal run with five points and Pianar chipped in with a pair of baskets.
Mindy Shultz and C.J. Mathews added a field goal each to provide the double figure halftime lead.
Amanda Hepworth, Madrid and Turner tossed in a basket each to keep the Lady Vikings within striking distance by the break.
But Dugway put the victory on ice with another 13-7 barrage in the third quarter to extend the margin to 39-21 with eight minutes left in the affair. Palmer once again led the spirited attack with five points and Shultz hit for a pair of baskets. Pianar added a field goal while Tiara Stevenson and Beltzer buried a free throw each to stake the Lady Mustangs to a whopping 18-point lead down the stretch.
Madrid uncorked a 3-point bomb to ignite the East Carbon offense. Hepworth and Turner added a basket each.
The Lady Mustangs completed the lopsided victory with a 7-3 outburst in the final frame of the game. Palmer contributed a pair of field goals while Broadhead buried three straight free throws.
Madrid tossed in a basket and Lowe canned a free throw for the lone offense of the frame for the Lady Vikings.
Palmer paced all scorers in the game with 17 and Pianar tossed in 10. Shultz hit for six while Broadhead and Beltzer provided five for the victors.
Madrid led the Vikings with a team high nine and Turner hit for six.