Region 10 basketball round-up: Desert Hills girls climb; Snow Canyon boys still undefeated

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Julia Jacobsen looks to finish through traffic after hauling in an offensive rebound. Jacobsen scored 12 points in the third quarter as Desert Hills pulled away from Snow Canyon in the second half on Thursday night.
Julia Jacobsen looks to finish through traffic after hauling in an offensive rebound. Jacobsen scored 12 points in the third quarter as Desert Hills pulled away from Snow Canyon in the second half on Thursday night.

In the first full week of Region 10 play, the Desert Hills girls remain the only unbeaten team in region play, earning wins over Dixie and Snow Canyon.

The Thunder have won six of their last seven, and with a veteran-led roster could continue to widen the gap between them and the rest of the pack.

The Crimson Cliffs girls team earned their first-ever win in Region play with an overtime win against Hurricane last week behind 24 points from Brooklyn Winget.

On the boys side, Snow Canyon, Dixie and Crimson Cliffs remain unbeaten in Region play. The Warriors of Snow Canyon are off to a 14-0 start, and look like one of the best teams in the state, regardless of class, earning the No. 4 spot in the state rankings.

A three-game winning streak by Pine View has seen the Panthers leapfrog a handful of teams to the middle of the pack in 4A.

The Warriors and Flyers play on Wednesday in a battle of not only the top two teams in Region 10 but the top two rated teams in all of 4A.

Girls prep basketball

Desert Hills

The Thunder (7-4, 3-0) have started to roll, winning six out of their last seven, and are off to a perfect start in conference play. Desert Hills earned a pair of 18-point victories—first a 57-39 win over Dixie, followed by a 70-52 win against Snow Canyon.

Julia Jacobson flat-out took over in the third quarter against Snow Canyon to guide the Thunder to a win on Thursday.

Jacobsen paces Desert Hills in scoring at 12.5 points per game but has also been an interior presence on the defensive end for head coach Ron Denos. Along with guards Sa'de Turlington and Enid Vaifanua, Desert Hills has a three-headed attack that now sits at #2 in the UHSAA RPI rankings, trailing only 12-1 Ridgeline.

Snow Canyon

The Snow Canyon Warriors (7-5, 2-1) earned a big win over Hurricane last Tuesday, blowing out the Tigers 60-36, with Olivia Hamlin and Lainee Leavitt combining for 41 points and 11 steals in the victory.

On Thursday, the Warriors were bested by Desert Hills in a matchup of the top-rated teams in Region 10. The Thunder were able to limit Hamlin to just 13 points, using both Vaifanua and Turlington to make life difficult on the freshman, who has burst onto the scene through her first 12 games.

The Warriors currently rank 5th in the UHSAA 4A RPI.

Pine View

After a five-game losing streak heading into the New Year, the Panthers (5-6, 1-1) have won two in a row in 2022.

Pine View's defense has stepped up in a big way, limiting Cedar to just 42 points in a five-point win, and then holding Wasatch to 32 points.

Pine View has lived and died by their defense all year, but a 22-point performance from Emma Jensen against Cedar is a promising sign.

Against Wasatch, it was Ellie Norton's turn to shoulder the load, scoring a game-high 14 points.

Due to the pair of wins, the Panthers have shot up to 6th in the 4A RPI.

Crimson Cliffs

The Mustangs (4-7, 1-1) earned their first Region 10 win in program history with an overtime win over Hurricane on Thursday.

Crimson Cliffs hadn't played since Dec. 16, and the well-rested Brooklyn Winget scored 24 points for the Mustangs in the upset win. Samiyah Jones and Whitley Stookey added 14 and 11, respectively.

Prior to the win, the Mustangs had gone 0-29 in region play.

Crimson Cliffs jumps up to #8 in the 4A RPI poll following the victory

Hurricane

The Tigers (6-7, 1-2) had a tough first full week of 2022, first falling to Snow Canyon 60-36, and then losing to Crimson Cliffs 61-59 in overtime.

Hurricane's offense couldn't get off the ground until the third quarter against Snow Canyon, while the defense had no answer for Olivia Hamlin and Lainee Leavitt.

Top scorer Morgan Stout was limited to just four points against Snow Canyon before bouncing back with 13 against Hurricane.

With the pair of losses, Hurricane drops to 9th in the RPI.

Cedar

Just two years after winning its second of back-to-back state titles, the Reds (6-5, 1-2) find themselves hovering around the .500 mark just over the halfway point of the regular season.

After falling to Pine View, the Reds got back into the win column, suffocating Dixie in a 44-27 win.

Kali Crowly and Braylee Peterson each scored 11 in the winning effort for Cedar.

The Reds are 10th in the RPI rankings.

Dixie

The Flyers (3-6, 0-2) have dropped four of five and opened up their Region 10 schedule with a pair of losses against Desert Hills and Cedar.

Kealah Faumuina had a hard-earned 16 points and nine rebounds against Desert Hills before being held to just five points against Cedar.

Dixie got off to slow starts in each of their last two games, facing deficits of eight and nine points, respectively, at the end of the first quarter. The Flyers scored only two points in the second quarter against Cedar.

Dixie is 12th in the 4A RPI rankings, above only Logan.

Boys prep basketball

Lyman Simmons posts up Kruz Gardner. The two big men battled, with Simmons getting the better of Gardner, who finished with seven points.
Lyman Simmons posts up Kruz Gardner. The two big men battled, with Simmons getting the better of Gardner, who finished with seven points.

Snow Canyon

The Warriors (14-0, 3-0) have rolled through their first 14 games, winning by an average of 14.6 points per game.

Behind 22 points from Owen Mackay, the Warriors were able to silence Hurricane on the road. Lyman Simmons tallied 19, while Bowen Hammer dropped in 17 as the Snow Canyon big three showed out.

Hammer, Simmons and Mackay combined for 43 points in Snow Canyon's 53-28 win over Desert Hills on Friday night.

Hammer has been a breakout star for Snow Canyon, adding another level to already lethal attack.

Snow Canyon is the favorite in Region 10, and sits at the top of the 4A RPI rankings, and the No. 4 overall team in the state.

Snow Canyon faces Dixie on Wednesday in a matchup of the top two teams in Region 10 and in 4A.

Dixie

In their first game since Dec. 18, the Flyers (10-2, 2-0) earned a 49-36 win over Desert Hills behind 14 points from Grant Carter.

Carter is second to only new Grinnell College signee Risko Brooks in scoring for the Flyers at 11.5 per game.

On Friday against Cedar, Dixie's offense poured in 73 points in its 73-59 win over Cedar, despite 24 points from Zab Santana.

Carter added another 16 points, while Kyle Lemke scored 20.

Dixie is the second ranked team in 4A, and is ranked 12th in the state.

Owen Iloa sinks a free throw attempt in the first half for Hurricane. Iloa finished with five points and four rebounds.
Owen Iloa sinks a free throw attempt in the first half for Hurricane. Iloa finished with five points and four rebounds.

Hurricane

The Tigers (8-5, 1-2) lost their two games last week in Region 10 play, first to powerhouse Snow Canyon, followed by a 67-58 loss to Crimson Cliffs.

Weston Larsen was the lone Tiger in double figures against Snow Canyon with 15 points.

Larsen tacked on 16 more against Crimson Cliffs, while Kruz Gardner bounced back from a tough game against Snow Canyon to add on 15.

Gardner and Larsen have provided a solid one-two punch for the resurgent Tigers, who have won eight games a year after only winning two.

With their bounce-back year, the Tigers are ranked 5th in 4A.

Crimson Cliffs

Crimson Cliffs (8-3, 2-0) have played just once since Dec. 18, a 67-58 win over Hurricane.

Four Mustangs scored in double figures, led by Jackson McKone's 16. Jordan Eaton and Hudson Hawes each added 12. Travis Mathews had 11.

Crimson Cliffs has won six of seven and is right on the tails of the Tigers at 6th in 4A RPI rankings.

Pine View

Pine View (6-5, 1-1) picked up its first Region 10 win last Wednesday against Cedar, knocking off the Reds 66-59 in the Panthers' first game since Dec. 18.

Sophomore Griffen Shephard exploded for a career-high 25 points on 10/14 from the field.

Shephard has tallied double figures in three straight for the Panthers, who have won three in a row to get back over .500.

The three game streak has bumped Pine View into the No. 8 spot in the RPI, jumping over Cedar.

Cedar

Despite 22 points from Aaron Munson, the Reds (6-7, 0-3) were knocked off by Pine View 66-59 last week. Cedar dropped to .500 and just 3-5 in games decided by seven points or fewer.

All of Cedar's scoring production came from Munson, Ty Harrison (15) Zab Santana and Stockton Albrecht (both with 11).

Santana and Munson provided the majority of the offense in Cedar's loss to Dixie on Friday.

Santana poured in 24, while Munson added 15, but the depth of Dixie proved too much to handle for Cedar, which now sits at No. 9 in the 4A RPI.

Desert Hills

The Thunder (4-8, 0-3) offense struggled in a pair of losses to the top teams in 4A in Dixie and Snow Canyon.

While the Thunder defense held Dixie under 50 points, Desert Hills could only muster 12 first-half points against the Flyers, and only scored 36 for the whole game.

Against Snow Canyon, only Lincoln Holmes was able to crack into double figures with ten points. The junior guard has scored in double figures in every game except for one for the Thunder, when he was held to just seven points against Westlake.

Sean Ellertson is a sports reporter for the St. George Spectrum & Daily News. To continue to support his work, please subscribe to The Spectrum. Follow Sean on Twitter @SeanEllertson.

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