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ST. GEORGE – Even before Thanksgiving, high school preseason basketball competitions have started across the state, with a number of local teams seeing their first action on Tuesday night.
Following are recaps of Tuesday’s boys’ and girls’ basketball games involving teams from southern Utah, along with a look ahead to other preseason opening games. Although most teams don’t start playing in the region until early January, the preseason schedule allows them an early start in building their RPI rankings.
Cedar 74, Sycamore 65
On Tuesday night at Maple Mountain, the Reds used a 17-9 third quarter surge to pull away from the Golden Eagles and give new head coach Tyler Monks a win on his debut. Landon Kreitzer scored 19 points to lead Cedar while Boston added Garrett 17 and Ty Bronson 14 points. The Hot-Shooting Reds totaled 13 3-pointers during the game.
Wasatch 65, Hurricane 57
At Hurricane, the Tigers fell to the Wasatch Wasps. Hurricane was a point behind at halftime, 30-29, but the Wasps put on a 22-8 run in the third quarter to pull away. The Tigers made just 9 of 22 free throw attempts during the contest.
Meanwhile, the Snow Canyon Warriors, the defending State 4A champions, are scheduled to open their preseason Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada. The remaining four Region 10 teams are all scheduled to begin their respective plans on the road on Thursday, December 1, with Crimson Cliffs at Payson, Dixie at Mountain View, Desert Hills at Ridgeline and Pine View at Mountain Crest playing.
Snow Canyon 71, Enterprise 25
On Tuesday at Enterprise, the Snow Canyon Warriors led 21-2 in the first quarter and never looked back during a Wolves loss. Olivia Hamlin and Natalie Olson each scored 16 points for Snow Canyon.
Four other Region 10 teams begin their preseason plans Tuesday, November 29 with Hurricane at Canyon View, Pine View at Beaver, Cedar at Carbon and Desert Hills at Soda Springs, Idaho. Then, on Thursday, December 1st, the Crimson Cliffs in Beaver opens while Dixie travels to New Mexico to play the Kirtland Central.
The Canyon View boys announce their preseason schedule at home against Hurricane on Wednesday, November 30th.
Canyon View 46, Beaver 43
On Tuesday night, the Canyon View Falcons opened their season with a narrow home win over the Beavers. Bethanee Vargas led Canyon View’s even score with 13 points, with Jayda Gleave adding 9 points and Maya Nichols and Kamryn Brush each scoring 8 points.
In Tuesday night’s 1A/2A Boys action, Millard defeated Diamond Ranch 110-21 in Millard, Wayne won at home to Green River 63-46 and Piute won 67-51 in Beaver. That game was Piute’s second win, 2-0, as the Thunderbirds also defeated 3A San Juan 54-48 on November 16.
Meanwhile, in 1A/2A action Tuesday night, Kanab handled Panuitch 68-43. Anna Cutler led Kanab with 20 points while Ashlyn Houston added 15 points, with the two players scoring nine 3-pointers combined. Panguitch was led by Tabi Henrie with 17 points. The Lady Cowboys improved to 2-0 while the Bobcats fell to 2-1 in the young season.
Defending girls’ 1A State Championship champion Piute has started her season 1-2, with losses to Kanab and Rich last week and a win to Tabiona in between.
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