With a 61-51 emotional win over the Whitehorse Raiders in Montezuma Creek Friday night, the Lady Bucks race towards the state 1A tournament with just one game left, a home game against Pinnacle.
The exciting victory, fueled by senior Abby Chadwick’s 23 points and perfect night at the free throw line (13-13), leaves the Buckaroos tied for first place with Green River with 8-1 region records.
Leading by just one point heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady Bucks outscored the hometown Raiders 20-11 to prevail.
Swayzi Slade and Brittany Keith both chipped in with 10 points apiece and Jaime Keyes added nine. The Lady Bucks were an impressive 16 of 18 as a team from the free throw line. Brittany Redhouse scored 15 points for the Raiders.
On the season, Swayzi Slade leads the Bucks in scoring, with nearly 14 points per game, and rebounds, grabbing eight per game.
Chadwick is having a fabulous year for the Lady Bucks, averaging 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals per game.
Keyes averages six rebounds a game and Martha Beh seven points per game.
The Lady Bucks sport a hardworking 13-7 record but have won nine of their last 10 games to head into the state tournament in ready fashion.
Depending on seedings, the Lady Bucks should enter the state tournament as either the first or second seed from Region 19 and could likely face Altamont (8-7), Valley (3-15), Wayne (12-6), or Salt Lake Lutheran (6-12).
The Lady Bucks have only played Altamont out of this group, posting a 44-38 win early in the season.
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The Lady Broncos also climbed to the top of the Region 15 standings with two important home victories last week, a gutty 34-27 win over the Grand County Lady Red Devils and a 51-42 win over North Sevier.
Coach Justin Moon’s defense held Shelby Dalton, the Red Devil leading scorer averaging 19 points per game, to her lowest output of the season, six points, to grabbed the critical win. Kelsi Meyer led the Broncos with 13 points.
Against the Lady Wolves, Brooke Lyman tossed in 16 points to lead the Broncos while Meyer added a steady 12 points and Teal Palmer 11.
The 12-5 (5-1) Broncos finish the regular season with road games at South Sevier and Gunnison.
Racing to a 19-6 first quarter advantage, the Bronco boys notched a critical road win over the North Sevier Wolves, 65-53.
Cameron Shumway led all scorers with 23 points, but Tyler Nielson and AJ Slavens also hit for double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Broncos, second place in Region 15 (13-4, 3-2), wind up the regular season this week with three big games, at Grand on Wednesday and home against South Sevier and Gunnison on Friday and Saturday.
The Bucks of Rhett Maughan continued their march to the state tournament at cruise speed, besting the always tough at home Raiders of Whitehorse at home, 72-54.
Shawn Dickson did his best “Jimmer” impression, raining in 37 points, including seven treys. But four Buckaroos in double figures effectively counteracted the “Jimmering”.
Dallin Duncan led the Bucks with 20 points, alongside sophomore Gunnar Hollingsworth’s 19 points, as the Bucks dominated inside.
Cory Young kept the inside game effective with 16 points himself with three treys and Devin Wright added 11 feverish points.
Add that to the non-region 49-30 win over Grand County and the Bucks have seven straight victories.
Four more games remain for the 14-3 Bucks as they aim for the 1A tournament the first week of March.