Week in Review
WOODS CROSS – With a berth in the state 4A and 5A playoffs on the line last week, the Woods Cross Wildcats and Viewmont Vikings girls’ basketball teams each picked up wins.
The Lady Wildcats were able to take down Cyprus 41-32 to earn their way into the playoff bracket last Thursday, and Viewmont was able to get past Syracuse Friday, 69-49, to earn their spot from Region 1.
Lady Wildcats down Cyprus 41-32 to take the final Region 6 playoff spot
Needing a win to get into the state 4A girls’ basketball playoffs, the Woods Cross Lady Wildcats fought to the final buzzer against the Cyprus Pirates last Thursday.
Even though Woods Cross was held scoreless for an entire quarter, the Lady Wildcats were still able to get the 41-32 victory over the Pirates to claim the fourth and final playoff spot from Region 6 in the 4A playoff bracket.
Both the Wildcats and Pirates played a close first half, and the Wildcats took a 22-16 lead.
Woods Cross opened the second half by not scoring a single point, but were only trailing by two points at 24-22 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, and only allowed Cyprus to score eight points, to close out the win.
Halle Smith led Woods Cross with 12 points, and Aubree Riddle scored nine points for Woods Cross.
Marissa Brunner scored seven points and had 17 rebounds for the Wildcats in the win.
Cyprus didn’t have a single player score in double figures. Kyra Alvey scored nine points to lead the Lady Pirates in the loss.
Lady Vikings down Titans 69-49 to claim final spot from Region 1
The Viewmont Vikings girls’ basketball team played a close game with Syracuse after one quarter, taking a slim one-point lead at 11-10.
After that; however, the game was dominated by the Vikings after they scored 21 points, taking a 32-17 halftime lead and eventually winning 69-49.
The second quarter outburst by the Vikings proved to be the biggest difference in the game. The Lady Vikings out-scored Syracuse in the second half, but only by five points (37-32).
It was enough to claim the fourth and final playoff spot from Region 1 in the state 5A playoffs.
Caitlyn Larsen led Viewmont by scoring 18 points with five assists and four rebounds. Collette West scored 15 points and Katie Toole scored 14 points with six rebounds for the Vikings.
Syracuse’s Mateah Tuckett and Demi Hamblin each scored 13 points in the loss.
Games this week
The state 4A and 5A playoffs continue throughout the week at Salt Lake Community College.
The finals of each classification will be played on Saturday, March 1.
Tip off for the 5A and 4A championship games are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
Editor’s note: scores and statistics were provided by the local teams.