Herriman • It in most cases spells hassle when a crew hits only one basket within the ultimate 10 mins of a recreation.
But that’s precisely what the Copper Hills ladies’ basketball crew did Tuesday because it earned a 35-33 victory over Herriman and with it the Region Three championship.
“It’s a tough way, but it’s the best way,” Grizzlies trainer Kent Smith mentioned. “These are the types of games you find yourself in at the state tournament where every possession is magnified and when defense carries the day. If I had the choice between winning this game with defense or winning it with offense, I’d rather win it with defense.”
That’s precisely what came about.
Herriman trailed 32-25 going into the general quarter and seemed rattled by means of Copper Hills’ urgent protection. The Mustangs had a possibility to get again into it time and time once more.
Jaylyn Van dyke hit a Three-point basket and adopted it with every other basket to provide Herriman a one-point lead with 2:21 to play within the recreation.
Copper Hills sophomore guard Eleyana Tafisi hit the sport’s ultimate basket, a Three-pointer with 2:04 to play to give you the two-point victory margin.
“We just had to stick through it,” Tafisi mentioned. “We were just working hard, and when the struggles came, we just worked through it. We played together as a team and stayed on defense. It always starts on defense.”
Smith concurred with the ones sentiments.
“We couldn’t have been any worse offensively down the stretch,” he mentioned. “We didn’t make free throws. We didn’t make layups. We couldn’t make wide-open shots like we normally do.”
Much the similar factor may well be mentioned about Herriman, which were given a game-high 12 issues from Samantha Jessop however struggled all night time offensively, going the similar of 1 / 4 within the first part with no bucket.
Copper Hills in the long run proved that protection wins championships.
COPPER HILLS 35, HERRIMAN 33
• Sophomore Eleyana Tafisi hits a Three-point bucket with 2:04 to play to provide Copper Hills the Region Three name.
• Jalyn Van dyke leads a Herriman comeback that falls simply quick within the fourth quarter.
• Junior Breaunna Gillen leads Copper Hills with 10 issues in a low-scoring, defensive fight.