The region 13 #1 seed Kanab Cowgirls tamed the San Juan Broncos in the state play-in game last Thursday at Orem High School. The ‘Girls started the game red hot and continued their awesome shooting throughout the contest, coasting to a 74-37 victory.

Kanab head coach Mickey Houston was very pleased with his team. “The girls executed our game plan perfectly. Our three seniors led us on both ends of the court. Shaylee put up a triple-double, Kaitlin had a double-double, and Aliesha does what she does best, scoring 18 points on six three-pointers,” said Houston.

They made 11 shots from beyond the arc, and had two more called off at the end of the first and second quarters.

Shaylee McDonald hit eight points in the first three minutes of the game, including two from downtown. Aliesha Houston hit two of her six treys in the first four minutes, and Kanab led 14-1 halfway through the first frame. Two free throws by Kaitlin Glover, a three by Lacey Glover, and a short jumper from Kaitlin, and Kanab led 21-1. Kaitlin’s basket with 1:15 left in the first period was the only two-point basket of the quarter by either team. San Juan hit a three in the final minute and Kanab led 21-4 after one. Kaitlin was a beast on the boards, as she snagged six rebounds in the first quarter alone.

The smoking hot Cowgirls kept their long range barrage going in the second period, as Lacey, Aliesha and Shaylee each hit bombs, and with 3:20 left until the half, Kanab built up a commanding 32-7 lead. San Juan rallied at the end of the quarter, going on a 7-0 run, to get within 38-14 on a three-point play with 10 seconds left. Shaylee made another three at the buzzer, but it was negated on a traveling call. The Cowgirls had 20 rebounds, 10 assists and eight steals in a dominating first half. They also held San Juan to just three field goals.

Two quick baskets by Channing Jackson in the first minute and a half of the third period, and Kanab led 42-19. Two free throws by Shaylee with a minute left in the third extended the Cowgirl lead to 53-24. San Juan hit two baskets in the final minute to get within 53-28 heading into the fourth frame.

Kanab kept the onslaught going with two more Aliesha treys in the first two minutes to lead by 31 points, 59-28. A three point play from Kaitlin, and yet another three from Aliesha, and Kanab led 72-35 with 1:40 left to play. It was a dominating performance by the Cowgirls.

Shaylee scored 21 points, grabbed 11 boards and dished out 10 assists for her triple. Kaitlin pumped in 17 points and collared 16 caroms for her double, and Aliesha ended up with 18 points, all coming from beyond the arc in the relentless Cowgirl attack.

With the victory Kanab faces South Summit, the #2 seed from region 16. The game will tip off at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield. You can catch the game on the radio on Manti radio station KMGR 102.7 or you can watch it online at uhsaa.org.

Coach Houston scouted the South Summit/Maeser Prep game before the Cowgirls hit the floor. Houston noted,“South Summit is a senior-dominated squad. They are good and they play hard, but I believe our girls can pressure them and cause some turnovers. If we can capitalize on those turnovers, we should be in great shape.”

If Kanab can get by South Summit, they will face the North Sevier/Summit Academy winner at 12:50 p.m. on Friday.

In other 2A tournament action, South Summit beat Maeser Prep 57-39, Delta toppled South Sevier 43-29, Manti defeated Waterford 46-36, Millard edged Emery 61-59 in OT, North Sevier was 10 better than Enterprise 56-46, North Summit clobbered Rowland Hall 72-24, and Summit Academy conquered Layton Christian 54-40.