After taking Beaver to the final seconds of the championship game last year before falling, the Lady Cowboys of Kanab came back with a strong performance at the 2A State Basketball Tournament last weekend.

The girls hammered Duchesne in their first game on Thursday, 44-25. A slow first quarter had Kanab in the lead, 8-4. The Lady Cowboys kicked it into high gear in the second stanza, pouring in 19 points, to lead 27-8 at the half. Game over. The second half saw each team score 17 points, with the final score, 44-25.

Rylee Anderson played a solid game and led Kanab with 14 points. Brinley Cornell netted 11, with Baylee Ramsay adding eight, all coming in the first half.

The victory put Kanab into the semi-finals against North Summit for the third straight year. The Lady Cowboys knocked the Lady Braves off the last two years. North Summit came into the game with a 20-1 record as the #1 seed. Kanab was the #4 seed.

The game was close all the way...for three and a half quarters anyway. Kanab led 17-16 at the half, and the Lady Braves led by one, 28-27, heading into the final period.

The North Summit lead stayed between one and four points for the first half of the fourth frame. With 4:10 left in the game, a Riley Anderson 10 footer made the score, 32-31, and Kanab was only down one point. That’s when the wheels fell off. The Lady Braves went on a 12-0 run to lead 44-31. Two Brinley Cornell free throws with :41 left broke the streak, but Kanab still trailed, 44-33. A Grayce Glover three at the buzzer made the final score 44-36.

Cornell hit for 17 points to lead the Lady Cowboys. Baylee Ramsay, Grayce Glover and Riley Anderson each chipped in with six points.

Kennady McQueen, a University of Utah recruit and four year starter for North Summit, led the Lady Braves with 19 points. Kanab held her to two points in the first period, but she ended up with 11 in the second half. She also had seven steals in the game

With the loss, Kanab faced Wasatch Academy for third place.

The Lady Cowboys started off Saturday’s game red hot, exploding for 18 points in the first quarter, to lead by five. They went from red hot to ice cold in the second frame, only scoring three points. But thankfully Wasatch only put in eight points and the game was tied at the break, 21-21.

Kanab outscored the #3 ranked team in the state 12-9 in the third, to take a 33-30 lead heading into the final period. The Lady Cowboys held on in the fourth frame, scoring another 12 points, while holding Wasatch to 10, to get the victory, 45-40.

Two seniors, Brinley Cornell and Baylee Ramsay, scorched the nets for 17 and 14 points, respectively. Cornell swished five from downtown, while Ramsay hit four from beyond the arc, as Kanab recored 11 three-pointers. Wasatch made three more field goals than Kanab, but the treys were the difference.

Millard, the #2 seed, ended up edging North Summit 77-75 to win the title.