Lady Badgers basketball team starts season strong, contending in Region 18


Lady Badgers basketball team starts season strong,

contending in Region 18


By Matt Harris

Staff writer



EPHRAIM—A solid start to conference play has the Snow College women’s basketball team looking like a contender in the Region 18 race.

The Lady Badgers went 2-1 last week in three straight Region 18 games, opening up conference play with a dominating victory over Southern Nevada, 81-44, last Tuesday in what was Southern Nevada’s first game of the season due to pandemic cancellations.

Snow followed up their win with a solid effort against a tough Utah-State Eastern team last Thursday, but trailed throughout in a 60-51 loss to the Lady Eagles.

The Lady Badgers then won decisively in a road contest against Colorado Northwestern, 82-59, last Saturday. Snow has not lost a game to Colorado Northwestern since 2013.

Freshman Japrix Weaver, the leading scorer for the Lady Badgers this season, continued her star effort and notched a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds against Southern Nevada. Weaver also had outings of 11 points against USU-Eastern and 19 points against CNCC, leading the team in scoring all three games.

Against Southern Nevada, Grantsville native freshman Ashlee Edwards poured in a career-high 20 points to back up Weaver.

While the Lady Badgers jumped early on the Coyotes and Spartans, their matchup with USU-Eastern saw Snow as the early-game punching bag as they went down 15-6 in the first quarter.

With 2:25 left in the second quarter, the Eagles had pushed their lead to 18 points, 27-9, and the Lady Badgers pushed back a bit to go into halftime down 30-15 and shooting 25 percent from the field, while only hitting 1-4 on free throws.

Out of the break, Snow came with energy anew and clamped down on defense. Initially, USU-Eastern pushed the lead to 36-19, but Snow then responded with a 12-3 run over the next 4:16 of the third quarter. Slowly chipping away at the lead, the Lady Badgers got within six points going into the fourth, shooting 56 percent from the field for the quarter.

A layup from Edwards two minutes into the fourth quarter made it a one-possession game for the first time since the opening minutes, but the Lady Eagles responded immediately with a three-pointer. Snow never got close enough again.

USU-Eastern’s 3-point shooting, 7-22 overall, proved the difference-maker as they moved to 7-3 on the season.

The Lady Badgers 7-2 overall record is garnering national consideration as they received Top 25 votes by the NJCAA voters last week. Snow will have a tough stretch this week as they host Southern Idaho this coming Thursday, followed by a home matchup with undefeated No. 14 SLCC.