Lady Hawks post big win over Manti, after falling to Millard and Morgan
- PLEASANT—The North Sanpete girls basketball team is off to a decent start, and already has one big rivalry win.
The Lady Hawks had two big losses against Millard and Morgan, losing 52-31 and 67-31 last Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, before they got everything together for a huge 40-point win over Manti on Friday.
In the games against Millard and Morgan, it was much of the same storyline both times as the Hawks could generate nothing on offense. Neither game featured a double-digit scorer for North Sanpete, who was led by senior Catherine Lund with eight points against Millard and nine against Morgan.
“We were not prepared to play with the physicality and intensity that both Millard and Morgan brought,” head coach Randi Griffith said.
The Lady Hawks, in need of a good break, got one by flipping the developing script on its head in trashing the rival Templars, 66-26.
In a game that featured immense physicality expected of a rivalry, senior Angela Clayton singlehandedly dominated the Lady Templars, scoring 20 points and snatching a bucket load of steals.
Clayton had a strong supporting cast featuring three other double-digit scorers: Lund, who had 16 points with three three-pointers, sophomore Lexie Olsen with 10 and sophomore Lynzy Flinders with 10.
“We were able to bounce back against Manti because the girls weren’t just going to think they were ready,” Griffith said. “They actually were ready to play our style of basketball no matter how tough it was going to be. The officials made some questionable calls, but the girls were in the right mentality to rise above that.”
The Hawks led at halftime, 44-13.
“Now we just need to bring that mentality to every game the rest of the season,” Griffith said.
On the other end, Manti, despite the blowout, got some production out of their starters. S Senior Leah Howe led with eight points. The Templars are now 1-3 on the season.
With North Sanpete standing at 2-2 on the season, the Lady Hawks played a Tuesday game at Emery. They are hosting rival Delta next Tuesday and will travel to play Gunnison for a cross-county matchup. North Sanpete will then play in the 3A-2A Preview against Kanab and North Sevier next Friday and Saturday, respectively.