North Sanpete Hawks open
season with 74-34 victory
By James Tilson
Nov. 30, 2017
MT. PLEASANT—The North Sanpete boys basketball team opened the season with a dominating win over North Sevier High School by a score of 74-34 on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the North Sanpete High School gym.
Seniors Jalen Sorensen and Spencer Steadman led all scorers with 20 points apiece, providing more than half of all the scoring for the Hawks. Both players were instrumental in the Hawks’ victory, but they went about their games in different ways.
Sorensen made his impact early and continued throughout the game, with a pesky defensive presence that confounded the North Sevier Timberwolves’ attempts to set up their offense.
All throughout the first half, the Timberwolves tried to find an open man for a shot or tried to throw a pass to someone in the right position but could never figure out the Hawks’ defense.
In the second half, Sorensen turned up the pressure even more, making steal after steal before the Timberwolves could even set up an offense.
Steadman picked up from where he left off last year as the leading scorer on last year’s team, especially as a long-range marksman with the three-point shot.
In this game, Steadman started a little slow in the first half, only hitting two field goals from the field and missing his only three-point attempt.
Yet in the second half, he heated up, making two of three from two-point range and three for three from long range to finish up with 20 points.
When Steadman made three three-pointers in a row, he put the game out of reach for the Timberwolves and brought the home crowd to a roar.
Senior Ignacio Vasquez was also a strong contributor to the victory. He scored in double-digits with 10 points, and he also provided a strong defensive effort under the basket against the Timberwolves.
The Hawks’ next three games will be today at home against South Summit High School with tip-off at 6:30 p.m., on Friday at home against North Summit High School with tip-off at 5 p.m. and on Saturday against Hunter High School in the Bear River Winter Classic in West Valley at 1 p.m.