By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
Early in the second quarter, the Cedar Lady Reds were in an unusual spot. The Canyon View Falcons had momentum on their side, and a big early lead was starting to shrink. Once the Weaver sisters did their thing on the offensive end, Cedar rode the wave to a convincing victory.
Dream Weaver scored 22 points and Japrix Weaver added 18 as the duo helped give the Lady Reds its highest scoring output of the season in a 72-36 rout over the Canyon View Falcons at home Jan. 30. Cedar head coach Corry Nielson said Dream’s effort was a welcome sight after a string of difficult nights.
“This is the first time Dream’s really shot well,” Nielson said. “She hadn’t played as well as she wants to play, but she stays after practice a half-hour, 45 minutes with her sister just to shoot. I knew at some point it was going to come to her and she was going to start getting it. That was tonight.”
Canyon View closed within 18-11 early in the second quarter after a 6-1 run was capped by a 3-pointer from Shelbi Nicoll, but Dream and Japrix keyed a 24-2 run over the rest of the period that gave the Lady Reds a 42-13 lead at the break and left no doubt about the outcome in the second half.
The margin would stretch to as much as 44 points after a three-point play from Brooke Shoop early in the fourth quarter, and Nielson would empty his bench the rest of the way.
“Our team is still improving and getting better,” Nielson said. “We have to keep doing that every week, and our whole goal has been to win region. We have a chance now.”
Freshman Logann Laws added 10 points for the Lady Reds, who hit 26 of 32 free throws in the victory. Addie Newman was the only player in double figures for the Falcons as she finished with 10 points.
Cedar moved into sole possession of first place in the Region 9 standings two nights later as they used a 16-2 third-quarter burst to break the game open and beat Snow Canyon, 56-39. Japrix Weaver led the Lady Reds with 20 and Dream added 11 as Cedar improved to 7-2 in region play.
Cedar leads Pine View by a game after the Panthers dropped a 47-41 decision to Hurricane. The Lady Reds were idle Tuesday and will host Pine View on Thursday with a chance to clinch the title for themselves.
Canyon View broke a seven-game losing streak in its other outing of the week Feb. 1 with a 49-46 road victory at Dixie. Junior Jordan Nielson led three Falcon players in double figures with 15 points, while Bryn Banks added 12 and Brielle Fullmer chipped in with 11.
CV enjoyed a 36-19 edge in free-throw attempts and outscored Dixie at the line by a 20-9 count. They improved to 2-7 in region play and welcomed Snow Canyon to the Nest for a game Tuesday that was too late for press deadline.
CEDAR 72, CANYON VIEW 36
Canyon View 5 8 10 13 — 36
Cedar 16 26 20 10 — 72
Canyon View – Johnson 4, Nielson 5, Nicoll 4, Melton 4, B. Banks 2, Fullmer 3, A. Banks 4, Newman 10. Totals 10 15-24 36. 3-pointers – Nicoll 1.
Cedar – D. Weaver 22, J. Weaver 18, Laws 10, Williams 2, Oldroyd 2, Davis 7, Fielding 4, Henkel 2. Totals 21 26-32 72. 3-pointers – D. Weaver 2, J. Weaver 1, Davis 1.