By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
The Cedar Lady Reds were able to keep pace with the Salem Hills Skyhawks throughout the first half of their matchup in the 4A girls basketball state quarterfinals. When the second half began, the 4A pre-tournament favorites found their shooting touch and advanced to the next round.
Lauren Gustin had another double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds, and Salem Hills hit two 3-pointers in a third-quarter run that led to a 58-48 victory over Cedar on March 1 at the UCCU Center in Orem. The Skyhawks improved to 22-1 on the season.
Cedar had to play without the services of leading scorer Japrix Weaver and reserve Emma Brower, who both suffered injuries in practice Feb. 27. Despite the setback, the Lady Reds were able to stay close and trailed only 25-23 at the half.
When Salem Hills opened the third quarter with a 7-2 run, they were able to extend the advantage the rest of the way. The Skyhawks led 42-32 after three and built the margin to as much as 13 in the fourth quarter.
Playing in their final games for the Lady Reds, seniors Carley Davis and Dream Weaver finished with double-figure scoring efforts. Davis led the way with 13 points and six rebounds to go with three 3-pointers, and Weaver added a double-double of 10 points and 12 boards.
Cedar finished its first season under head coach Corry Nielson with an 18-5 overall record.