Once the defense clamped down, the Lady Reds put themselves back on the winning track.
Lindsay Robinson and Carley Davis scored 11 points apiece, and Cedar held Dixie to just two points in the third quarter on the way to a 55-28 rout at the CHS gym. The Lady Reds rebounded from road losses at Pine View and Hurricane and closed the first half of Region 9 play with a 3-2 record.
“It’s all defense. We’ve been preaching that to them,” Cedar head coach John Elison said. “Last week, we gave up 50 to a couple of teams that shouldn’t be scoring 50. At halftime, I told the girls they needed to clamp down on defense, get back, play solid D and make them have to score on us. We did that well and they had a tough time.”
The visiting Flyers had a bit of momentum after scoring the final five points of the second quarter to trim Cedar’s lead to 23-18 at the half. Robinson hit two of her three 3-pointers in an 8-0 run that started the third that pushed the Lady Reds up by 13.
Gaybriell Hendricks helped Dixie avoid being shut out in the period with a jumper in the lane, but Cedar took a 33-20 lead to the fourth and pulled away from there, outscoring the Flyers 22-8 the rest of the way.
“They kept picking off the skip pass from their 2-3 zone, so we had to keep up our intensity on defense,” Robinson said. “We can still do some good in region and we’re in a good spot to make the playoffs.”
Maisie Elison added 10 points for the Lady Reds, all in the first half. Dixie was led by senior Kelsea Barker, who finished with 10 points, six below her season average.
The Lady Reds began the second half of region play Thursday night and dropped a 55-36 decision at Desert Hills. Cedar scored just 11 points in the opening half and couldn’t recover as they fell to 3-3 in Region 9, 12-5 overall.
Davis was the only Lady Reds player in double figures with 10 points in the loss. Ashley Beckstrand – the BYU-bound senior who was held to four points in the first matchup with Cedar – came alive with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor for the Thunder. Jessica Mathis added 10.
CEDAR 55, DIXIE 28
Dixie 6 12 2 8 -- 28
Cedar 13 10 10 22 -- 55
Dixie – Finlinson 2, Bundy 2, Hendricks 2, Schwalger 8, Wallace 4, Barker 10. Totals 11 5-7 28. 3-pointers – Barker 1.
Cedar – D. Weaver 8, T. Elison 2, Robinson 11, Sanders 2, E. Pearson 2, S. Pearson 5, Davis 11, M. Elison 10, Brower 4. Totals 20 11-14 55. 3-pointers – Robinson 3, S. Pearson 1.
Desert Hills 55, Cedar 36