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North And South Summit Basketball Ready For State Tournament

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Both boys’ and girls’ basketball teams for North and South Summit High Schools will begin their state tournament this weekend.

The South Summit girls’ team will be the first to play on Friday at Orem high at noon. The wildcats who have nine wins on the year and fifteen losses will play Richfield who sport a 13-9 record.

The North Summit Girls team will play next on Friday at 2:00 pm at Snow College campus in Ephraim, Utah. North Summit won the region 16 title and had a record of 21 wins with one loss. They’ll play an opponent with a losing record to open up the tournament.

The lady braves dropped one game this year to Emery, who is the favorite to win the title in the 3A division. Coach Jerre Holmes said that they know they’re highly favored in this weekend’s play-in game, but he says they’re preparing just as they would any other week.

“A lot of our practice revolves around getting ourselves better," Coach Holmes explained. "So it doesn’t matter when we’re playing Rockwell this week or Millard at the first day of the state tournament next week. There are things that we need to do to get better ourselves and they both fit as far as what we’re going to do against Rockwell this week and our Thursday game next week. So, it’s kind of a balancing act knowing that we’re preparing for the whole tournament and not just one team.”

The lady braves will be led by Kennady McQueen. The junior has verbally committed to play for the University of Utah after she graduates.

On Saturday South Summit’s boys’ team will play at 8:00 at Orem high. The Wildcats finished the year number two in the region with a 15-7 record. Coach Dusty Hatch notes that one of those loses came to the opponent they play in the first round, Emery.

“When we played them back in December it was our fourth game in six nights," Coach Hatch said. So, we didn’t really have a chance to prepare for them as far as practicing, doing a lot of scouting, game film study that sort of thing. This time we’re hoping to be a little better prepared. They’re a really good team, I was surprised that they ended up in 4th place in their region. It’ll be an interesting game to see what style of basketball prevails because we’re more of a pound it inside, get easy buckets at the rim and they’re more of a space you out, shoot three’s that sort of team.”

The wildcats have seven seniors and are led by Kael Atkinson

North Summit boys’ team will play at 8:40 on Snow College’s campus. The Braves have a record of 12-10 and finished second in the region they’ll play an 8-12 team from North Sevier.

Any team that wins this weekend will advance to the quarterfinals of the state tournament all taking place over next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

KPCW reporter David Boyle covers all things in the Heber Valley as well as sports and breaking news.
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