CEDAR CITY — The Ridgeline RiverHawks outlasted the Uintah Utes 56-40 in the 4A girls basketball state semifinals at Southern Utah University Friday afternoon.
Ridgeline built an early 10-point lead in the first quarter, thanks in part to three 3-pointers by sophomore guard Haley Anderson, who made 11 of her game-high 17 points during the period.
The RiverHawks led 22-12 after one quarter and 29-20 at the halftime break.
However, Uintah, which had upset Bonneville by one point the night before, staged a comeback and managed to close the gap to as little as four points before Ridgeline was able to pull away again.
Ridgeline’s top three scorers accounted for 43 of the team’s total points, led by Anderson’s 17 points and 13 each by Halle Livingston and Brayli Jenks. Jenks and Anderson each made three 3-pointers, and Livingston, the team’s only starting senior, grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
In contrast, all five of Uintah’s starters are seniors. Guard Kaitlyn Callahan led the Lady Utes with 16 points, while her twin sister Kassidy added 6. Madi Foster contributed 15 points for Uintah.
Ridgeline’s opponent in Saturday’s 4A state championship game will be the Cedar Lady Reds, who defeated Lehi 53-43 in the other semifinal game earlier on Friday afternoon. Cedar’s record is an unblemished 24-0 so far this season.
Jeff Richards is a reporter for stgeorgenews.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org