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First trip, first trophy.
The St. Joseph Jayhawks made good on their school's first trip to a title game by holding off a Rich fourth-quarter rally to win the 1A girls' basketball title 45-34 Saturday at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.
The Rebels, who earlier this season humbled the Jayhawks 58-21, were in unfamiliar territory, playing from behind for most of the game. Rich got within striking distance with just less than a minute to go in the game when Courtney Lamborn hit a short jumper that pulled Rich to within five at 39-34.
However, some big St. Joseph rebounds, combined with more excellent foul shooting the Jayhawks were 14-for-14 on the night sealed Rich's fate.
Though Jayhawks head coach Joe Cravens has had his share of big moments, he said winning a championship is the same, no matter the age or ability of the players.
"Any time you win a championship of that magnitude I don't care where you're at or what level it's great," said Cravens, whose team had seemed to play better with every tournament game. "To win tonight the way we did, and to win this whole week, was a great tribute to the girls buying in and believing. ... [Rich] is a team that three weeks ago had us down 35-6 at halftime. ... It's a great win for the school and for our community. I'm real proud of the girls."
St. Joseph was led by tournament MVP Katie Berry, who had a game-high 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Katie Panushka was just behind her, scoring 18.
Lamborn led the Rebels with 17 points, including one 3-pointer, in Rich's third loss of the season.
Wayne 62, Piute 49 • A valiant third-quarter effort by the Piute Thunderbirds was not enough as Wayne got its 20th win of the season.
Panguitch 41, Green River 27 • The Panguitch defense limited the Green River Pirates to just two points in the final quarter.
Bryce Valley 54, Milford 44 • The Bryce Valley Mustangs clinched their first-ever 20-win season, as well as a sixth-place finish, holding off a fourth-quarter rally by Milford. It was an extra special win for the Mustangs as they dedicated their season to Steve Pollock, father of team member Makelle Pollock. Steve is suffering from pancreatic cancer. Makelle scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Teammates Shelby Cornforth (15 points) and Whitni Syrett (11) were also in double figures. Milford was led by Shyla Sherwood, who scored a game-high 16, including two treys. The Tigers earned eighth place with their finish in the tournament.