Richfield • All you can do is attack, attack and attack some more when you are down by nine points with 6 minutes, 33 seconds to play.
And that's what Piute did to earn a spot in Saturday's 5 p.m. girls' Class 1A state championship game against St. Joseph with a 58-55 win over Layton Christian on Friday.
"We have been working for this game for the whole season, and when we finally got here, we didn't want to lose it," said Kierra Gleave, who finished with 14 points and whose free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter and overall hustle fueled the comeback.
Whitney Westwood's 18 points and Tori Gass' 12 helped Piute overcome a 28-point effort by Layton Christian's Teneshia Davison.
"That's kind of the way we played the whole year," Piute coach Wade Westwood said. "We like to spot a team. I don't know why we do that. Then we finally get rolling. The man-to-man press kind of put us over the top. I think we kind of wore out Layton Christian."
Panguitch 47, Wayne 33 • Taylor Bennett scored 18 points and Darri Frandsen added 15 as the Bobcats earned a chance to play for sixth place against Duchesne at noon Saturday. Rebekah Rasmussen scored 15 for Wayne.
Duchesne 43, Tintic 28 • The Eagles held Tintic scoreless in the first half to earn the right to meet Panguitch for sixth place.
Mashaylee Giles of Duchesne led all scorers with 10 points.
Manila 50, Escalante 41 • Janell Reed scored 19 points while Rebecca Collett added 12 and Emily Catron had 11 as Manila earned the right to meet Milford for fifth place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Lindsey Phillips led the Moquis with 20.
Milford 35, Monticello 22 • Kennedy Netto scored 13 points to lead the Tigers into Saturday's consolation play. Class 1A state title game
Saturday at Sevier Valley Center
5 p.m. • St. Joseph vs. Piute