ST. GEORGE — Snow Canyon extended its Region 9 girls basketball lead Tuesday night with a 58-41 win over Desert Hills, and three teams now sit at 3-3 in the pack behind the Warriors.

The win ups the Warriors’ overall record to 15-1 and region mark to 6-0. The Thunder dropped to 6-8 and 3-3.

Meanwhile, second-place Cedar edged Dixie 53-50 to improve to 12-4 and 4-2 while the Flyers dropped to 8-9 and 3-3. Hurricane upped its overall record to 10-8 and 3-3 with a 47-41 win over Pine View, which dropped to 4-13 and 2-4.

Crimson Cliffs (4-12, 0-6) had a bye.

Snow Canyon 58, Desert Hills 41

The Warriors cruised to their 22nd consecutive victory in region play behind 30 points from star junior Olivia Hamlin.

“These girls thrive off of pushing the ball, and they’re winners. They’re just competitors, all of them down the bench,” Snow Canyon coach Sue Hoskins told St. George News after the win.

“They like winning, they see the floor well, they give up the ball for a better shot,” Hoskins added. “They’re just winners.”

Hamlin made it look easy in the first quarter, scoring on a variety of close-in looks that produced easy baskets. She poured in 14 that quarter alone and had 20 points by halftime.

But she wasn’t alone as fellow juniors Joey Jensen (11 points) and Kelly Howard (three 3-pointers, 10 points) contributed to Snow Canyon’s win.

“That junior group has been playing together since they were fifth-graders,” Hoskins said. “They trust, they can see each other and they just want to compete. They just love the game.”

Desert Hills stayed in the game early after Tess Peterson and Ashtin Hansen each scored five first-half points to cut Snow Canyon’s lead to 26-23 at the intermission.

But the Warriors put the game away with a convincing 14-5 performance in the third quarter.

“Told the girls not to panic at halftime,” Hoskins said. “They were rushing their shots just a little bit. I told them to be calm. We had zero turnovers in the third quarter. Our defense stepped up.”

The Warriors held all the Thunder shooters below double-digit scoring. Peterson and Hansen led the way for the home team with eight points apiece.

Mylee Villanueva chipped in with seven points for the Thunder’s cause.

The Warriors know they can’t let their guard down in a single game.

“I told them at the beginning of the season, we have a target on our back, especially in region,” Hoskins said. “People want to get us every night. They throw stuff at us, anybody can get us on any given night. So we got to be ready to play.”

Region 9 girls basketball standings

Snow Canyon (15-1, 6-0)
Cedar (12-4, 4-2)
Hurricane (10-7, 3-3)
Dixie (8-9, 3-3)
Desert Hills (6-8, 3-3)
Pine View (4-13, 2-4)
Crimson Cliffs (4-12, 0-6)

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