The Rich High School girls’ basketball team continued to roll over the weekend, adding to their current win streak with impressive wins on the road and at home.
The Lady Rebels jumped up a class Friday to take on 2A Duchesne, beating the Lady Eagles on their home floor, 46-38. Rich returned home Saturday for a showdown with Wendover, routing the Lady Wildcats 52-25.
With the wins, the Lady Rebels improve to 9-7 on the season, 3-0 in Region 22 play. Winners of seven of their last eight games, Rich is peaking at the right time.
“I think the girls have really turned the page, and are finding their stride right now,” said Rich head coach Cody Lundgren. “They’re playing very well.”
Now the top team in Region 22, the Lady Rebels kicked off a busy week of region play Thursday, with three games on the docket, including a home-away series against longtime rival Manila to close out the regular season.
“We have ICS [Intermountain Christian] on the road Thursday, then we’ll be home Friday against Manila, then back on the road Saturday at Manila,” Lundgren said. “Hopefully, we can keep the energy up, and keep the ball moving like we have been. It’s cool to see the offense flow, and hopefully, as we see different defenses, it will keep going.”
With the start of the postseason just a week away, Lundgren said his team is right where it needs to be.
“I feel pretty good about what we’re doing here at the end of the regular season,” he said. “The state tournament is a different animal — hopefully, we can keep it rolling. At this point of the season, it’s game-by-game; we have to get ourselves in the right position to have a preferable home playoff game. After that, we’ll look at the bracket, and take it one game at a time.”
Lady Rebels 46,
Rich kicked off the weekend Friday against Class 2A Duchesne (15-7, 9-2), currently the No. 2 team out of Region 16. The Lady Rebels battled back from a one-point halftime deficit to win by eight, 46-38.
“I thought at times we handled their pressure very well, and took care of the ball,” Lundgren said. “I think we only had five or six turnovers in that game, which is exceptional — usually, anything under 15 is a good game. We took care of the ball, and made free throws when we needed to.”
After being outscored by the Lady Rebels 12-9 in the first quarter, Duchesne battled back in the second to take a 25-24 lead at the break.
The second half was all Rich, as the Lady Rebels went on a 13-3 run in the third, then held off a late charge in the fourth by the Lady Eagles for the win.
Rich senior McKina Stacey paced the Lady Rebels with a game-high 17 points; she also grabbed seven rebounds.
“Against Duchesne, McKina got into foul trouble early, so we had to sit her for most of the first half,” Lundgren explained. “I thought the girls picked it up, and when she came back in the game in the second half, she had a lot of energy, ang got going.”
Tayla McKee followed with 13 points, to go along with a team-high four assists.
Sage Tingey pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, to go along with four points, while Makynzee Smith chipped in six points.
“The girls are sharing the ball really well right now, which makes them tough to defend,” Lundgren said. “It’s good to see that, and it’s good to see when they’re having a night where they are struggling to score, they realize they need to help the team in other ways — they do what the team needs them to do.”
Lady Rebels 52,
Against visiting Wendover Saturday, the Lady Rebels started the game on a 17-4 run and never looked back, cruising to a 52-25 win.
Rich did a nice job defensively on Lady Wildcat Leslie Luna — who’s averaging over 20 points a game this season — holding the junior to 11 points in the loss.
“Wendover came to town, and they have a good scorer in Leslie Luna,” Lundgren said. “I thought our girls defensively did a very good job on her — she got a couple of shots to go in, but for the most part, they were right with her.”
Rich led 31-9 at the break, and pushed their lead to 41-13 heading into the final frame. Wendover outscored the Lady Rebels 12-11 in the fourth, but were unable to close the gap.
“Offensively, I thought we moved the ball well, we got good looks,” Lundgren said.
Sage Tingey led the charge for the Lady Rebels, netting 11 points, to go along with five rebounds and four steals. Tayla McKee and Taylee Cornia added eight points apiece, while McKina Stacey and Darleen Petersen chipped in six apiece. Petersen led the team in rebounds, with six; Stacey recorded four steals, and dished off four assists.