The undefeated Lady Red Devils had to fight for their 42-36 victory over the Timpanogos Timberwolves in last Saturday’s championship game at SLCC. Springville’s victory was their first girls state basketball title since 1990 and ended their perfect 23-0 season. The Lady Red Devils were back with a mission after losing in the state finals last year ultimately taking 2nd in state. The girls wanting nothing less than first this year.
"This year our team has been battle-tested," said Springville coach Nancy Warner. "We were able to take it one game at a time and get through it. The girls showed what kind of team they are. The biggest thing was how they worked together."
Early in the game, Timpangoes was up 20-10. After the first quarter, Springville changed their defensive approach to overcome the T-wolves strong center, Morgan Baily, and defensive double-teaming.
Lexi Eaton, tournament MVP, came out on top with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists. However, it was a total team effort that gave Springville the win relying heavily on their defense to clench the title.
"Their team defense is awesome," Warner said of her players. "Offense can win games, but defense wins championships."
Eaton shot 14-for-16 from the free-throw line, and the Red Devils were 17-for-19 overall. Eaton put the game away with free throws. Springville shot just 22.6 percent from the field.
Sadie Clements, starter, said, “My senior year couldn’t have ended a better way. It feels so great to work so hard and finally achieve all that you have been working for. This team is great, I have never had a better team. There is so much team chemistry, and I don’t think I will ever find another team like it. Winning the state championship is the perfect cap to a perfect season.”
Photos by Mark Spencer
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