Strong first and fourth quarters was more than enough for the Riverhawks to prevail in their home opener.
Ridgeline jumped out to a 17-4 lead and then outscored Viewmont 20-7 in the fourth quarter en route to a gratifying 56-41 triumph over the Vikings in a non-region girls basketball game Wednesday in Millville. It was a good win over a team that advanced to the 5A quarterfinals last season.
“I always respect Viewmont,” Ridgeline head coach Ainsli Jenks said. “I think coach (Clint) Straatman is a really good coach and always has his girls ready to play; they always play hard. But it’s a great win for us. The girls played hard, played good team basketball. And even when they would go on a run, we would kind of answer.”
The duo of Emma Anderson and Haley Anderson came up big for the Riverhawks (2-0). Emma Anderson recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Haley Anderson contributed 16 points, four steals and four assists. Haley Anderson knocked down four 3-pointers.
Halle Livington, Sarah Litchford and Brayli Jenks combined to score 23 points for Ridgeline.
The Sky View (0-3) girls were also at home Wednesday and tested defending 6A champion Fremont before falling, 47-34. The Bobcats only trailed by two points, 18-16, at the half.
Sky View head coach Vanessa Hall was very pleased with the performance of Audrey Jorgensen, who netted a team-high 13 points. Hall also felt her team played well defensively, but ultimately had a difficult time contending with Fremont’s 6-foot-4 and 6-3 post players.
“They’re a solid team and they’re well-coached,” Hall said. “... I thought we played really well. I know the score (shows) we lost by 13, but at halftime we’re only down by two. We led that first half. The third quarter, their posts kind of went to work and our girls, we’ve got to get stronger, we’ve got to get more physical. But it’s hard to play against that kind of height.”
Prep boys hoops
Green Canyon used a balanced team effort to beat Judge Memorial, 70-62, in its home and season opener. The Wolves outscored the Bulldogs 24-15 in the final quarter.
Carter Berish led five Green Canyon players in double figures with 19 points — 12 from beyond the arc. Kasen Holbrook scored 14 points, followed by McKay Yorgason (13), Dewey Panter (11) and Nate Corry (10).
The Wolves drained 10 3-balls against the Bulldogs (1-1).
It was also a successful Wednesday for Preston and West Side, which prevailed on the road to kick off the 2018-19 season for both teams.
Preston, the three-time defending 4A champions in the Gem State, jumped out to a 33-14 halftime lead and never looked back in a 54-36 triumph over Shelley. The Indians, who graduated their entire starting lineup from a season ago, outscored the Russets 14-2 in the second quarter.
Nine different Preston players scored, led by Scott Dunn’s 12 points. Luke Smellie added eight points and five assists, while West Side transfer Cooper Hobson scored seven points. Dunn finished with a team-high six rebounds.
“We just want to keep getting better,” said Preston head coach Tyler Jones, who was pleased with his team’s play in transition. “You know, it was the first varsity game for a lot of these guys, so we’ve got a lot of work to do. ... But I thought our defense was good tonight and hopefully we can get better. We don’t have much time to rest. We play at Elko tomorrow against Reno High School.”
West Side rallied past Grace, 69-65, in a wild game. The Pirates were outscored by 11 points in the second quarter and didn’t retake the lead until their were three minutes left in the contest. The Grizzlies took a 41-33 advantage into halftime.
The Pirates were clutch from the free throw line as they converted on 22 of 26 freebies. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies struggled mightily in that facet of the game as they went 8 for 24.
“Well, it was great,” WS head coach Tyler Brown said of his team’s foul shooting. “That was one of our strong points was our free throws. Any time you can shoot 85 percent from the line, that’s very good for a high school team. That’s what won us the game was we hit ours, and Grace didn’t hit theirs. That was a big difference right there.”
Dillon Robinson was red hot from the perimeter for the Pirates as he sank five 3-balls en route to a game-best 23 points. Stockton Brown went 8 for 8 from the free throw line and netted 15 points for West Side, which got 14 points from Ryan Beckstead and 12 from Isaac Frankman. Frankman buried 8 of 10 FTs.