RICHFIELD — North Sevier and Summit Academy met in the 2A girls’ semifinals and were even matched all the way till the end of the game.
The Wolves pulled off a 37-35 win over the Bears to move on to the 2A state championship. Summit Academy decided to use a stalling tactic to slow down North Sevier. The Wolves used an opposite tactic and attacked the Bears defense.
“If they wanted to shorten the game, I have a lot of confidence in my players that we can play a shorter game,” North Sevier coach Lexa Larsen said. “It definitely was ugly, it wasn’t great but we finished.”
A star player for North Sevier is junior Peyton Torgerson. Uncharacteristically, Torgerson had a slow night. Torgerson went 0 for 6 in the first half and had only one point off a free throw.
“Peyton had a really tough game,” Larsen said. “Credit to their defense, because they did a great job on her.”
Summit Academy’s main threat was senior Baylee Leiter. Leiter racked up 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds. The Wolves defense was having a difficult time with Leiter down low on the post, and occasionally she would step out and hit a shot beyond the arch.
The second half was better from North Sevier. The team managed to score 22 points in the second half, a better showing than its 15-point first half. A 3-pointer from junior Jakel Quarnberg gave a lot of momentum to the Wolves in the second half as well.
“Jakel hasn’t made a whole bunch of 3-pointers this season,” Larsen said. “But, I felt like it was a good shot. I felt good about it as soon as it left her hand.”
Both sides went back-and-forth until only twenty seconds remained on the clock. The Wolves had the ball in their hands and gave it to Torgerson, who was fouled and sent to the line. Despite having an off night offensively she knocked down both clutch free throws.
“I know that I practiced all those years for that moment,” Torgerson said. “And I knew I wouldn’t miss. Especially with my team counting on me, I couldn’t miss.”
With the win, North Sevier moves on to the final where it will face Delta. The Rabbits got the better of the Wolves the first time they met this season. The final will be played on Saturday at Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.