Lady Spartans head to state: Great games lead teams to E Center for state tourney
Lady Spartans advance in 3-A play-offs
Against the Uintah Utes last Saturday night, the Emery High Lady Spartans did what they had to do and won their opening round play-off game 61-34.
Emery Coach Steven Gordon after the game, "We needed to stop fouling them in the first half. We were a little slow on defense and I told them that at the half. We also were getting beat on the boards."
Emery could sense the game was over soon after it started as Uintah appeared to be over matched and proceeded to take care of business. Emery won the opening quarter 14-5 as ShiAnne Allred shot the ball well and scored seven points to lead the team.
In the second quarter, Emery took a 20-6 lead and then free throws kept Uintah close as they made 11 of 16 in the first half and actually outscored Emery 12-10 over the last 6:28 of the half.
Emery started the third quarter on a 9-0 run and won the period 22-4 to lead after three quarters 52-22. Frankie Komar hit three straight 3-point shots and scored 11 points in the period to pace the team's offensive effort. Jodi Robertson added a pair of threes as the Spartans romped.
In the final period, Emery's JV team wrapped up the ball game and the Spartans now advance to a Thursday game at the E Center in West Valley against Morgan High School at 7:30 p.m.
Frankie Komar finished the game with 16 points, four assists, two steals and two rebounds. Also in double figures for the team was ShiAnne Allred with 10 points. ShiAnne also had four steals and two rebounds as the senior had a solid ball game.
Abbie Kay finished with nine points but had to sit a lot of the first half after she picked up her third personal foul early on. Abbie also had a steal and three blocked shots.
Tiffany Tuttle shot the ball well as she came off the bench and played valuable minutes. Tiffany scored eight points, had two steals, one blocked shot and one rebound.
Jodi Robertson and Taylor Mann each scored six points in the game. Besides scoring, Jodi also defends the opponents best offensive player. Jodi also had three assists, three steals and four rebounds. Taylor is the tallest Emery player and shoots the ball well inside with a good touch. Taylor had four rebounds in the game.
Jessica Murray and Tayler Jewkes each scored three points in the game. Jessica is a sophomore starter and shoots well from outside. Jessica had four assists in the game, three steals and three rebounds. Tayler hit a 3-pointer to close out the game.
Emery had 24 field goals in the game and held Uintah to only eight field goals. Emery was three for five at the free throw line while Uintah finished 14 for 24. Abbie shot all of Emery's free throws.
Coach Gordon looking ahead, "We need to play one game at a time but I feel that we can play with anybody. We should be OK next week if we just do what we have been doing."