The first games of the Utah 4A state tournament are in the books on the girl’s side of the bracket.

It was full of lopsided games, as most first rounds typically are.

Only one game finished within single digits, with #14 Provo edging out #19 Pine View by 1 point.

The only true upset came in the form of #17 Crimson Cliffs blasting #16 Tooele, 53-24. And that’s if you consider a 1 seed differential an upset.

Other than that, you can count the first round for being mostly on par for expectations.

For us in region 9 country, three teams were on bye (#2 Snow Canyon, #3 Cedar, #8 Hurricane), and three of the four squads in action are advancing to Thursday night.

Here are your top three scorers from region 9 in the first set of playoff action:


The #9 Lady Flyers welcomed in #24 Park City, and kicked off their tournament run with an emphatic 53-16 victory.

Kealah Faumuina did the heavy lifting by notching a dominant 27 points.

Faumuina scored 11 more points than the entirety of the Lady Miners, and if you combine every other Dixie player that scored (7 total) they would still be a point shy of Kealah.

For Faumuina, she has no games this season with single digit scoring. She gets buckets and does so at a high level. This 27-point showing is her 10th performance this season in the twenties.

Dixie now prepares for an epic rematch with #8 Hurricane out in H-town.

Dixie split the season series 1-1 with Hurricane, with both teams gaining road wins.

Faumuina put up 14 points in both of those games, whereas the Lady Tigers were paced by Addison Crandall who had 19 in the two games together.


Desert Hills nabbed the #13 seed and a matchup with #20 Uintah to begin the tournament.

4 Lady Thunder players scored 8 or more points for a balanced attack against Uintah’s defense leading to a 58-21 win.

Behind a 21-2 2nd quarter advantage, Hannah Heaton would end the game as the leading scorer on both sides.

With 14 points netted, Heaton has now scored in double digits for the third consecutive contest, including a 20-point gem at Dixie.

In 14 appearances this year, Hannah has hit double digit scoring 10 times.

The Lady Thunder will now take their talents up north to take on the #4 Cottonwood Lady Colts.


Having to hit the road to begin your postseason adventure can be quite the challenge.

For the #17 Crimson Cliffs Lady Mustangs, it was hardly an issue.

Up north in Tooele, CCHS waltzed to a 53-24 stomp down of the Lady Buffaloes behind a very balanced offensive attack.

The Lady Stangs saw 5 players with 7 or more points, while the defense held Tooele to 6 points per quarter on average.

Alyssa Whittaker would finish as the leading scorer with 11 points and one deep ball.

It’s the 8th time this year she’s landed in double digits and her 10th game with at least one three pointer.

Crimson Cliffs will travel from Tooele County to Cache Valley for a daunting challenge with #1 Ridgeline waiting in the wings.


-Statistics sourced from Deseret News and MaxPreps. No stats available for the Provo-Pine View game.

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