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High school basketball: Top 10 prep basketball playoff games of 2014 (10 items)

By , Deseret News

March 10, 2014

The final three weeks of the high school basketball season were a wild ride for those involved. There were upsets galore sprinkled throughout the 10 state tournaments across the state. When it was all said and done, only four of the 10 teams ranked No. 1 heading into the playoffs went on to win state titles — down two from last year. The five state champions on the girls side were Fremont (5A), Springville (4A), Desert Hills (3A), Enterprise (2A) and Panguitch (1A). Springville was the only repeat winner. The boys state champions were Lone Peak (5A), Bountiful (4A), Morgan (3A), Wasatch Academy (2A) and Monticello (1A). Lone Peak, Morgan and Wasatch Academy were repeat winners. It took 164 playoff games to crown the 10 champions, and here are the Deseret News’ picks for the 10 best playoff games.

1 of 10. 10. 4A girls championship

Springville 42, Skyline 40

In this well-played 4A championship game, Springville survived for its second-straight title in a game decided dramatically at the free-throw line. Springville’s Savannah Park came up huge, giving her team a 42-40 lead with 2.6 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws. The Red Devils, however, fouled Skyline on the ensuing inbounds pass giving the Eagles a one-and-one opportunity to tie the game. They missed the front end though, and the Red Devils stormed the court in celebration of their very unlikely title. Park led Springville with 15 points, and said she made the winning free throw for her injured younger sister, Bailey, who tore her ACL earlier this season.

2 of 10. 9. 4A boys first round

Mountain View 56, Logan 53 (OT)

Wyatt Allred’s initial reaction when he realized he needed to take the last shot was, ‘Crap.’ He was open, though, and time was running out in overtime, so the reserve player let fly. His 3-pointer put Mountain View ahead 56-53 with 2.3 seconds remaining and Logan didn’t call a timeout fast enough as time expired on the 4A first-round nightcap at the Huntsman Center. The Bruins led comfortably 45-36 with five minutes left in regulation, but Logan came storming back to force overtime. Mountain View had a chance to win it in regulation with two free throws with 5.9 seconds remaining, but only made 1 of 2.

3 of 10. 8. 1A boys quarterfinal

Monticello 45, Piute 42

Two nights before Monticello won its first state championship in 20 years, Monticello senior Dillon Maughan buried a 3-pointer that Buckaroo faithful won’t soon forget. With the game tied 42-42 and overtime looming, Maughan caught a kick-out pass from Austin Maloy and buried a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to cap a fantastic back-and-forth quarterfinal game. The 3-pointer was Maughan’s fourth of the game as he finished with 14 points.

4 of 10. 7. 3A boys semifinal

Cedar 63, Snow Canyon 51 (OT)

In a fantastic atmosphere at Southern Utah University, Cedar advanced to its first state championship in gut-wrenching fashion. After leading by small margins virtually the entire second half, Cedar dodged a major scare at the end of regulation when Snow Canyon missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Those 40 seconds that Snow Canyon held the ball to play for the last shot were agonizing for coach Craig Cardon and his team. The overtime wasn’t nearly as stressful as Dustin Staggs and Kordan Nielson came up big for Cedar, while Snow Canyon turned it over four straight times during the decisive stretch.

5 of 10. 6. 5A girls quarterfinal

Alta 50, Riverton 47

Undefeated and No. 1 Riverton survived a first-round scare from Viewmont, but it couldn’t escape Alta’s quarterfinal upset bid. Alta played a near perfect game to frustrate Riverton — ranked No. 20 nationally according to USA Today — for the big upset. With the game tied at 47-47, Alta made 3 of 4 free three throws in the final 39 seconds while Riverton struggled in the clutch with two missed jumpers and two missed free throws. Rachel McDonald led Alta with 18 points and seven rebounds.
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West Jordan, Utah,
March 14, 2014

Copper Hills loss definitly ranks near the top.