Prep basketball notes: Grieving Tooele boys rise to the challenge
Tooele's Tyler Woodruff was just a freshman, but with his team down two in the final seconds of a tournament game, his coach drew up a play for him.
"I still remember the faith he had in me," Woodruff said about his former coach, John Mahler.
Friday, a day after Mahler was killed in a head-on collision on State Road 112, the Buffaloes took the court against rival Stansbury, donning memorial ribbons and heavy hearts.
Tooele defended well but the team suffered lapses in composure at time. And as the fourth quarter started, the Buffaloes trailed.
Woodruff again was called on to bring his team back. He finished with 27 points, pushing his team to a 46-41 win.
"He gave me some more motivation to play," Woodruff said about his former coach. "It kind of gave me a little boost."
It was a victory Mahler would have been proud of, his player said, but not one that would have surprised him.
"I think he would have said, 'I told you you could do it,' " Woodruff said.
The Race to 2,000
It was another win for South Sevier and another monster night for Race Parsons.
The Southern Utah-bound senior dropped 42 points en route to an 85-72 victory over Emery on Friday.
Parsons already has captured his school's all-time scoring record, a mark previously held by his grandfather, Lynn Parsons. With three games left in the regular season, the younger Parsons has scored 1,870 points in his high school career, according to MaxPreps.com.
To reach 2,000 by the end of the regular season, Parsons would have to average 43.33 ppg.
OT for Ogden Tigers
The Ogden Tigers and Bear River Bears needed extra time to settle things Friday.
Three overtimes later, Ogden walked away with a 70-61 win. The Tigers' Spencer Smith scored 29 points in the victory. Ogden improved to 6-10 and 4-4 in region with the win.
Give me more OT
The Pleasant Grove boys saw their streak of playing in multiple overtime games come to an end Friday.
The Vikings need four overtime sessions to defeat Lehi on Jan. 18 before knocking off American Fork in a two-overtime game Tuesday.
The streak ended when the Vikings fell to host Riverton 71-57 on Friday.
Pleasant Grove and American Fork are tied for second place in Region 4 with 3-2 records. Lone Peak leads the region at 5-0.
Brink of extinction
Payson put its foot on the gas against Carbon on Friday and never let up.
The Lions claimed the biggest margin of victory on the night, beating the Dinos by 50. The final score: 83-33.
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