Ogden • A first-round loss in the Class 5A state boys’ basketball tournament wasn’t exactly the way Jordan had hoped this season would end.
The Beetdiggers’ 51-47 loss Monday to American Fork marked a bitter end to what they had hoped would be a promising season. With a roster that included eight seniors, a 17-7 record, third-place finish in Region 3 and a first-round playoff exit fell short of preseason expectations.
"We always hoped for more, obviously," senior point guard Chandler Smith said. "A lot of people didn’t think we’d make it this far. We exceeded everyone else’s expectations, but we still think we are one of the best teams out here."
Senior center Brandon Pasker ended his career with a quiet stat line — seven points on 2-of-7 shooting and seven rebounds. Pasker averaged more than 18 points in the regular season.
Jordan struggled all year with a lack of size — only Pasker and senior Adam Jorgenson were listed taller than 6 foot 3.
"It makes it difficult for sure," Smith said. "But we had a team bond that I don’t think anyone else had. That allowed us to be where we are."
Jensen leaves Alta
Kristi Jensen announced last week she is leaving after nine seasons as the Hawks’ girls’ basketball coach and 13 years overall at the school.
Jensen’s husband, Scott, accepted a job in Logan in the fall and has been living and working in Cache Valley all season. Jensen told her players after last week’s state tournament loss to Layton.
Jensen said she will take a break from coaching but hasn’t ruled out returning to the sideline in the future.
"I told my husband I definitely don’t want to be out of it forever," said Jensen, who was an Alta assistant for four years and left to coach the 2003-04 season at Dixie High. "For right now, I’m done. Just with the stress of moving and starting over in a new place. Family comes first, but [coaching] is a close second."
Jensen led the Hawks to the 2011 Class 5A state championship with an upset of previously unbeaten Syracuse in the final. She won back-to-back region titles in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Pleasant Grove’s Michael Grace was a surprise winner of the 285-pound class at the inaugural UHSAA super state meet Saturday at the Maverik Center.
Grace, a senior who lost in the quarterfinals at the state meet, defeated Jordan’s Richard Larsen, the Class 5-A runner-up, 4-3 in the heavyweight final.
Alta had two wrestlers post runner-up finishes at the event, which included wrestlers from all five classifications who placed in the top six at state.
Class 5A champion Matt Findlay lost a 7-6 decision to Dusty Hone in the 126-pound final, and the Hawks’ Greg Lamb lost 3-2 to Maple Mountain’s Johnny O’Hearon at 132 pounds.
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