Despite holding a comfortable double-digit lead at the end of the first half, the Emery Lady Spartans suffered a season-ending 57-55 loss to the San Juan Broncos in the second round of the 3A State Tournament Friday night at the USU Eastern BDAC in Price.
Up 26-13 going into the break, the Lady Spartans were outscored 29-9 in the third quarter. After falling behind by 10 points in the fourth, Emery battled back, but the come-from-behind effort fell just short as senior Hailey Allred missed a 10-foot baseline jumper as time expired.
Allred posted a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds to lead Emery in the loss. Baylie Jacobson and Tambrie Tuttle both scored 12 points, while senior Kiri Cook ended with 11.
Emery struggled at the free throw line for the majority of the game, connecting on just 11-of-21 attempts. From the field Emery converted 21 attempts, but only four from beyond the perimeter.
Syannah Ketchum knocked down four three-point shots to score 17 points in the win for the Broncos. Tasiah Little helped lead the second surge with 14 points, while Madison Palmer contributed 13. The win for San Juan is their first in three tries against Emery this season.
Friday’s loss brings an end to a bid for a third straight title for Emery. Entering the tournament as the defending 3A State Champions, the Lady Spartans had advanced to the title game three consecutive seasons.
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