Jones sisters push Roy past Clearfield at buzzer, into play-in game

Thursday , February 16, 2017 - 11:14 PM2 comments

RYAN COMER, Standard-Examiner Staff

ROY — The Roy High girls basketball team needed to win its final two region games to earn a spot in a play-in game for a berth in the 4-A state tournament.

Roy crushed Mountain Crest on Tuesday, and sisters MaKayla Jones and Sariah Jones made sure Roy completed part two with some late heroics against Clearfield on Thursday.

MaKayla Jones made a game-tying basket with 11 seconds left and Sariah Jones put in the game-winner just a second before the final buzzer sounded as Roy earned a 46-44 victory.

“High school basketball would be completely different without my sister and I love playing with her, and I think we do a great job of bringing up energy,” Sariah Jones said. “Having that moment, I don’t think we’ll ever forget that. It’s so sweet to be able to share something like that with her.”

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Clearfield took a 44-42 lead with 24.7 seconds left following a pair of Haylie Anderson free throws.

Sariah Jones put up a 3-pointer on Roy’s next trip down but missed. Josie Williams had a chance to tie the game after grabbing the rebound, but missed her putback attempt. MaKayla Jones grabbed the rebound and banked it in.

Clearfield was called for a double dribble on the next possession, giving Roy the ball back. Standing near the Falcons bench, Mia Fernandes inbounded the ball past midcourt to Sariah Jones. Sariah Jones turned, bolted toward the basket and banked in the game-winning layup.

“I always have belief that when Sariah goes, it’s going to go, we’re going to get two points,” Roy coach Carolyn DeHoff said.

Williams led Roy with 22 points while Sariah Jones added 13.

Anderson led Clearfield with 15 points.

Roy will host Northridge in the play-in game at 1 p.m. Saturday.


SMITHFIELD — Sky View capped a perfect run through region play with a dominating victory over Weber.

Hunter Krebs totaled 23 points, made 4 of 5 from 3-point range and grabbed 10 rebounds. Kaylee Carlsen had 14 points, six assists and five steals, and Kylie Hale totaled 15 points. Hale also made four 3s.

Rachael Patty grabbed 12 rebounds for the Bobcats.

Sky View led 21-4 at the end of the first quarter.


PLAIN CITY — Fremont jumped to a 12-2 lead by the end of the first quarter and rolled past Mountain Crest.

Berklee Lerohl scored 19 points while Karstyn Peterson and Haylee Doxey each added six for the Silver Wolves.

Fremont allowed only 17 points through the first three quarters.


BOUNTIFUL — Jaimee Stahle scored 23 points and made two 3s to lead Bountiful to a win over Bonneville.

Bountiful led 16-5 at the end of the first quarter and finished strong with a 14-6 scoring advantage in the fourth.

Mary Larson added 18 points for the Braves.

Saydee Larsen scored 15 points to lead Bonneville.


BRIGHAM CITY — Box Elder earned a Region 5 championship and will enter the 4-A tournament with the region’s top seed, but East spoiled the Bees’ hopes for sole possession of the region title.

Box Elder tied with Highland atop the region standings but is awarded the top seed by virtue of its season sweep of Bountiful. According to region rules, the second tiebreaker after head-to-head is performance against the third-place team.

Box Elder swept Bountiful while Highland split.

East outscored Box Elder 38-24 in the second half.

Keslee Stevenson led Box Elder with 18 points while Emily Isaacson added 17.


RICHFIELD — Tabiona defeated St. Joseph in the quarterfinals of the 1-A tournament at Sevier Valley Center.

Kathleen Tomon had 15 points and eight rebounds while Addy Okwale had five points, four rebounds and six assists for St. Joseph.

St. Joseph now drops into the consolation bracket and will face Rich Friday at noon.

If the Jayhawks win Friday, they’ll play Saturday in the fifth-place game.

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