RICHFIELD -- The Christian Heritage girls basketball squad played a strong final game to cap their 2010-2011 season, but it wasn't quite good enough to beat Piute on Saturday afternoon at the Sevier Valley Center.
The Crusaders' 62-53 loss gave them fourth place overall in their first trip to the state 1-A tournament.
Led by seniors Brittany Hurlbut, Josi Rydin and Mercedes Brown, the Crusaders (19-2 overall) bounced back from Friday's tough semifinal loss to Bryce Valley to battle Piute to the buzzer.
Piute jumped out to an early lead, and led by 10 going into the final quarter. But the Crusaders cut the margin to just four points before Piute pulled away a final time.
Chelsea Sylvester led Piute with 20 points, while Tori Glass scored 14 and Kandice Gleave added 12.
Emilie Volk tallied 17 points, with 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocks for CHS. Hurlbut added 13 points, while Brown ended up with four key steals to go with her 12 points. The Crusaders hurt their own cause with a 9-of-19 effort at the foul line.
* PANGUITCH 43, ST. JOSEPH 34: At Richfield, the Jayhawks earned seventh place despite the loss. St. Joseph led 17-16 at the break but managed just 17 points the rest of the way.
Panguitch, which finished fifth overall, was led by Kalani Norris with 25 points.
Katie Panushka led the Jayhawks (14-10 overall) with 14 points, while Tauna DeHaan added 11 points, and Katie Berry added eight.
4-A girls tourney
* BONNEVILLE 59, LEHI 48: At Washington Terrace, the Lakers struggled for three quarters against the Pioneers, but turned it up a notch or two in the final quarter to earn their spot in the state 4-A tournament next week at SLCC.
"I'm glad that we won the game because we were the better team, but I was not at all happy with us giving up 16 offensive rebounds," Bonneville coach Mike Russell said. "We were able to get a couple of players in double figures and made shots when we needed to."
Up just one heading into the fourth quarter, Bonneville ripped off a huge run to grab a big lead before Lehi started fouling to get themselves back in the game with three minutes left.
Fortunately for the Lakers (12-10 overall), they made enough free throws down the stretch to earn the win. Four players scored in double figures for Bonneville on the night, led by Val Buckway's 15 points. Kayla Eilerton dropped in 14 while Megan Tanner and Bailee Freeland added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
2-A boys tourney
* MILLARD 65, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 49: At Snow College, the Eagles ended up enduring a third-quarter drought that cost them in a state 2-A elimination contest.
Layton Christian led 33-31 at the halftime break but managed just six points in the third period while the Eagles rolled out to a 15-point edge.
Joel Swallow led Millard 19 points and nine rebounds. Jesse Rhodes added 17 points.
Duece Namazi led the Eagles with 16 points and six rebounds, while Quincy Mason added 11 points and five boards.
Colin Greenhill finished with eight points and six boards as LCA saw its season end with a 6-16 mark.