Santaquin Lady Warriors South Valley Champs
A Santaquin girls youth basketball team was honored at this week’s city council meeting for their stellar performance at the South Valley Tournament two weeks ago.
The Santaquin Warriors secured the regional championship for 7-8th grade girls by defeating three teams in the tournament featuring squads from Santaquin, Payson, Salem, Spanish Fork, and Mapleton.
In dominant fashion the Warriors beat a team from Spanish Fork in the championship game 30-18. The 8-girl Warriors team went 4-3 in their league play and were without one of their players, Samantha Taylor, who broke her arm during a team practice.
They managed to step up their game in the tournament. Maris Mortensen said of the tournament, “It was really surprising and just really awesome that we came and won it all.”
The tournament featured 31 teams, but Head Coach Glade Robbins said his girls were up for the challenge.
“They really worked hard on the tournament,” said Robbins. “They were a little intimidated when they played the games here in town, but once they got over there they had the right attitude and went in to win and worked hard and did it.”
Assistant Coach David Robbins said his team showed character in crunch time situations. “The most important thing about it is they never quit,” he said. “There were times in the games when they were frustrated with how they played…we kinda had to keep them focused on the game.”
The Warriors were coached by Glade and David Robbins.
Santaquin Warriors Roster: Karinne Akers, Samantha Berge, Paige Durrant, Terissa Hamilton, Maris Mortensen, Ketelyn Robbins, Samantha Taylor, and Ashlee Warren.