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Taylorsville Boys Basketball Improves

Jan 09, 2015 12:24PM ● Published by Tom Haraldsen

The Taylorsville boys basketball team had some tough luck in the preseason, so the players were certainly overdue for some good fortune. They found it on Dec. 20 in their final game of the Panther Classic at West High School.

Trailing by three as regulation time was running down, Jordan Cushing nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer, forcing overtime, but the Warriors rallied to beat Uintah, 75-70. Taylorsville outscored their opponents 14-9 in the extra period.

The win improved the Warriors’ record to 2-7 on the season. Taylorsville’s first victory was a double-overtime 76-73 win over Tooele. The team also lost to Park City, 70-62, in overtime.

Against Uintah, Jameson Tonge scored 31 points, including six three-pointers. Aaron Canepari added 15 and Jake Lyman 12 for the Warriors, who hit 21 of 25 free throws (84 percent) for the game.

Through nine games, Tonge leads the team with an average of 19.22 points per game. Canepari is second-leading scorer on the team, averaging just over 8 per game. Tonge has hit 32 treys, with Lyman adding 8. Connor Ivins leads the team in rebounds with 23, and Thomas Mackay has 22.

The Warriors were scheduled to take on Layton Christian on Dec. 30 (after press deadline), Riverton on Jan. 2 and Juan Diego on Jan. 6, all on the road, to finish up non-league play. The region opener is on Jan. 13 at Cottonwood.

The Lady Warriors are 5-5 on the year, and were scheduled to play again on Dec. 30 at West Jordan. Kaitlin Toulono leads the team in scoring with a 14.3 points per game average. Whitney Olson (6.3 ppg) and Marilyn Maka (6.0 ppg) are also pacing the team in scoring. Toulono has hit eight treys and Olson six for Taylorsville through the first 10 games.

In addition to the West Jordan contest, the Lady Warriors were scheduled to face Hunter at home on Jan. 6 to open region play.    
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