Free throws give Springville back-to-back titles


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TAYLORSVILLE — Savannah Park made two free throws with 2.6 seconds left to give Springville a 42-40 win over Skyline in the 4A girls state basketball championship.

Skyline had a chance to tie the game and send it to overtime when Sydnee Taylor was fouled on the inbounds play with time left on the clock, but Taylor missed the front end of the one-and-one, and time expired.

It was Springville’s fifth girls state basketball championship and fourth in the last five years. They defended their title but did so as an underdog. They finished the season with a 14-9 record after going 25-0 in 2013.

“We just try to make it interesting,” Park said jokingly after celebrating another state title. “We just know people can make big shots, and we trust every single player on our team. We’re so grateful that we have this opportunity to be here.”

Park led the Red Devils with 15 points and Brooke Wheeler pulled down 10 rebounds.

“We just came together as a team and it’s been an incredible run,” Park says.

Sydnee Taylor led Skyline with 13 points and Hillary Weixler had nine points, 11 rebounds and four steals in the loss.

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