Springville’s Lady Red Devils finish the season 24-0, underscored by a 54-40 victory over Timpview in Saturday's 4A girls state basketball championship game at Salt Lake Community College. Their high-pressure defense and fast-paced offense helped them earn their third state title in four years over fifth-ranked Timpview. This group of senior girls have played in four consecutive championship games; five for the program.
The Lady Red Devils never allowed the Lady T-Birds to build any kind of drive, regardless of who was on the floor; Springville dominated the second-half.
Utah commit Malia Nawahine led the team with 18 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists. Savannah Park added 12 points and four steals, while Brooke Wheeler earned a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. The T-birds were led by Lauryn Dela Cruz, who scored 14 points and Lyndie Haddock, who added 14 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists.
Nawahine's play earned her Deseret News All-Tournament MVP, with her closest competition for the award coming from Park, who made it difficult for the T-Birds to get into any kind of offensive rhythm.
The team had a preseason goal to go undefeated. But they did it by focusing exclusively on each game at hand.
The Red Devil student body turnout and enthusiasm was unanswered by the T-Birds; Springville fans included many parents and community patrons.
Springville’s head coach is Nancy Warner with assistants Jill Thackeray, Holly Averett, Mandy Park, and Chris Warner. Lisa Walker heads athletic training and Cathi Jarvis is Springville’s athletic director.
*photos by Mark Spencer