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Quotes from the 3A state basketball tournament


Playing six games in three days at the 3A state basketball tournament at Dixie State University, the MHS boys’ and girls’ basketball teams went through a wide range of emotions. We captured some of their thoughts during the tournament:

Boys’ coach Brad Matthews on how the team played after losing in the quarterfinal round: “I got emotional talking to them in the locker room because I was just so proud of them. (After a loss) teams can just fold. They just don’t want to be here anymore because the goal is not there anymore. But these kids came out and played hard and played really well. It was just fun to watch them prove to themselves that they are a better team than what they showed against Manti.”

MHS senior guard Cade Russell on being one of three seniors who helped the Trojans reestablish their reputation after a couple of lean seasons: “It means a lot to change a whole program around in one year. They said that we had more wins this year than we had (the previous) three years combined. I thought we finished it off good. We fell short (against Manti), but we made the best of it after that.”

Girls’ coach Kade Morrell on coaching seven seniors this year: ““What a great group of girls. I’ve Abeen around them since they were in seventh grade. There is not a group of better girls than those seven seniors. We’re excited for their future. I know they’re going to go on and do some great things.”

MHS guard Jaci Jensen on finishing her high school basketball career: “It’s definitely sad. I’ve been playing with these girls since second grade. We’ve been together through everything. It’s fun (to be finished), but it’s definitely emotional. We’re not only friends on the court, but off the court. We are as close as you can get. Our chemistry outside of basketball transfers onto the court, and that’s what I love the most.”

MHS senior Morgan Cragun on playing in the consolation bracket after an emotional loss in the quarterfinals: “It’s hard to lose because we can’t take state anymore, but you want to leave it all out on the court. It’s important to play for our community and our teammates and the family we have as a team, and have no regrets.”

Cragun, on how playing basketball has helped her cope with a tragedy she experienced at the beginning of the season: “Playing basketball has just been a way for me to get my emotions out and leave it on the court. I think sometimes I let things get into my head, but it’s important to remember why I play this sport and who I’m playing for and just do it for them.”

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  1. …..and when a 16 team tournament out of 20 schools state wide, forces teams to play against losing teams, and risk injury playing ‘losers’….that is just plain unacceptable!! The State Tournament should only be an 8 team tourney….the best playing only the best….now that’s a tournament worth going to see!