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Springville Girls back in 1A State Championship Game

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Sharp-shooting Mikayla Nachazel is leading Springville back to the state championship game for the third straight year.

Nachazel scored 32 points on 13-for-19 shooting and the top-ranked Orioles beat Kingsley-Pierson 61-43, putting them in position to win a second consecutive Class 1A title. They'll play for the championship at 6 p.m. Friday.

Since the tournament went to classes in 1994, no 1A team has repeated since Rock Valley in 2002 and 2003. Springville also won the 2008 crown and was second in 2009 and 2015.

Springville survived the foul problems of lead guard Rylee Menster to earn this title shot. Menster picked up three fouls in the first quarter and sat the entire second quarter.

Despite her absence, the Orioles increased their lead -- from 20-8 after one quarter to 37-16 at halftime. Nachazel scored 12 points in the quarter and had 22 at halftime.

Menster finished with 11 points and six steals, while Madi Wagaman had nine points and five assists. The Orioles had assists on 16 of their 24 baskets.'

Nachazel, the all-tournament captain last year, added 10 rebounds and five steals. She now has 50 points in this year's tournament and is shooting 64.5 percent (20-for-31).

Allison Bailey had 14 points, six rebounds and four steals for seventh-ranked Kingsley-Pierson, which lost to Springville in the first round last year. The Panthers played hard but did not shoot the ball well enough to keep pace.

Bradi Harvey added 10 points for Kingsley-Pierson and Bri Jensen scored eight to go with four assists.

Springville improves to 24-2, while Kingsley-Pierson finishes a fine season with a 24-2 record.

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