CCHS basketball squads prepping for end-of-season runsFeb 05, 2024 02:37PM ● By Catherine Garrett
The Corner Canyon High girls basketball team was 11-7 at press time. (Photos courtesy All-Star Photography)
Corner Canyon senior Eli Mortensen, who was an Honorable Mention All-State center a year ago, has been again leading the lady Chargers this season to an 11-7 record and a 2-3 showing in Region 2, scoring more than 23 points a game while pulling down nearly 10 rebounds as well.
“She’s such a talent and looks great,” said third-year head coach Craig Morris, noting that she will play volleyball for Brigham Young University in the fall.
Senior guard Maia Rhay, who only played a few games last year because of knee surgery, adds 16 points and five rebounds a game for the team.
“Maia is so athletically gifted with her speed and jumping ability,” Morris said.
So far this season, Corner Canyon has defeated Spanish Fork, Hunter, Cyprus, Springville, Northridge, Kankakee (Illinois), Eastside Catholic (Washington), Wasatch, Riverton and Copper Hills while losing to Green Canyon, Syracuse, Brighton, Orange Lutheran (California), Ridgeline, Mountain Ridge, Bingham and Herriman.
“The season has been so fun thus far,” Morris said. “We’ve had some bumps in the road, but we’ve learned from each of them. Like the motion offense or not, we are seeing better results when we all support the system. As we set aside selfish tendencies for the greater good, we get better at it through sharing the ball, good movement and constant motions.”
The Chargers are also scheduled to face Mountain Ridge, Bingham, Riverton, Herriman and Copper Hills before the Class 6A state tournament begins Feb. 20.
Also on the CCHS squad this year are juniors Brooke Luper, Sorrelle Nielsen, Kenzie Randall and Addi Yeomans, and sophomores Addy Hamilton, Hallee Johnsen, Kate Leroy and Lexi Leroy.
“If we clean a few things up, we’ll absolutely be in the mix in the 6A playoffs,” Morris said. “We hope to continue to work hard, be unselfish, have great attitudes and stay healthy.”
The defending 6A state champion Corner Canyon High boys basketball team, which was ranked No. 1 to start the year, is currently 11-7 on the year, although five of its losses were against tough out-of-state teams from Georgia, Nevada, Texas and Florida. So far, in Region 2 play, the Chargers are 5-0, winning all of those games by double digits.
Corner Canyon, which is now ranked fifth in 6A, has been led by senior forward Derelle Desire, senior guard/forward Isaac Neibaur and junior guard Bryton Valdez, who all average around 11 points a game. Senior forward Brody Kozlowski, who will play for USC in the fall, had 29 points and 16 rebounds in his first game of the season in the Chargers’ 21-point win over Copper Hills Jan. 19.
Also on the CCHS team coached by Dan Lunt are seniors Taylor Feroah and Hayden Gribble; juniors Noah Bendinger, Brigg Jensen and Peterson Lunt; and sophomore Tyler Mortensen.
The team is also scheduled to face Mountain Ridge, Bingham, Riverton, Herriman, Copper Hills before the 6A state tournament begins Feb. 21. λ