The American Fork boys basketball team has relied heavily on its talented starters but the Cavemen had to have big contributions from their sixth man, McKay Smith, to get the team to its first state title in 40 years.
Never was that more evident than in Friday night’s gripping, triple-overtime 6A semifinal battle against Davis. With four American Fork starters having fouled out and the Darts trying to get the ball out of the hands of senior Tanner Cuff, Smith played a vital role in keeping possession for the Cavemen.
He also played tough defense and grabbed crucial rebounds throughout the tournament, providing some of the key hustle plays that allowed American Fork to finish the week with four straight wins and hoist the championship trophy.
The Pioneers knew going into Thursday’s 4A quarterfinal game against Green Canyon that they had their hands full. The Wolves got the lead but Lehi came back and needed big plays in the final minutes.
That, according to head coach Aubrey Van Pelt, was where Lindsay stepped up for her team.
“Maddie Lindsay was clutch,” Van Pelt said. “Maddie was huge in those last possessions. We had so many contributions but her defense and free throws gave us the lead and the momentum.”
She finished with eight points but impacted the game at both ends to get the Pioneers the 58-55 win and get back to the state semifinals.