6A Boys Basketball State Championship: American Fork vs Pleasant Grove 07

American Fork guard McKay Smith (2) calls a play as he walks the ball around the perimeter during the UHSAA 6A Boys Basketball State Championship game between the American Fork Cavemen and the Pleasant Grove Vikings held Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Dee Events Center in Ogden. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

McKay Smith

Senior guard

American Fork

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.

4A girls state quarterfinals: Lehi vs Desert Hills 11

Lehi's Maddie Lindsay (12) talks with her teammates after Samantha Lewis (11) was fouled on her shot during the quarterfinals of the UHSAA 4A Girls Basketball State Tournament in a game between the Lehi Pioneers and the Desert Hills Thunder on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the UCCU Center in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

Maddie Lindsay

Senior forward

Lehi

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.