SALT LAKE CITY — Springville lacks curb appeal. The Red Devils aren’t exactly the type of program fans allocate time in advance to watch play. Why? Because there isn’t that “superstar” athlete on the roster, and the style of play, well, at times is like watching an iceberg float.
However, make no mistake, the Red Devils are effective within the system, and truly might be the undertaker for opposing teams that aren’t capable of defending multiple options. Throughout the season Springville has relied on five players capable of producing at any moment: Max Schreiner, Rhett Clark, Max Terry, Kayden Hillstead and Ben Johnson, who contributes particularly on the glass.
The aforementioned five combined for 59 of Springville’s 61 points in the first round win against Judge Memorial Monday afternoon. The five also accounted for 28 of 32 rebounds along with every assist and steal.
“It’s so big because anyone can step up at anytime if one of us is taken away,” Schreiner said. “Terry had 15 of 17 free throws tonight and he’s not the greatest free throw shooter usually, so for him to step up was awesome. Rhett Clark played out of his mind, he had nine rebounds in the first half alone and had a lot of points. BJ, Ben Johnson, had so many offensive rebounds. It’s good that everyone can take part of the game and put up numbers.”
Springville coach Chris Kitchen quickly highlighted Hillstead, who is occasionally overlooked amongst the five players.
“Hillstead has been big for us, too,” he said. “Hillstead had a swing in the middle of our region where he was averaging about 16 points a night and some of the other guys were down a little bit. We’ve got a fourth kid who can put points on the board.”