The oppressive defense that has carried defending champion Springville all season has put the Orioles within one victory of another trip to the Class 1A state finals.
Springville held Burlington Notre to one field goal over the last three quarters and rolled to a 56-16 victory in the opening game of this year's tournament.
The top-ranked Orioles came into the tournament giving up only 27 points a game and they were even better in this one. The Orioles' guards extended their 2-3 zone defense far out onto the floor and prevented the 12th-ranked Nikes from initiating any kind of offense.
Mikayla Nachazel, the all-tournament captain as a sophomore a year ago, led Springville with 18 points. The 5-foot-11 junior also grabbed six rebounds, blocked two shots and made seven steals.
Rylee Menster also came up with seven steals while scoring 15 points and handing out six assists. Madi Wagaman added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Hailey Blythe led Notre Dame with eight points. The Nikes, the 2014 state champs, lost in the opening round for the first time and finish 19-7.
After a slow start, Springville got its offense going after halftime and blew the game open in the third quarter. The Orioles shot 55.6 percent for the game and finished with 18 steals.
Springville moves on to a semifinal game at 10 a.m. Thursday with a 23-2 record. In five state tournament trips, the Orioles have never lost in the first round or semis, coming in with two titles and two runner-up finishes.