LAURENS - Mike Huseman pumped in 22 points, Cody Nesbitt added 14 on 6-for-7 shooting, and 1A No. 4 Alta cruised past St. Mary's - back in action for 32 minutes after a 16-day layoff - 75-34 in a 1A District 4 opener here Saturday.
It was the Cyclones' third win over the Panthers this year.
Alta (18-2) plays at L-M (15-6) tonight, with the winner of that game to play Ar-We-Va or IKM Thursday at BVU. Substate is Saturday night at Spencer.
St. Mary's, which hadn't played since closing the regular season with a 48-44 win at Schaller-Crestland Jan. 31, finished the season with a record of 3-19.
Nesbitt also had four assists and five steals. Chris Schmitz added five assists as Austin Stille chipped in five rebounds and two blocks.
Evan Smith paced the Panthers with 11 points.
Connor Richardson added eight, Marco Barahona four, Michael Ivey and Nolan Luhmann three apiece, Jon Foell and Alec Kestel two each, and Justin Cullen one.
"They're a good team," Panthers coach Brad Wilkening said of Alta. "We struggled more than I thought we would."
St. Mary's scored the game's first four points but Alta ripped off a 17-0 run.
A 3-point play by Smith cut the lead to 17-7 at the 1:19 mark of the first, and St. Mary's would trail 19-7 after one period.
Alta shot over 50 percent from the floor and continued to increase its lead each quarter.
St. Mary's shot just 23 percent from the floor, including a 1-for-13 showing from downtown. The team shot 7-for-13 at the line.
"We knew we had to shoot well from the perimeter to stay in the game, but that didn't happen," said Wilkening. "We knew we had to keep them from shooting the ball in the lane. They have a good high-low game that kind of eats us up in the box, and here they hit nine 3s."
Wilkening called it a frustrating year.
"I think we could have won seven or eight games, and we won three. The kids played hard every night out but really struggled offensively. We learned what good shots are but just couldn't get them to go down," he said. "We'll lose five good seniors, but I expect good things from our younger kids.
"Paul (Yak) and Michael and Connor do a really nice job of creating things for our players, about as good a job as any since I've been here."
Score by Quarters
Alta 19 16 18 22 - 75
SM 7 6 8 13 - 34
ALTA - Cody Nesbitt 6-7 0-2 14, Jack Mills 1-4 0-0 2, Chris Schmitz 1-2 1-2 4, Jordan Hinkeldey 2-4 0-2 5, Quentin Thomas 0-3 0-0 0, Mike Huseman 4-8 11-12 22, Aaron Hansen 2-2 2-2 6, Austin Stille 3-6 2-2 8, Scott Radke 2-2 1-1 5, Robert Maharry 1-1 2-2 5. Totals 22-39 19-25 71. Note: Four points unaccounted for.
3-Point Goals (8-15) - Nesbitt 2-3, Mills 0-2, Schmitz 1-2, Hinkeldey 1-2, Huseman 3-5, Maharry 1-1.