5A girls' basketball: Bingham tops Granger to reach quarters
Taylorsville • In the chaos of the first day of the Class 5A state tournament the frenetic pace, the bright lights, the large crowds Bingham found calm in execution.
Deliberate passes on the offensive end and quick feet on defense helped settle nerves and rattled Granger in a 56-40 Miners victory Tuesday at Salt Lake Community College.
Bingham (13-8), the same team that lost 3 of 4 to close the regular season and finished fourth in Region 3, advanced to play Fremont in Thursday's quarterfinals.
"We just wanted to play our game, and focus on what we needed to do," said Bingham sophomore forward Leya Harvey, who scored 10 points. "This was just a really good team game, and that's how we want to finish this [tournament]."
The taller, calmer Miners jumped ahead for good with a 17-point second quarter. But it was their height on defense that took the Region 2-champion Lancers (16-6) out of their game.
"I thought we played a really good defensive game," Bingham coach Charron Mason said.
"We had to really work and prepare. [Granger] had a great season, and they had a much better record than we did coming in."
Jessica Matheson scored a game-high 13 points for Granger, which lost in the first round for the third consecutive year.
"We've got to get to the point where we aren't just happy to be here," Granger coach Aaron Cousins said. "We've got to start winning games. â¦ We're still young. This isn't the last time you hear from Granger."
Marlee Malohi scored nine points and Madison Loftus added eight for the Miners, who advanced to the quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive year.
Fremont 55, Lehi 36 • Amanda Wayment scored 12 of her game-high 23 points in the second half as the Silverwolves (20-2) overcame a three-point halftime deficit and ran away with the victory. Beth Beeston led Lehi (9-12) with nine points.
Copper Hills 51, Cottonwood 38 • Savannah Sandberg scored 15 points for the Grizzlies (15-7), who pulled away in the second half and set up a quarterfinal matchup with American Fork. Sierra West scored 13 points for the Colts (13-8).
American Fork 50, Layton 41 • Jenna Shepherd scored 22 points and the Lady Cavemen (13-11) upset the Region 1 champion Lancers (19-3). AF advanced despite scoring just two points in the second quarter.
Riverton 60, Viewmont 52 • The defending champion Silverwolves overcame a three-point deficit to start the fourth quarter and survived an upset bid by the Vikings (11-11). Shelby Richards scored 13 of her game-high 21 points after halftime for top-ranked Riverton (22-0), which will play Alta in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Alta 69, Taylorsville 50 • Elsa Ferre led 13 different Hawks scorers with 12 points and freshmen Mariah Martin and Sierra McNicol each added 10 points for Alta (15-9). Kaitlyn Toluono scored 15 points for the Warriors (11-11).
Brighton 65, Hunter 43 • Dani Barton led four Bengals in double figures with 17 points and Brighton (11-7) completed a perfect day for Region 3. Tess Matagi scored 14 points for the Wolverines (8-15).
Davis 69, Lone Peak 55 • The Darts (11-11) built an 18-point halftime lead and cruised from there. Davis advanced to play Brighton on Thursday. Lone Peak ended its season at 12-9.
Girls' tournament schedules
Quarters at Sevier Valley Center, Thursday
• South Sevier vs. South Summit, 4:10 p.m.
• Summit vs. North Sevier, 5:50 p.m.
• Gunnison vs. Grand, 7:30 p.m.
• Emery vs. Enterprise, 9:10 p.m.
Quarters at SUU, Thursday
• Juab vs. Desert Hills, 4:10 p.m.
• Cedar vs. Carbon, 5:50 p.m.
• Hurricane vs. North Sanpete, 7:30 p.m.
• Morgan vs. Stansbury, 9:10 p.m.
Quarters at SLCC, Wednesday
• Bountiful vs. Timpanogos, 7:30 p.m.
• Bonneville vs. Springville 5:50 p.m.
• Skyline vs. Timpview, 4:10 p.m.
• Wasatch vs. Mountain View/Mountain Crest winner, 2:30 p.m.
Quarterfinals at SLCC, Thursday
• Alta vs. Taylorsville, 9:30 a.m.
• Riverton vs. Viewmont, 11:10 a.m.
• Brighton vs. Davis, 2:30 p.m.
• Bingham vs. Fremont, 4:10 p.m.
• American Fork vs. Copper Hills, 5:50 p.m.
• Riverton vs. Alta, 7:30 p.m.