Mountain View High coach David Houle has seen his cross country teams win region, state, even national titles, but his experience Saturday night at Weber State was, in his words, "just as sweet."
His Lady Bruins captured their first 4A state girls' basketball title with a hard-fought 57-53 victory over the Brighton Bengals. It was the school's third girls' state title, the other two earned in the 3A class in the mid-1980's.Mountain View won this game on the boards, totally dominating play inside. That's illustrated by the Bruins' 59 shots from the field compared to Brighton's 43. Even though Mountain View only shot 31 percent from the field, a lot of those missed shots were rebounded and kepted alive until they became scores.
Senior Kim Henry was outstanding for the Bruins, scoring 20 points to lead all players and consistently getting those second and third efforts. Jennifer Schlappi scored 10 points even during an "off night" for her offensively, but defensively, she caused five jump balls, three of which became turnovers.
Brighton jumped to a 14-7 lead as Marnie Maxwell hit all three of her three-point attempts in the first period. Teamming with outstanding guard Rachel Jensen, the Bengals seemed to catch Mountain View by surprise. But the Bruins fought back to within two at 32-30 by halftime, and both Maxwell and center Annette Monsen were in foul trouble as the third period began.
Mountain View began to assume a four-point lead which it maintained into the fourth period. Monsen got a basket to begin the final quarter, but two free throws by Jensen tightened Mountain View's lead to 44-43 with 6:06 left. After Holli Jacobs made a steal in backcourt, she passed to Maxwell to feed Jensen perfectly for a layup that gave Brighton a 45-44 lead, but it was the last time the Bengals would be in front. Schlappi tied things with a free throw, and Henry scored twice around a Monsen field goal to give the Bruins a 49-47 lead with 4:22 remaining.
Neither team scored for the next three minutes, though the Bruins had their chances. Mountain View missed five straight free throws until Henry converted a one-and-one with 1:11 left. Sabina Mueller followed with two free throws in the final minute, and the Bruins completed a dream tournament in which they upset nationally-ranked Bingham on Friday night.
In addition to Henry's 20 and Schlappi's 10, Julie Wilde scored eight for the Bruins. Brighton received 21 points from Jensen, 10 from Monsen and nine from Maxwell, all three of those seniors showing college potential to the scouts present.
Bingham 68, Orem 55
The defending champs earned third place by breaking open a close game in the third quarter, completing a two-year span in which the Miners were 46-2. Bingham was led by its three senior stars, Kae Cee Arnold with 19, and both Debbie Dimond and Jenni Johnston with 15. Orem's Suzie Paulsen scored 14 and teammate Carmen Bahr 13 for the Golden Tigers. Bingham made 18 of 29 free throws compared to just 4 of 6 from the line for Orem.
Weber 42, Viewmont 36
The Region 1 champs beat the league's runnerups for fifth place, as Bridgette Owens tallied 16 and Jodi McKay added 12. Viewmont played without senior star Jennifer Jones who was injured, but received 11 points from outstanding senior Heather Le Mmon and eight from senior Shannon Morrow.
Hillcrest 42, West Jordan 39
The Huskies made 38 trips to the free throw line, converting 18 of them while winning the consolation title. Cindy Jensen scored nine of her game-high 19 points in the crucial fourth quarter for Hillcrest. Collette Culp tallied 13 and Angela Chadwick 12 for West Jordan.