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DEFENDING CHAMP MOUNTAIN VIEW BEATS ALTA, ADVANCES TO SEMIS

The Mountain View girls basketball team has cruised through the competition this year. The defending 4A state champion Bruins are unbeaten in 20 games and the vast majority of those victories have been blowouts.

Thursday night's state quarterfinal against Alta was a tougher-than-usual 67-56 win, but Bruin coach David Houle was actually pleased the final score wasn't as lopsided as the norm."We really haven't been in many close games this year, so I was interested to see how we would respond," Houle said. "I was happy with the way we maintained our composure."

Tonight at 8:50 Mountain View will play Layton, the only non-Utah County team in the final four, in a semifinal game at Salt Lake Community College South (old South High). American Fork and Timpview, quarterfinal winners on Wednesday, will meet at 7:10 in the other semi.

Although it wasn't the usual rout, Mountain View's game on Thursday was never really in doubt during the fourth quarter. The Hawks trailed by just five, 32-27, with 2:45 remaining in the third quarter, but a Mandy Hodges three-pointer started the Bruins on an 11-2 run to give them a 43-29 lead going into the final eight minutes of play.

Mountain View built a 20-point advantage with just under two minutes remaining in the game before Alta scored 12 points in the last minute to make the final score more respectable.

"We played good defense tonight," Houle said. "They are a good shooting team, but we did a nice job shutting them down."

Mountain View was led by 6-foot-1 junior center Raegan Scott, who scored 24 points and dominated the boards. Elisabeth Pinegar, another inside player, added 10 points.

Alta, which will play West Jordan today at 5:30 in the consolation bracket, was led by Jenie Stott's 19 points, while Allison Bills added 14.

In other tournament action:

Layton 58, West Jordan 46

The Lancers built a 10-point halftime lead, but couldn't manage to shake the Jaguars in the second half. Still, once-beaten Layton survived to set up a semifinal with Mountain View.

The Lancers balanced attack proved to be too much for West Jordan. Layton had seven players score five or more points, led by Shalei Valentines' 13. West Jordan was paced by Mindy Jarvis and Greta Pettit who scored 11 points apeice.

"We knew that if we kept winning we'd run into Mountain View, but we hoped it would be in the finals instead of the semifinals," Layton coach Van Price said. "They're a great team and they pose a lot of problems for us, but we're playing our best ball of the season right now, so it should be interesting."

Orem 57, Olympus 35

The Tigers outscored the Titans 22-9 in the fourth quarter to blow open a relatively close game. Liana Snuka scored nine points down the stretch en route to a game-high 19. Gina Snarr added 14 for Orem, which will face Roy in the consolation round today.

Olympus was led by center Stephanie Killpack's 14 points, while Mandy Ney added 13.

Roy 72, Bingham 58

Annette Hill, a senior center, almost single-handedly kept the Royals' season alive with 27 points in their victory.

Roy trailed by four at the end of the first quarter, but Hill scored 10 second-quarter points to lead the Royals to a 35-28 halftime lead. Roy went up by 14 in the third quarter and coasted to the victory despite missing the front end of four one-and-ones in the fourth quarter.

Roy's Kristan Belnap was a force outside hitting three treys and scoring 16 points on the night, while Brindi Borero added 12. The Miners were paced by Emily Draper's 18 points, while Sandra Rhea added 10.