Timpview High's girls basketball team was hoping the third time would be a charm. It wasn't, but it was close.
Mountain View completed an undefeated (21-0) season Saturday night at Salt Lake Community College South (old South High) by beating the Thunderbirds 54-48 in the 4A state championship game. It was the second straight state title for the Bruins and coach David Houle.Mountain View beat Region Four rival Timpview twice handily during the regular season and appeared to be on the way to another rout of the T-Birds in the first half Saturday. Senior forward Karrie Henrie scored eight points to lead the Bruins to a 21-14 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Mountain View extended the lead to 32-14, scoring the first 11 points of the second quarter and went into the lockerroom at intermission with a 15-point lead, 34-19.
But in the third quarter the Thunderbirds' full-court press seemed to be bother the Bruins and Timpview crept back into the game. In the final period the Bruins failed to make a single field goal but ware sent to the foul line 22 times making 13. Timpview made four 3-pointers, but it's comeback bid fell six-points short.
"I thought we played tough," Timpview coach Barbara Dick said. "We just didn't have enough time. A few more minutes and we might have done it. They are a very good team, so I'm proud we were able to play them as close as we did."
Mountain View, which shot a sizzling 14 of 20 from the field in the first half, cooled off considerably in the second. Coach Houle felt fatigue became a factor. "I thought our legs were a little tired because this is the third night in a row that we've played the late game," Houle said. "I don't want to take anything away from Timpview, though. They are a good team and it's tough to beat a good team three times in a season."
When the fourth quarter became a free throw shooting contest for the Bruins, more often than not it was senior point guard Jamie Dodge that was sent to the line. Dodge responded by making 10 of 13 free throws down the stretch.
"I felt comfortable up there (at the line). I was just thinking that the ball was going to go up and in," Dodge said. "It's been a great season, but I'm glad it's over and we won."
Dodge finished with a team-high 16 points, while junior center Raegan Scott scored 13 (11 in the first half) to go along with a handful of blocked shots.
Timpview was paced by Angie Ross who made four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 18 points. Jeni Ross added 11 for the Thunderbirds.
In other tournament games Saturday:
Layton 62, American Fork 53
The Lancers went on a 16-0 run in the second quarter to break open a close game. Layton led 36-19 at the half, but American Fork battled back in the second half and trailed just 55-51 with 1:15 to go in the game, but it was too little too late.
Layton was led by Hilary King, who exploded for 26 points, while Tricia Ferrin added 12. American Fork's McCall Fagan scored 15 with Julie Krommenhoek adding 12.
Hillcrest 44, West Jordan 29
In a defensive battle between two Region Three rivals, the Huskies came out on top. Cindy Jensen bombed five treys en routge to a game-high 21 points for Hillcrest. Mindy Jarvis scored 12 points for West Jordan, which claimed seventh place.
Orem 51, Davis 48
Liana Snuka scored 17 points to lead the Tigers to a narrow victory over the Darts. Gina Snarr added 10 points for Orem, while eighth-place Davis was paced by Rebecca Heusser's 18.