Tuesday night's meeting between the No. 2-ranked girls basketball teams in the 5A and 4A classifications turned out to be the battle that everyone had expected.
Due to the quick hands and shooting of Emily Freeze, Timpview knocked off its upper-class rival Mountain View 43-40 on the Bruins' home court.The win improved Timpview to 9-1 on the season, while Mountain was handed its first loss and fell to 5-1.
The Thunderbirds' victory can be credited to their tough defense. Mountain View found it difficult to get its staple scoring from the inside as Timpview rolled out to a big 26-15 halftime lead.
But the Bruins had some tricks up their sleeves as they went to a man defense in the second half that helped them take a 37-33 lead in the fourth quarter.
That's when Freeze went to work, forcing a couple of steals that helped Timpview reel off eight straight points and a 41-37 lead. After Jamie Beck's 3-pointer for Mountain View cut the lead to one, Freeze drove in for a layup and 43-40 edge.
The Bruins had their chances to tie the game but couldn't get a shot to drop.
Freeze led the Thunderbirds with 13 points to match a 13-point effort by Lori Henry of Mountain View.
Elsewhere in the state:
Northridge 53, Bonneville 34
At Northridge, Deedra Valentine poured in a game-high 18 points to lead the Lady Knights past the Lakers in the region opener for both teams. Amber Bailey added 12 as Northridge (5-2, 1-0) came back after trailing at the end of the first quarter.
Clearfield 42, Layton 39
At Layton, Jill Adams scored half of the Falcons' total points, leading them to a region-opening victory over the Lancers. Susie Hansen chipped in with 10 for Clearfield (4-3, 1-0). Elaina Kimmel topped Layton (3-4, 0-1) with 11.
Weber 59, Roy 52
At Weber, the Warriors opened region play with a win over the winless Royals. Lisa Layton's 17 points led the way for Weber (3-4, 1-0).
Waterford 52, Mt. Vernon 10
At Mount Vernon, the Patriots were close at the end of the first quarter but couldn't stay that way as they were ravaged by the Wolves. Lisa Jones led all scorers with nine points for Waterford (6-3, 4-3).
Jordan 43, Brighton 36
At Jordan, Karen Deem popped in 14 points to help the Beetdiggers come from behind to defeat the Bengals. Jordan (3-2) outscored Brighton (1-3) 27-12 in the second half.
Woods Cross 60, Viewmont 51
At Viewmont, the Wildcats won their first game of the season by using their size to dominate the Vikings. Tiffany Britton's 16 points led the way for Woods Cross (1-3).
Alta 60, Cottonwood 54
At Alta, the Hawks made a comeback in the second half to defeat the Colts. Janet Tierney's 15 points led the way for Alta (1-5), while Amy Bigelow led Cottonwood (3-5) with 19.
Wendover 26, Grantsville 24
At Wendover, the 1A Wildcats used some home cooking to defeat the 2A Cowboys. Camie Wadsworth topped all scorers with 11 points for Wendover (7-4).
Union 63, Morgan 50
At Morgan, a 21-6 first quarter helped propel the Cougars to a win over the Trojans. Three players for Union (4-4) scored 12 points apiece, matching the 12-point outing by Amber Manning of Morgan (1-6).
Fremont 53, Davis 36
At Davis, the Silver Wolves continued to roll with a victory over the Darts. Amber Russell scored 15 and Nicole Vaughn added 10 for Fremont (7-1). Megan Jenses led Davis (3-3) with 12.
Olympus 45, Highland 27
At Highland, the Titans took care of the Rams in a non-region matchup. Olympus improved to 3-4 with the win, while Highland fell to 4-5.
American Fork 79, Hunter 35
At American Fork, the third-ranked Cavewomen jumped out to a big lead and never looked back as they rolled over the Wolverines. Jaycee Webster netted 20 points and Rosie Shelly added 13 for American Fork (6-0). Angie Sheppick led Hunter (1-6) with 16.
Taylorsville 58, East 52
At East, Laurie Pugmire lit it up with 22 points to help the road Warriors defeat the Leopards. Taylorsville improved to 7-1, despite a 19-point attack by Charlotte Norman of East (2-4).
West 42, Granger 39
At Granger, Camille Cowley scored 15 points to lead the Panthers past the Lancers. West (2-3) took a big lead at halftime and then held off Granger (1-5) in the final period. Hannah Toia paced Granger with 12.
Ben Lomond 84, Granite 30
At Granite, the Scots had little problem in taking care of the Farmers. Stacey Shipman topped all scorers with 23 points for Ben Lomond (5-2).
Hillcrest 54, West Jordan 50 OT
At Hillcrest, Heather Hoffman scored 21 points, including two crucial free throws in the overtime session, to help the Huskies dump the fourth-ranked Jaguars. Amber Pehrson added 18 for Hillcrest (5-2), while Stacy Jensen topped West Jordan (4-2) with 13.
Bingham 48, Orem 31
At Orem, the top-ranked Miners improved to 6-0 on the season by dumping the Tigers. Malinda Lynch led all scorers with 15 points for Bingham, which held Orem (3-4) to single digits in three quarters.
Payson 69, North Sanpete 61
At North Sanpete, the third-ranked Lions of 4A jumped out early and cruised to a win over the second-ranked Hawks of 3A. Melissa Trevort and Tiffany Massey combined for 40 points for Payson (6-1), ruining a 25-point outing by Tawnya Crumb (4-4).
Juab 47, Spanish Fork 39
At Juab, the Wasps improved to 3-2 overall with a home victory over the Dons. Kristi Jackson's 12 points led the way for Juab and dropped Spanish Fork to 2-5 overall.
Lyman, Wyo., 70, Rich 44
At Rich, the Rebels suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of an out-of-state foe. Margo Groll led Rich (5-1) with 19 points.
Cedar City 53, Richfield 49
At Cedar City, the Redmen held off a late rally to defeat the third-ranked Wildcats. Janelle Romney and Jill Banks combined for 33 points for Cedar City (6-3).