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TUESDAY’S CLOSE CALL TEACHES BINGHAM WELL

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At basketball practice on Wednesday afternoon, the top-ranked Lady Miners approached their head coach Rand Rasmussen and told him that what had happened the night before would never happen again.

Bingham had barely beaten fourth-ranked Skyline in overtime but committed 32 turnovers in the game and scored zero points in the third quarter.Extra practice time Wednesday and a recommitment to playing the best they could every game paid off as the Lady Miners of old were back on the court Thursday dishing out a 76-52 thrashing of the Cottonwood Colts.

Malinda Lynch scored a game-high 20 points and Jen Monson added 17 for Bingham (5-0). The Lady Miners used a full-court press to rattle the Colts and create a number of turnovers which led to easy baskets and a big lead early in the game.

"Judging by how we played today, I'd say it helped," Rasmussen said about the Skyline game. "They learned about getting mentally prepared for every game without me having to tell them that."

Bingham was prepared in every phase as it led 26-13 at the end of the first quarter and 41-23 at halftime. Lynch and Monson did most of the damage to that point with 11 and nine points respectively.

The Lady Miners increased their lead to 47-23 but then watched the Colts go on a quick 14-2 run to cut the gap to 12 points.

Trailing 60-46 early in the final quarter, Cottonwood head coach Ed Murrell blew up over an official's call and was promptly booted from the game with his second technical of the night. He was hoping it would light a fire under his players. Instead Bingham went on a 12-1 run to effectively ice the game.

"My stunt backfired and cost us our momentum," said Murrell, who felt the officiating was anything but stellar. "They (Bingham) were just a better basketball team than we were."

Emily Van Dyke added 15 points for Bingham, while Amy Thacker paced Cottonwood (1-4) with 15, including three 3-pointers.

Elsewhere in the state:

Bountiful 59, Woods Cross 52

At Woods Cross, the Braves remained undefeated on the season. Candie Pitcher scored 20 points and Karie Allen added 15 for Bountiful (3-0). Tiffany Britton led Woods Cross (0-3) with 15.

Skyline 38, Granger 28

At Skyline, the fourth-ranked Eagles rebounded from their tough loss to Bingham on Tuesday to top the Lancers. Kelly Duckworth's 11 points was tops for Skyline (3-1) as the Eagles held Granger to two points in the first quarter.

Bear River 65, Tooele 54

At Bear River, Emilie Pugsley tossed in 17 points to lead the Bears past the Buffaloes. Lisa Richards added 15 and Nikki Wood 14 for Bear River (4-0), which led by 15 at halftime.

Orem 79, Roy 26

At Orem, the Tigers used a 40-15 rebounding to help them run roughshod over the Royals. Carrie Taylor and Erin Johnson combined for 21 points for Orem (3-2), which jumped out to a 36-17 halftime lead and never looked back.

Mountain View 64, Davis 54

At Davis, Brandi Daniels burned the nets for 24 points to lead the second-ranked Bruins past the Darts. Amy Gentry added 19 for Mountain View (3-0) while Wendy Dale paced Davis (3-2) with 19.

Olympus 37, Kearns 27

At Olympus, the Titans jumped out to a 17-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and then held on to defeat the stubborn Cougars. Kristi Fehr paced Olympus (2-2) with 13 points.

American Fork 52, West Jordan 46

At American Fork, the third-ranked Cavewomen used Jaycee Webster's 16 points to help them fend off the fifth-ranked Jaguars. American Fork (3-0) built an 11-point lead at the end of three quarters and held off a West Jordan (3-1) rally.

Fremont 56, Hillcrest 53

At Fremont, the Silver Wolves used their home-court advantage to ease past the Huskies. Fremont improved to 3-1 on the season while handing Hillcrest (3-1) its first loss despite an 18-point effort by Amber Pehrson.

Ben Lomond 49, South Summit 47

At South Summit, Stacey Shipman hit the game-winning bucket as time ran out to give the Scots a big road win over the Wildcats. Shipman led Ben Lomond (3-1) with 12 points while Julie Blazzard led South Summit (4-2) with 16.

Payson 78, Cyprus 60

At Payson, Melissa Tervort lit it up for 27 points and Julie Hansen added 13 to lead the fourth-ranked Lions past the Pirates. Payson (3-0) led 51-19 at halftime. Cammie Baker had 18 points for Cyprus.

Wasatch 60, Delta 43

At Delta, Christy Shepherd poured in a game-high 27 points to help the third-ranked Wasps pick up a road win over the Rabbits. Wasatch (5-2) led by one at the break but scored 36 points in the second half to race to the win. Kristie Greathouse had 18 for Delta.

Emery 60, Springville 52

At Emery, Dana Bott and Natalie Swayze each scored 14 points to lead the Spartans past the Red Devils. Adrianne Bradley added 12 for Emery (2-2).

Rowland Hall 53, Grantsville 33

At RHSM, the Winged Lions kept their record perfect with a big win over the Cowgirls. Alli Miller poured in 16 for Rowland Hall-St. Marks (8-0) while teammate Megan Williams added 15. Amanda Lanning had 13 in a losing effort for Grantsville (1-1).

Kanab 70, Parowan 44

At Kanab, the Cowgirls picked up their first win of the season by trouncing the Rams. Mary Dalton and Jamie Houston combined for 33 points for Kanab (1-3). Jill Yardley tossed in 19 for Parowan.

Clearfield Tournament

Timpview 67, Weber 37

The second-ranked Thunderbirds advanced to the the championship of this tournament by crushing the Warriors. Emily Freeze posted 17 points and six steals while teammate Heidi Sorenson had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Timpview (7-1).

Hunter 47, Box Elder 45

Angie Sheppick scored 21 points, including the game-winning bucket with four seconds left, to lead the Wolverines past the Bees. Sheppick also grabbed 15 rebounds in leading Hunter (1-2) to their first win of the season.

Lady Knights Tournament

Logan 43, Highland 37

At Northridge, the Grizzlies advanced to the finals of this tournament with a close win over the Rams. Jeremi Covington led all scorers with 15 points for Logan while Tanya Andelin had 12 for Highland.

Northridge 58, East 37

At Northridge, the Lady Knights cruised past the Leopards to advance to the finals in their own tourney. Amber Bailey scored 13 points and swiped 15 rebounds for Northridge (2-1) while teammate Melanie Hewitt added 13 points. Faye Kuma had 18 for East.

Region 14

Intermountain Christian 71,

Mount Vernon 6

At ICS, the winless Patriots did not score until a four-point third quarter. Katie Hill and Melissa Abee combined for 23 points for ICS (7-1, 4-1).

Salt Lake Lutheran 39, St. Joseph 31

At SLL, the Lynx came back from a slow start to hold off the Jayhawks. Stephanie Sandburg chipped in 11 points to lead the way for Salt Lake Lutheran (4-5, 2-3).

Region 15

Panguitch 39, Piute 32

At Piute, Amanda Talbot tossed in 12 points and picked up 12 rebounds to lead the Bobcats to a region win over the Thunderbirds. Alesha Richards added 10 for Panguitch (6-2, 1-1) while Jenny Poll led Piute (3-4, 0-2) with 14.

Valley 47, Enterprise 44

At Valley, the top-ranked Buffaloes won round one of the matchup between two of the best teams in 1A as they nipped the second-ranked Wolves. Tiana Heaton scored 15, including the game-winning bucket, and Robyn Heaton added 14 for Valley (7-1). The Valley win spoiled a 19-point attack by Jenny Holt of Enterprise (4-2).