As fifth-ranked American Fork entered its 5A girls state tournament game Tuesday against Davis, reserve forward Amanda Durrant seemed to be the unlikeliest of heroes. That job appeared more suited for starter Taryn Stringam.

Both fulfilled the role nicely, however, as the Cavemen outlasted the Darts 71-66 in an overtime thriller to advance in the championship bracket.Durrant came off the bench to score 18 points, including the game-tying bucket as regulation ended that gave American Fork new life heading into the extra session.

The junior didn't figure to get much playing time but when starting center Shari Kelsch ran into foul problems in the second half, Durrant became the focal point of the offense as the Darts had problems stopping her inside.

"(Durrant) never really even plays varsity for us," an elated American Fork head coach Shauna Kay said. "But when Shari fouled out we needed a big body in there."

The sub-to-star game of Durrant's was slightly overshadowed by the triple-double performance of Stringam. The junior poured in a game-high 32 points while recording 14 rebounds, 10 steals and helping American Fork keep up with the offensive attack of Davis in the first half.

With scoring guard Jaycee Webster not at full strength after injuring her ankle two weeks ago, Stringam picked up her game by scoring 12 points in the first quarter and ending the half with 20.

"With Jaycee's injury she did exactly what she needed to do," Kay said of Stringam. "She just had a great game."

The Cavemen benefited early from the three fouls that Davis guard Megan Jensen picked up in the first six minutes of the game, giving her some extra pine time. With four minutes left in the half though, Jensen came off the bench to score 11 of her team-high 20 points during a 15-4 run that gave Davis a 40-34 lead at the break.

The teams swapped baskets and the Cavemen took the lead briefly in the third quarter. But two 3-pointers by Natalie Heath in the final two minutes kept the Darts up by four entering the final period.

After American Fork eventually tied the game at 58-58 on a free throw by Rosie Shelley, Wendy Dale took a lob pass from Jensen for a layin with 13 seconds left to put the Darts ahead. Webster drove the lane and missed a layup attempt but Durrant was there for the putback.

Shelley hit American Fork's only 3-pointer of the game in the overtime session for a 65-61 advantage. Durrant's layin and two free throws by Stringam with 53 seconds left boosted the lead to eight and put the game on ice for the Cavemen.

In other tournament action:

Bingham 60, Northridge 40

The top-ranked Miners came out looking like the defending state champions they are by easily taking care of the Knights. Heidi Olsen paced a balanced offensive attack for Bingham (21-0) with 14 points, while teammates Malinda Lynch and Emily Van Dyke each added 12. Amber Bailey led all scorers with 15 points for Northridge (14-7).

Mountain View 57, Bountiful 42

Brandi Daniels scored 10 of her game-high 26 points in the first quarter to help the second-ranked Bruins jump out early and cruise to a win over the Braves. Mountain View (16-4) led 16-4 after the first period and built the lead up to 17 in the third quarter. Karie Allen and Candie Pitcher combined for 34 points for Bountiful (11-8).

Clearfield 49, Kearns 34

The height of center Jill Adams was more than the smaller Cougars could handle as they fell to the Region 1 champ Falcons. Adams scored 23 points to pace Clearfield (14-7), which held Kearns to just three points in the first quarter. Jana Klopfenstein topped Kearns (6-13) with 10 points.



5A girls basketball tourney schedule

At SLCC's South City Campus

Wednesday's games

Winners' bracket

Fremont vs. Hillcrest 4:10 p.m.

Skyline vs. Layton 8:10 p.m.

Consolation bracket

Taylorsville vs. Cottonwood 2:30 p.m.

Alta vs. West Jordan 6:30 p.m.

Thursday's games

Winners' bracket

American Fork vs. Clearfield 4:10 p.m.

Bingham vs. Mountain View 8:10 p.m.

Consolation bracket

Davis vs. Kearns 2:30 p.m.

Northridge vs. Bountiful 6:30 p.m.