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Mtn. View, Bingham on collision course

One round down and everything has gone according to plan in the 5A girls state tournament. Now the fun begins.

The eight highest-seeded teams in the tourney field all won their opening games and will continue their quest for the state championship when play resumes Monday at Salt Lake Community College.Mountain View and Bingham are still the favorites to make it to Saturday's championship game after both teams posted easy victories in their first-round games.

Here is a brief look at Monday's quarterfinal games:

Bingham (21-0) vs. Viewmont (14-7): Every coach knows how to beat the second-ranked Miners and their full-court press. Getting their team to do it come game time though is a completely different matter. That's why Viewmont coach Lori Salvo booked the Miners for a preseason game this year, which they lost 88-65.

Salvo is hoping that experience will pay off this time around for her team, which Bingham head coach Rand Rasmussen was quite impressed with after their first meeting. Should Viewmont handle the press, center Kristen Crockett could have her way with the smallish Miners. That probably won't happen though.

Prediction: Bingham, 68-55.

Layton (16-4) vs. Orem (16-5): These two evenly matched teams could put on the best game of the day. Both teams are fundamentally sound on offense and defense and both finished second in their respective regions.

The fourth-ranked Tigers are led offensively by the high-scoring Kristen Saliby but got an extra punch from Brooke Johnson's 25-point game against Hunter. Meanwhile, five different players scored in double figures for fifth-ranked Layton in their win over Kearns.

Prediction: Orem, 50-45.

Skyline (17-4) vs. Taylorsville (15-6): Another pair of evenly matched teams sees the third-ranked Eagles enter the game having won their last nine games, while the Warriors lost their last two before beating Clearfield in the first round.

Skyline has a good inside-outside scoring punch in guard Sally Johnson and center Holly Harris, who had big games against Jordan in the opening round. Taylorsville doesn't have anybody that matches up well with Johnson, which could be their downfall.

Prediction: Skyline, 48-40.

Mtn. View (20-1) vs. West Jordan (13-6): A matchup of future BYU guards in Mtn. View's Lisa Osguthorpe and West Jordan's Stacy Jensen. Osguthorpe is coming back strong after a midseason injury and scored 20 points against first-round victim Northridge. The Bruins' bench has also improved during region play.

Jensen has been a bit up-and-down this year, and the Jaguars usually go how she goes. West Jordan must stay close in the first quarter and not play in awe of the Bruins to have a chance.

Prediction: Mtn. View, 60-42.



Prep rankings

Boys basketball


Class 5A Record Prev.

1. Layton 17-3 1

2. Davis 13-6 3

3. Cott. 15-5 2

4. Cop. Hills 15-5 -

5. Mtn. View 14-6 -

Class 4A Record Prev.

1. Provo 18-2 1

2. Olympus 19-1 2

3. Mt. Crest 16-4 3

4. Timpview 15-5 4

5. Sky View 17-3 5

Class 2A Record Prev.

1. Gr'ville 17-1 1

2. N. Sevier 13-5 4

3. San Juan 12-5 3

4. Gunnison 14-4 2

5. Kanab 12-6 5

Class 1A Record Prev.

1. Tabiona 17-1 1

2. Pang. 17-1 2

3. Gr. River 14-3 3

4. Rich 12-5 4

5. Dugway 16-2 5