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Region 4 girls hoops is perfect example of sports parity

Parity may be the most overused word in sports, but you couldn't pick a more accurate term to describe girls basketball in Region 4.

With three regular-season games remaining, four teams were tied for first place, including Weber and Fremont, a pair of not-so-friendly rivals who faced one another Thursday night.After 32 minutes of pushing, shoving, banging, flying bodies, technical fouls, irate parents and plenty of free throws, the fourth-ranked Warriors came away with a 60-53 victory over the fifth-ranked Silver Wolves. Just another typical meeting between the two schools.

"Too typical," said Weber coach Dave Wallace.

The win kept Weber (11-7, 8-4) atop the region standings along with Roy, a three-point winner over Logan in a matchup of the region's other two first-place teams.

"Last year when we lost our second region game, I felt we couldn't win the region title. This year at the break, we had lost three games and we were tied for first," Wallace said about the region's crazy season.

After a poor region start, Fremont (12-6, 7-5) had won five-straight games and was looking to redeem itself for an earlier loss to the Warriors. The final outcome was nearly identical to their first meeting, though, as Weber's inside game proved to be too much.

A season-high in turnovers and a poor shooting night didn't help Fremont's cause, either.

"We probably couldn't have played more poorly. It was a shock to see play like that," said Fremont coach Gina Butters, who gave her players a long lecture after the game. "We just don't have the size to defend (Weber)."

The Warriors led nearly the entire game, and back-to-back 3-pointers to close out the second half gave them a 32-20 halftime edge.

Weber increased its lead to 46-30 heading into the fourth quarter, but a tenacious full-court press by the Silver Wolves and poor free-throw shooting by the Warriors kept things interesting.

Weber made just 4-of-16 attempts from the charity stripe in the final four minutes as Fremont cut its deficit to 58-53 with 24.6 seconds to play. But they could get no closer.

"I knew (Fremont) wouldn't give up, and I told my players that," Wallace said. "They are a tough team."

Jessica Reed paced a balanced offensive attack for the Warriors with 13 points, and Lesley Shaw added 12. Fremont was led by Jessica Fowler's 19-point effort.

In Thursday's other games:

REGION 3

MOUNTAIN VIEW 75, BRIGHTON 34: The top-ranked Bruins cruised as Lisa Osguthorpe scored 18 and Erin Thorne added 17.

OREM 56, HILLCREST 44: Kristen Saliby scored 17 points and reserve April Atuaia had 14 in the second half for the Tigers.

JORDAN 64, TIMPANOGOS 45: Nicole Paul piled up 33 points and Tiffany Pugmire chipped in 18 to spark the Beetdiggers. Nikkie Frasier had 17 for Timpanogos.

REGION 4

BONNEVILLE 57, MTN. CREST 53: Suzie Richardson and Kelsey Stireman each scored 17 as the Lakers won. Jamie Zilles had 18 for the Mustangs.

ROY 61, LOGAN 58: Katie Hotchkiss dominated the Grizzlies as she scored 28 points, grabbed 23 rebounds and had four steals and three assists for the Royals. Crystal Howe added 18 points and 17 rebounds in the win, while Erin Wilson had 17 points for Logan.

REGION 5

EAST 50, WEST 38: Amanda Garcia and freshman Rebecca Hunter combined for 21 points as the Leopards won this makeup game.

REGION 6

PAYSON 58, SPANISH FORK 46: The Lions roared as Megan Oldham scored 23 and Kamie Massey 14.

LONE PEAK 67, PLEASANT GROVE 47: Amber Harr drilled four three-pointers en route to an 18-point outing to pace the Knights.

TIMPVIEW 67, AMERICAN FORK 28: The Thunderbirds clinched the region title led by Camille Freeze's 18 points and 14 from Ruth Donaldson.

SPRINGVILLE 63, PROVO 57: Springville's Carly Skinner went 10-for-10 from the foul line, including six in the fourth quarter, for all of her points. Adrienne Nelson led the Red Devils with 16, and Provo's Niki Sadowski topped all scorers with 21 points.

REGION 7

BEAR RIVER 56, MORGAN 39: Tracy Walker and Amy Fuller split 30 points to boost the Bears. Morgan's Heather Holt also scored 15.

BEN LOMOND 74, GRANITE 52: The Scots attempted a whopping 73 free throws (going 45-for-73) compared to 27 for the Farmers. Traci Pollard led Ben Lomond with 20 points in the foul fest.

TOOELE 49, OGDEN 46: Tooele erased a six-point third-quarter deficit to post a three-point region victory.

REGION 8

EMERY 39, RICHFIELD 35: Adrianne Bradley sparked the Spartans with 17 points. Lynne Daniels scored 18 for the Wildcats.

CARBON 68, DELTA 38: Cristen Carlsen and Brooke Gressmen combined for 25 points to lead the Dinos.

REGION 9

HURRICANE 63, PINE VIEW 51: Bridgette Cox scored 16 and Amberlee Demille had 14, and the Tigers pulled away with a 23-13 fourth quarter.

CANYON VIEW 45, DIXIE 43: Shannon Redd hit two free throws with 3.8 seconds left and then stole the inbound pass to seal the Falcons' win. Redd had eight points and April Cox led Canyon View with nine.

SNOW CANYON 64, CEDAR 58: Chanelle Rose scored 21 points and Dani Shaheen added 13 as the Warriors won. Ebby Deitrich's 15 topped Cedar.

REGION 11

MILLARD 65, PAROWAN 43: Sarah Boone notched 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Amanda Monroe added 16 points for the Eagles. Casey Cook scored 17 for Parowan.

ENTERPRISE 58, BEAVER 43: Tana Shirtliff hauled in 23 rebounds with 11 points, and Katherine Hess and Ashley Staley scored 13 apiece for the Wolves.

KANAB 67, SOUTH SEVIER 55: The duo of Ashleigh Chamberlain and Casey Daley scored 26 and 25 points respectively in the Kanab victory. Chamberlain also had 28 rebounds.

REGION 12

GRANTSVILLE 46, MANTI 40: Annie Williams scored a game-high 20 in leading the Cowgirls.

GUNNISON 44, ST. JOSEPH 24: Trina Mor-ten-sen scored 14 and Becky Pickett added 12 as the Bulldogs rolled.

JUAB 63, SOUTH SUMMIT 45: Marci Jackson's 14-point outing topped a balanced Wasp attack. Tiffany Thomas led the Wildcats with 18.

ROWLAND HALL 35, NORTH SUMMIT 28: The Winged Lions stuffed the Braves in a 13-1 second quarter that proved pivotal.

REGION 13

SAN JUAN 76, GRAND 30: Sarah Swapp scored a game-high 20 points as the Broncos recorded the victory.

REGION 14

S.L. LUTHERAN 53, MOUNT VERNON 33: Michele Knudsvig sank four treys and 14 points to lead the Lynx.

WATERFORD 76, TINTIC 38: Summer Wilson was impressive in racking up 32 points, 19 rebounds and four steals for the Wolves. Amber Jones topped Tintic with 20 points.

INT. CHRISTIAN 41, WEST DESERT 34: The Lions jumped out to a 10-2 lead after one quarter, and Jessica Staible paced a balanced attack with 10 points.

S.L. CHRISTIAN 60, WENDOVER 59: the Dragonslayers were powered by Alisha Edmond's 25 points. Danica Williams and Paige Crawford each had 16 for Wendover, which missed three layups in the final seconds.

REGION 16

MANILA 51, RICH 44: Lindsay Guest netted 16 points and the Mustangs used a 17-3 third quarter to take control.

BOYS' GAMES

REGION 14

WEST DESERT 65, INT. CHRISTIAN 64: Mike Adamson scored 18 and Jay Murphy had 14 to lead West Desert. The Lions got a big outing from Jonathon Gray, who had 29 points.

REGION 15

VALLEY 66, BRYCE VALLEY 48: Mason Hoyt scored 20 points to lead the Buffs.

MILFORD 79, WASATCH ACADEMY 56: Steve Padilla had a game-high 26 points in Wasatch Academy's losing effort.

WAYNE 76, PIUTE 70: Craig Peterson scored 21 points and Craig Lang added 14 as the Badgers pulled away in the fourth.

PANGUITCH 68, ESCALANTE 55: Henry James tickled the twine for 20 points to lead the second-ranked Bobcats. Ryan Cottom had 17 for the Moqui Indians.