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Miners buried by Cougars’ defense

Bingham manages only 3 points in 2nd quarter

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Kearns 45, Bingham 25

SOUTH JORDAN — When two of the most talented undefeated girls basketball teams in the state meet, it would be reasonable to expect fireworks, a nail-biter, some serious competition.

That expectation at Friday night's meeting of Bingham and Kearns would have led to disappointment.

Not only was the game a lopsided 45-25 win for the defending state champion Cougars, but the third-ranked Miners barely seemed to show up.

In the second quarter, Bingham scored just three points, all from the foul line.

It was not what anyone expected — especially Kearns.

"I didn't expect it to be like that," said Cougar coach Bob Ostberg. "We came out really hot. If the tables are turned next time, it could be the other way around."

Ostberg attributed the Cougars' quick start to some tweaking of their offense.

"I took a good, long, hard look at some film," he said. "We made some adjustments . . . The kids liked it so we ran it."

Point guard Crystal Grady said the team felt completely comfortable with the changes. She attributed the route to Kearns' chemistry.

"At first we weren't used to each other, but our chemistry is starting to come together," said Grady, who had 10 points, including two 3-pointers.

Ostberg said this year's team is beginning to remind him of last year's championship team.

"The attitude is starting to act like last year, as far as their off-the-court behavior," he said. "Playing time isn't an issue; they're

taking care of each other."

Kearns defeating Bingham is a new phenomenon. Ostberg said in the past decade the Cougars have only beaten the Miners four times. The Miners, too, will have a chance at revenge when region play brings them together in February.

Bingham's leading scorers, Emily Johnson and Erin Page, had just four points each.

The loss to Kearns caps an up-and-down week for Bingham. The Miners had a close call against Taylorsville on Tuesday night but won by a point.

The Miners never gave up Friday, playing hard until the end, but after Kellie Parker pulled up on a fast break and hit a 3-pointer halfway through the fourth quarter, Bingham never got closer than 20 points.

Kearns' Nina Brunt was the only starter on the floor at the end of the game and tied Grady's team high of 10 points.

Instead of a fight to the finish, the game ended with Brunt holding the ball out as the crowd counted down the seconds.

In other games Friday:

LAYTON 52, NORTHRIDGE 44: Mel Youngman scored 14 points to lead the Lancers over the Knights. Francis Foerster scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Northridge.

SKYLINE 56, COTTONWOOD 37: Carly Walton and Jenny Jensen combined for 28 points as the Eagles clobbered the Colts.

CLEARFIELD 36, DAVIS 21: Jenny Miller knocked down five 3-pointers in racking up 17 points for the Falcons, whose stifling defense overwhelmed the Darts.

REGION 2

HUNTER 45, GRANGER 43: Taylor Richards hit the wining layup for Hunter as time expired. She finished with 15.

WEST JORDAN 61, RIVERTON 48: Amoree Wells recorded 14 points, but it wasn't enough as the Jaguars knocked off the Silverwolves.

COPPER HILLS 45, TAYLORSVILLE 40: Kayli Hillyard scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Copper Hills.

REGION 5

MURRAY 77, WEST 30: Nina Sanford and Malinda Johnsen led four Spartans in double figures in Murray's blowout of West.

WOODS CROSS 36, EAST 32: Heidi Evans scored a team-high nine points and pulled down eight boards, but it wasn't enough as East lost to a balanced Woods Cross team.

CYPRUS 67, OLYMPUS 63: Kristy Stowell made three 3-pointers and scored 18 points to lead the Pirates past the Titans. Emi Heaton scored 25 for Olympus.

REGION 6

PROVO 47, PAYSON 23: Kasey Mills and Lisa Jarman combined for 23 points as the Bulldogs rolled past the Lions with a balanced team effort.

AMERICAN FORK 64, SPRINGVILLE 50: Ashlee Allen's 23 points led all scorers as American Fork topped Springville.

TIMPVIEW 40, LONE PEAK 36: Miriam Palkki's 17 points and Megan Valgardson's 11 helped the T-Birds hand the Knights their first loss of the season.

Timpview trailed 29-24 heading into the fourth quarter, but it completed the rally when Mindy Bramball sealed the win with two free throws in the final seconds.

PL. GROVE 61, SPANISH FORK 49: C.C. Francom recorded 28 points and 16 rebounds while Heidi Terry added 22 points and 13 rebounds as the Vikings knocked off the Dons.

REGION 10

UNION 69, UINTAH 61: Union broke a halftime tie, taking a four-point lead they held the rest of the game. Janine Nelson led with 16.

WASATCH 72, PARK CITY 35: Shalee Fackrell recorded 24 points and 14 points as the Wasps easily knocked off the Miners.

JUDGE 49, LEHI 41: Rose Hamilton and Kim Constantinesco combined for 23 points to lead the Bulldogs to the. The game evolved into a free-throw shooting contest in the final quarter, and Judge's 18-of-25 shooting was better than Lehi's 19-of-34.

REGION 16

WHITEHORSE 65, GREEN RIVER 33: Natasha Dishface netted 20 points and Duchena Martin chipped in 13 as the Raiders cruised to the win.

MONUMENT VALLEY 69, NAVAJO MOUNTAIN 39: Cigi June led Monument Valley with 14 points in their big win over Navajo Mountain.

NONREGION

SL CHRISTIAN 52, JUAN DIEGO 33: Alyssa Lightner had 11 rebounds and led scoring with 14 points in Salt Lake Christian's win over Juan Diego.

RICH 74, WAYNE 63: Maren Hansen led Rich to a win in a non-region meeting with Wayne by scoring 25 points. Wayne's Kali Taylor knocked down 45 points herself, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Rebels.

WASATCH ACADEMY 43, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 18: Loretta Padilla led Wasatch Academy with 10, Christian Heritage fell behind in the second.

ENTERPRISE 44, PANGUITCH 41: Sam Moyle scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Wolves to victory.

KANAB 57, SAN JUAN 23: Amanda Cooper led Kanab to an easy win with 13 points and 9 rebounds.


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