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Spartans hold on to beat Braves

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BOUNTIFUL — Sidni Taylor came off the bench in a tight game and was fouled on her way to the basket. The score was tied, and she went to the foul line with a chance to give the Spartans the lead.

She missed both shots.

Instead of dwelling on that, she came back in the second half, and when she got her chance to shoot some high-pressure free throws again, she made them — every single one. Six of her 12 points came from free throws in the fourth quarter. The first pair of shots gave Murray a four-point lead with about two minutes to go.

Taylor's consistency buoyed her team and eventually made it impossible for the Braves to mount a comeback as number-one ranked Murray walked away with the first region meeting between these two teams, 43-36.

"After the first two, I got a little warmed up," Taylor said smiling.

Not only was Murray up against Bountiful in their gymnasium, but the Spartans knew the Braves would be looking to avenge a pre-season loss. Murray also was without one of its best post players in Nina Sanford, who sprained her ankle and could be out the entire week.

No doubt about it, it was a big win for the Spartans.

"Especially on their court," said coach Lisa White. "They made adjustments; we made adjustments. They cut off (the play with which) we scored on them last game. . . . They adjusted to our press. They broke it totally."

The Spartans have earned many wins this year by forcing teams to turn the ball over in front of the press. The Braves handled it well, getting the ball to a player under the basket three times, but failing to score on the play.

Bountiful was led by the all-around solid play of Amanda Magelei, who had nine points and eight rebounds. Taylor's teammate Anna Nelson led Murray with 17 points and seven rebounds.

White said the pressure of a close game was good for the Spartans.

"I won't say it was our best game," she said. "But we need to play close games. To win by 20 points isn't realistic when we get to the state tournament. That was a good experience."

In other girls' games:


NORTHRIDGE 53, COTTONWOOD 45: Misty Stratford and Amber Lowry led Northridge to a win over the Colts with 11 points each. Stratford also had five rebounds and three steals.

DAVIS 56, VIEWMONT 48: Krystal Stanger and Megan Hansen combined for 29 points to lead the Darts to the region win over their rivals to the north.

CLEARFIELD 60, LAYTON 53: Jennie Overdiek made all 11 of her free throw attempts in the fourth quarter as the Falcons held off the Lancers. Overdiek finished with 22 points. Felicia Stewart chipped in 17 points for Layton.


BINGHAM 37, WEST JORDAN 32: Erin Page led Bingham with just eight points, but it was enough as the Miners improved to 11-1 on the season.

RIVERTON 48, GRANGER 36: Kambrey Sharp scored 13 points to lead the Silverwolves over the Lancers.

COPPER HILLS 45, HUNTER 31: Kayli Hillyard scored 21 points as the Grizzlies defeated the Wolverines.

KEARNS 69, TAYLORSVILLE 59: Chelsey DeLaMare recorded 19 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, while teammate Heather Little added 17 points for the Cougars. Taylorsville's Emily Garn led all scorers with 21 points.


JORDAN 49, OREM 45: The Beetdiggers overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to tip the Tigers. Erika Bruin made four 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Jordan.

MOUNTAIN VIEW 71, TIMPANOGOS 39: Danielle Cheesman led the Bruins to yet another victory with 26 points, while Mountain View's defense held Timpanogos to just three points in the first quarter.

BRIGHTON 53, HILLCREST 45: Jara Ludlow made five 3-pointers and scored 16 points as the Bengals beat the Huskies.


BONNEVILLE 46, BOX ELDER 45: The Lakers scored four points in the last three seconds to defeat the Bees. Megan Richardson led Bonneville with 15 points.

FREMONT 51, LOGAN 49: Texie Criddle's bucket in the final seconds helped the Silverwolves pick up the big region victory. Amber DeVries and Amy Russell each netted 13 points for Fremont, while Molly Hillyard led the Grizzlies with 19 points.

SKY VIEW 65, WEBER 52: Julie Wood scored 17 points while Trisha Merrill and Emily Grunig each chipped in 12 for the Bobcats. Ashley Hone racked up 27 for the Warriors.

MOUNTAIN CREST 59, ROY 25: Kallee Kennington led the Mustangs with 18 points in the win over Roy.

DUGWAY 42, MERIDIAN 12: Natasha Pagan led Dugway to a win over Meridian with 10 points.


HIGHLAND 56, WEST 40: The Rams' two-headed scoring machine of Sharee Hendrix and Melissa Dennett combined for 33 points in Highland's victory. Dennett also added 14 rebounds. Tamika Hardy led West with 14 points in the loss.

EAST 46, OLYMPUS 32: Marcy Neeley led the Leopards with 12 points in their win over the Titans.

CYPRUS 55, WOODS CROSS 35: Kristy Stowell racked up 14 points while teammates Karli Osborn and Monica Miller each chipped in 10 for the Pirates.


LONE PEAK 63, PROVO 47: Candace Mattson scored 37 points as the Knights defeated the Bulldogs.

AM. FORK 60, SP. FORK 44: Sixteen points each from Amber Walker and Ashlee Allen propelled the Cavemen to the region victory.

TIMPVIEW 53, PLEASANT GROVE 44: Lindsey Henson and Megan Valgardson led Timpview to a win with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

SPRINGVILLE 55, PAYSON 37: The Red Devils stormed to a 29-11 first quarter lead and coasted from there. Kaylee Collinsworth netted 25 points to lead Springville.


MORGAN 70, OGDEN 36: Cheryl Blazzard scored 22 points as Morgan destroyed the Tigers.

BEN LOMOND 73, GRANITE 56: Jenny Hatch scored 16 points and dished 15 assists as the Scots dumped the Farmers.

BEAR RIVER 56, TOOELE 37: Courtney Woerner scored 16 points as the Bears blasted the Buffaloes.


DELTA 45, NORTH SANPETE 42: The Rabbits went on a 36-17 second-half scoring run to pick up the win. Sandra Hales played great defense to key the rally.

CARBON 70, RICHFIELD 55: Chelsey Warburton scored 18 points as the Dinos defeated the Wildcats.


PINE VIEW 40, CEDAR CITY 27: Shauntel Garrett scored all her 13 points in the second half as the Panthers came from behind to beat Cedar. Cheryl Banks led Cedar with 10 points.

SNOW CANYON 54, DIXIE 43: The Warriors evened their region record at 2-2 behind Kim Hatch's 13 points. Chasi Winningham led the Flyers with 16 points in a losing cause.

HURRICANE 49, CANYON VIEW 32: Sheila Robertson led the Tigers with 17 points, while Juliann Sales led Canyon View with 10 points.


BEAVER 81, MILLARD 58: Candice Barton had a monstrous 37-point effort to lead the Beavers to the victory.

PAROWAN 40, ENTERPRISE 37: Katy Cooke led Parowan to a win over fourth-ranked Enterprise with 16 points. Cooke hit a 3-pointer with three seconds to go in the game to win it for the Rams.


SOUTH SEVIER 47, GUNNISON 37: Alisa Rose led South Sevier with 14 points in their win over Gunnison.

ANTI 54, NORTH SEVIER 45: Chantelle Pili led the Templars with 12 points in their win over North Sevier. North Sevier was led by Kristina Peterson who had 21 points.


WASATCH ACADEMY 59, EAST CARBON 54: Jodi Kent recorded 18 points as the Tigers picked up the region win. Chelsey Timothy led East Carbon with 18 points.

TINTIC 67, WENDOVER 51: Amber Jones' 32 points and Emily Carter's 16 points were more than enough as Tintic cruised to the region victory.


ICS 43, SL CHRISTIAN 28: Libby Armstrong and Jackie Kopetz each scored in double figures in ICS's victory.

ST. JOSEPH 49, SALT LAKE LUTHERAN 39: Mary Dinsdale led St. Joseph's to a win with 13 points. Stacey Knudsvig led Salt Lake Lutheran with 15 points.

WATERFORD 41, MT. VERNON 40: Liz King buried two free throws with 14 seconds remaining as the Ravens picked up the win. Kasey Anderson's solid defensive effort, in addition to her 13 points, were also important.


ALTAMONT 55, DUCHESNE 40: Marlee Mower and Amber Gilbert had 12 and 11 points, respectively, as the Longhorns downed the Eagles. Jennifer Nielsen had a game-high 18 points in a losing effort.

SOUTH SUMMIT 53, JUAB 45: Natalie Merchant and Ashley Simpson each scored 12 points in the Wildcats' victory. Juab's Amber Wardle led all scorers with 21 points.

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