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Cougs roar past Grizz in Region 2

Kearns unsatisfied despite another lopsided victory

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Kearns 51, Copper Hills 33

WEST JORDAN — Winning has come fairly easy to the Kearns Cougars this season.

They haven't lost a game since they went to an out-of-state tournament, and they've only had a couple games that could be considered close. Thursday night at Copper Hills was no exception.

The Cougars beat the Grizzlies 51-33 after leading the entire game. Still, the defending 5A state champs say they're taking nothing for granted.

"The score is more lopsided than they played us," said Kearns coach Bob Ostberg. "There were a lot of things we didn't do well."

He said it's the second half of the season that's critical, too.

"We still have Bingham," he said. "That parity that happens always comes late in the season. . . . There are a lot of teams out there who would like to knock us off. I know. We spent a lot of years there trying to knock Bingham off."

So Ostberg's strategy is the same as it's always been.

"We just try to prepare for every game like it's the championship game," he said.

Kearns, now 15-2, was in control of the game from the start, although there were times when the Grizzlies (9-8) came close to making a run at the Cougars.

Halfway through the second quarter, the Grizzlies were within two points of the Cougars. But after a couple of turnovers on the press and a 3-pointer from Kearns' Kellie Parker, Copper Hills found itself trailing 25-14 at halftime.

"We didn't make the buckets when we had to," said Copper Hills coach Kim Searle. "I thought the offense worked well. We had shots in the paint, but we didn't knock them down."

Searle said her team was within striking distance the entire game but just couldn't close the gap. The Grizzlies trailed by 10 points going into the fourth quarter, but quickly fell four more points behind.

Copper Hills had solid games from Kaylianne Hillyard and Danielle Groesbeck, although Groesbeck didn't take many shots until the second half.

Hillyard scored the team high of 12 points but was really their defensive key. She ended up fouling out of the game struggling for a loose ball with less than a minute to go.

Kearns had good games from Heather Little, who scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked two shots, and Kellie Parker, who scored a team-high 13 points. Chelsea DeLaMare and Nina Brunt were defensive forces for the Cougars. DeLaMare had five steals and four assists to go with her 10 points.

With about three minutes to go, Kearns had a 12-point lead. As they passed the ball around looking for an open shot, Brunt made a move to the basket and a reverse layup like a pro. It brought the visiting crowd to its feet, and her team went on a 9-2 run.

"I don't think about it when I use it," she said of the move she's been refining since her freshman year. "But I don't hesitate to take it when it's open."

Brunt scored only five points for the Cougars but was the top rebounder with 10, and she played a great defensive game. She did this while struggling to overcome three weeks of being sick with either the cold or the flu.

"She's really, really sick," Ostberg said. "She's really been struggling, but she played great."

Brunt said she shows up at practice and plays as hard as she can because her team relies on her.

"I get more frustrated because I'm limited," she said. "But I know I have to push myself to work harder. . . . I feel tired, way tired."

Brunt wants to be a part of the Cougars' last few games because the team is so close. She said she can't wait to get to the state tournament and repeat last year's outcome.

"I'm confident our team will stick together (when the competition heats up)," she said. Winning a second time will be even more rewarding. "People will know we're the real deal."

Oh, and who does she hope to meet in that championship game? Only the No. 1 ranked team in the state and fifth in the nation — Mountain View.

"We'll be ready for them in the championship," she said with a slight smile.

REGION 1

LAYTON 56, VIEWMONT 44: Haley Berlin scored 22 points as the Lancers defeated the Vikings.

CLEARFIELD 46, COTTONWOOD 33: Jennie Overdiek helped Clearfield erase a five-point Colt lead by scoring most of her 22 points in the third.

SKYLINE 43, NORTHRIDGE 38: Carly Walton led the Eagles in scoring with 14. Freshman Amy Young added seven steals, seven assists and six rebounds, along with six points.

REGION 2

WEST JORDAN 46, GRANGER 39: Hillary Scott led the Jaguars with 12 points in their win over Granger. Laura Michels led Granger with a game-high 26 points.

TAYLORSVILLE 50, RIVERTON 38: The Warriors led out of the gate and pulled away in the third. Emily Garn scored 19.

HUNTER 39, BINGHAM 38: Alofa Toia scored 17 for Hunter, which narrowly escaped with a 1-point win.

REGION 3

OREM 48, HILLCREST 46: Kelly Cobb led Orem with 10 points as Orem held off the Huskies for a win. Alexis Lewis put down two free throws at the end of the game to give Orem the edge.

BRIGHTON 68, TIMPANOGOS 64: Timpanogos tied the game in regulation with two minutes left but couldn't get off the last shot in the first overtime. The Bengals took their shot in the second OT, but it fell short. In the third, Brighton got key baskets from Jara Ludlow to end the triple-OT thriller.

MOUNTAIN VIEW 47, ALTA 23: Danielle Cheesman and Brittany Tressler scored 15 points apiece as the No. 1-ranked Bruins rolled past the Hawks. Heather Hansen added 10 points and five steals for Mountain View.

REGION 4

WEBER 43, ROY 32: Ashley Hone and Whitney Carver scored nine and eight points, respectively, in their win over Roy.

MOUNTAIN CREST 56, BOX ELDER 47: Lacy Gustaveson scored 19 points as the Mustangs defeated the Bees. Calle Kennington added 15 for Mountain Crest while Amanda Ford scored 16 for Box Elder.

FREMONT 44, SKY VIEW 39: Amber Devries scored 13 points as the Silver Wolves bested the Bobcats. Julie Wood scored 14 for Sky View.

REGION 5

WOODS CROSS 49, WEST 45: Aspen Weight led Wood Cross with 11, Margaret Bennett scored 14 in a losing effort for West.

BOUNTIFUL 34, EAST 32: Amanda Magalei scored 12 points for the Braves, who survived a late surge by East.

HIGHLAND 80, CYPRUS 67: Melissa Dennett scored 34 points for the Rams in the highest scoring girls game of the night.

MURRAY 52, OLYMPUS 37: Anna Nelson's 14 led Murray to a road win at Olympus.

REGION 6

SPANISH FORK 73, PAYSON 44: Chelsea Chipman made four 3-pointers and scored 20 points as the Dons dominated the Lions.

LONE PEAK 64, PLEASANT GROVE 33: Lana Sitterud led the Knights to a win with 25 points, seven assists and seven steals.

TIMPVIEW 66, SPRINGVILLE 44: Megan Valgardson led Timpview to a big win over Springville with 21 points.

REGION 7

BEAR RIVER 80, BEN LOMOND 46: Courtney Woerner led the Bears to a huge win over Ben Lomond with 20 points. Sara Clow was the top scorer for Ben Lomond with 17 points.

MORGAN 49, TOOELE 29: Veva Whitear scored 16 for Morgan, taking an easy win over Tooele.

OGDEN 58, GRANITE 51: Jenny Wayman and Amber McCoy each had 15 points in Ogden's win over the Farmers.

REGION 8

CARBON 62, EMERY 50: Chelsea and Cassie Warburton combined for 37 points as the Dinos smashed the Spartans. Barbara Burke scored 16 for Emery.

RICHFIELD 41, NORTH SANPETE 39: McCall Christensen buried two foul shots with 14 seconds left in the game to cap the come-from-behind victory. She finished with a game-high 13 points.

North Sanpete, which had three shots to tie the game in the final seconds, was led by Rachel Allred and Angie Daniels with 10 each.

REGION 9

PINE VIEW 41, HURRICANE 38: Shauntel Garrett led Pine View with 21 points in its win over the Tigers.

DIXIE 52, CANYON VIEW 37: Heidi Carlsen made three 3-pointers and scored 15 points as the Flyers flew past the Falcons. Crystal Lyle added 12 for Dixie while Krista Smith scored 15 for Canyon View.

SNOW CANYON 55, CEDAR CITY 46: Lisa Mangum led the Warriors to a win with 15 points.

REGION 10

JUDGE MEMORIAL 56, LEHI 31: Rose Hamilton scored 18 points and had five steals to lead the Bulldogs over the Pioneers. Kim Constantinesco added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Judge.

2A NORTH

SOUTH SUMMIT 58, NORTH SUMMIT 45: Ashley Simpson led the Wildcats to a win with 14 points.

2A SOUTH

BEAVER 66, KANAB 46: Sophomore Chelsea Eyre scored 15 of her game-high 20 points in the second half as Beaver ripped No. 1 Kanab. Teammate Candice Barton added 13 points in the 20-point victory. Tasha Larsen led Kanab with 17 points.

2A CENTRAL

NORTH SEVIER 66, JUAB 32: Kristina Peterson scored 26 points, added four assists and six steals in the easy victory.

REGION 12

GRANTSVILLE 44, JUAN DIEGO 32: Loni Fields scored a game-high 15 points and teammate Lacey Castagno added eight as Grantsville picked up the region victory. Caitlin Holmes led the Soaring Eagles with 12 points.

GUNNISON 48, MANTI 40: Rhonda Mecham led Gunnison with 14 points in its win over the Templars. Gunnison made 12 of 16 free throws in the fourth to hang onto its lead.

REGION 14

EAST CARBON 68, MERIDIAN 26: Megan Clark scored 12 points and Alaena Preston added 11 as the Vikings beat the Mongoose. Kim Maxwell scored a season-high total of 15 for Meridian.

DUGWAY 57, WASATCH ACADEMY 22: Natasha Pagan scored 17 as Dugway smoked Wasatch Academy.

REGION 17

WHITEHORSE 59, MONTICELLO 53: Duchenn Martin carried Whitehorse to a win with 21 points.

SALT LAKE LUTHERAN 56, MOUNT VERNON 23: Laurel Price led Salt Lake Lutheran with 16 points in its win over Mount Vernon.

SALT LAKE CHRISTIAN 50, ST. JOSEPH 40: Alisha Edmunds' 16 points helped Salt Lake Christian past St. Joe's.

LAYTON CHRISTIAN 55, WATERFORD 25: Jessica Friedburg's 20 points was more than enough to put away Waterford.

WEST DESERT 50, WENDOVER 36: Katie Alred led West Desert to a big win over Wendover with 34 points.

NONREGION

DUCHESNE 48, TABIONA 46: Jennifer Nielsen hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer to lead the Eagles over the Wildcats. Nielsen also led Duchesne with 19 points. Shelly Price scored 23 for Tabiona.


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