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T-Bird girls overcome a slow start

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PROVO — Timpview, the Region 6 girls leader, got off to a slow start Tuesday night against second-place Provo, but speed eventually gave the lady T-Birds a runaway victory.

The T-Birds, the second-ranked team in 4A, came out cold on shooting and a little careless with the ball and trailed the lady Bulldogs 10-9 at the end of one quarter.

But when Timpview coach Ray Scott inserted point guard Jessica Harmon into the game late in the first quarter, the tempo and momentum switched in the T-Birds' favor. By midway through the second half, Timpview was on cruise control and coasted to a 63-44 win.

With the quick and speedy Harmon in the lineup, Timpview opened things up a bit more and quit looking to pound the ball inside as much.

"That's part of how we play. That's part of our team," Scott said of Harmon's up-tempo style.

Harmon's playmaking repeatedly left sharpshooting teammates Lael McVea and twins Sarah Red and Stephanie Red with open shots, most of which they made.

When Harmon wasn't in the game, the lady T-Birds went inside to Kristina Stone, who poured in 13 points.

Provo jumped to the early lead behind the scrappy play of forward Brittany Gutzman. Early on, the lady Bulldogs were able to break down the Timpview defense with great interior passing for easy layups. As the game progressed, however, Provo's good interior passing continued, but the lady Bulldogs began missing many of those inside shots.

With Harmon directing her team, Timpview scored the first seven points of the second quarter. A balanced attack that accounted for 18 second-quarter points took the lady T-Birds into the locker room with a 27-18 lead.

In the third quarter, Timpview used both an inside game and good outside shooting to stretch the lead to 49-29.

Provo was able to cut into that lead briefly when Michelle Boone came off the bench and scored two quick three-point plays inside.

But Timpview's quickness caused more problems for Provo late in the game, and the lady Bulldogs got into foul trouble midway through the third quarter. By the beginning of the final period, Timpview was in the bonus, with Lindsey Freeze making six of eight fourth-quarter free-throws to allow Provo no closer than 19.

Scott said his team's overall speed wore the lady Bulldogs down.

"We thought that it would," he said.

Scott said the lady T-Birds are a good team only when they play with focus.

"We didn't do that the whole game tonight, but we did do it in spots," Scott said.

The win improves the lady T-Birds' record to 5-0 in league play and 12-4 overall. For Timpview, Stephanie Red finished with two three-pointers and 19 points, 14 coming in the second half. Stone had 13 and Freeze 11; Sarah Red scored 10.

For the lady Bulldogs, Boone had 10 points and Gutzman had eight. Provo's record drops to 3-2 in league play and 8-8 overall.

The two teams meet again next week on Timpview's homecourt.



WEBER 39, NORTHRIDGE 35: Weber survived a late charge by the Knights, thanks in part to a combined 20 points from MerideeSpendlove and AmandaDabb.

LAYTON 58, VIEWMONT 50: Three players scored at least 10 points for Layton.

CLEARFIELD 62, DAVIS 43:HaleyHall posted 15 points to help the Falcons soar to the Region 1 win and a 5-2 record in region play.


ALTA 40, COPPER HILLS 31:JillCameron scored nine points and had five steals to lead the Hawks.

JORDAN 52, RIVERTON 47 (OT):Julie Leatherwood scored 14 points as the Beetdiggers held the Silverwolves scoreless in overtime to win. Jenny Finlay made two free throws for Riverton to put the game in overtime.

WEST JORDAN 47, HILLCREST 45 (OT):Elisha Harris hit a jumper with five seconds left in overtime to keep the Huskies winless. Harris led all scorers with 17 points.

BRIGHTON 40, BINGHAM 32:VanessaHutson led an uneventful game with 13 points as the Bengals continued their undefeated march through Region 2.


SKY VIEW 51, LOGAN 32:TrishaCardon led the way with 14 for Sky View.


TIMPVIEW 63, PROVO 44: Timpview had four players in double figures to help the T-Birds move to 5-0 in Region 6 play.

AMERICAN FORK 52, SPRINGVILLE 44: American Fork got its first region win with a strong third quarter.

PAYSON 53, SPANISH FORK 45:SandyJolley and AmandaMarvin combined for 28 points for Payson.


MOUNTAIN VIEW 67, TIMPANOGOS 22:HeatherHansen scored 26 points and made eight 3-pointers for the Bruins.


CARBON 61, NORTH SANPETE 48:MorganWarburton scored 26 to lead Carbon.

DELTA 43, EMERY 38:Aubree Nickle's 17 points led the Rabbits over Emery. Delta is 2-3 in region play.


SNOW CANYON 48, CEDAR 33: The Warriors moved to 6-1 in Region 9 and 16-2 overall with this win over Cedar. Snow Canyon scoring was led by AshleeWhitehead with 11.

HURRICANE 38, PINE VIEW 36:GabbiMecham scored 20 for Hurricane.

CANYON VIEW 39, DIXIE 30: Down nine points midway through the third, Canyon View pulled away with a 19-0 run. BreshaSmith led with 16.


JUDGE MEMORIAL 40, GRANITE 24: The Bulldogs moved to 4-2 in Region 10 action and 9-7 overall.

PARK CITY 56, WASATCH 53:CrystalChristiansen scored 20 for the Miners.

UNION 58, UINTAH 32: Union stayed unbeaten in Region 10, as they had four players reach double digits in this win over Uintah.


BEAR RIVER 46, BEN LOMOND 25: Bear River had a 14-point lead by the end of the first, and the Scots were done in. CourtneyAnderson led with 11.

MORGAN 87, TOOELE 50: Morgan torched Tooele with a monster first quarter and 33 points from CherylBlazzard.

OGDEN 53, GRANTSVILLE 26:EmilyDrake, MarenCrane and KatieAdams all scored double figures to help lift Ogden.


SOUTH SEVIER 41, GUNNISON 30: South Sevier topped Gunnison with tough defense in the first and third quarters.

NORTH SEVIER 60, RICHFIELD 54:KristinaPeterson scored 24 points, and ValmaCook added 21 points, nine rebounds and eight steals to lift North Sevier.


PAROWAN 31, ENTERPRISE 25:MeganCooke had a monster game for Parowan with 22 of her team's 31 points.



JUAB 53, GRAND 42:JamieJones led three Juab scorers in double figures with 14 points.

NORTH SUMMIT 43, JUAN DIEGO 33: North Summit stays undefeated in Region 14 behind WhitneyPeck's 15 points.

SOUTH SUMMIT 57, ROWLAND HALL 30:TelleiGines scored 10 points to lead a balanced scoring attack by the Wildcats.


TABIONA 60, UINTAH RIVER 17:AmberPippy scored 22 as Tabiona buried Uintah River.


SALT LAKE LUTHERAN 38, MOUNT VERNON 26:StacyKnudsvig posted 18 points for Salt Lake Lutheran.

LAYTON CHRISTIAN 52, INTERMOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN 34: Layton Christian secured the win on the hot hand of AmyGray with 31 points.

ST. JOSEPH 49, WATERFORD 32:KatieMcEntee scored 18, and St. Joe's got its 10th region win.


WEST DESERT 47, WENDOVER 28: West Desert shot up a storm to earn a Region 18 win. W.D. is now 6-3 in region and 6-6 overall.

DUGWAY 56, WASATCH ACADEMY 45:Amber Kolb scored 18 for Dugway, which left Wasatch Academy still looking for its first win.


VALLEY 46, KANAB 38:JanaGlover scored 18 and two other players scored in double figures for Valley.

RICH 56, KEMMERER, WYO. 20: The Rebels moved to 12-5 on the year.

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