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High school girls basketball: Top-ranked Sky View stays unbeaten in eliminating defending 4A champ

TAYLORSVILLE — If Sky View head coach Kimber Hall was certain of one thing it was that Springville was no ordinary fourth seed.

With five of the last six 4A state titles, the Red Devil program has proved that regardless of personnel, they know how to win when it matters most.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be (easy),” Hall said after the Bobcats eliminated the defending 4A state champions from the tournament with a 63-53 win at Salt Lake Community College. “They’re very good. I think theirs is the toughest region in the state, and we knew we’d have a battle. I was just pleased the girls hung in there, even though we were down in the first quarter a little bit. The girls don’t have quit in them. I was just thrilled to death that we came back and won it.”

A significant reason the Bobcats now own a 22-0 record is senior Lindsey Jensen. The Utah State commit socred 32 points before being whistled for a fifth foul with about a minute and a half left in the game. She couldn’t quite remember the last time she fouled out of a game.

“A long time,” she said smiling. “I don’t even remember.” Luckily, when she went out her team had a 10-point lead, which they held onto thanks to some patience on the part of her teammates.

Tegan Goldman scored six of her nine points in the final quarter and was a big contributor defensively.

“We’ve worked a lot this year on defensive moves,” said the sophomore guard. “It’s just good teamwork, I feel like. We work hard; we give it all we have. And if we’re not on on offense, we’re on on defense.”

Goldman had the unenviable job of trying to shut down Springville’s dangerous perimeter shooters. The Red Devils finished with seven 3-point shots — six of which came from Lydia Austin, who led the team’s scoring with 22 points. Savannah Sumsion led the inside game with 16 points, while Lindsay Johnson finished with nine points.

“I tried to push myself to try and stop that,” said Goldman. “It was fun to play in-state, fun to be out here competing.”

Hall said he was proud of how hard his entire team worked, but particularly how Jensen played.

“I’m so proud of her,” he said. “She’s not just a shooter; she plays defense; she rebounds; she steals.

Goldman said one of the best things about Jensen is that while she draws a lot of defensive attention from opponents, she is still able to get the ball to her teammates.

“She’s a really good teammate, unselfish,” Goldman said. “She’s strong, and she’s a really good player.” Jensen said the fact that Sky View is unbeaten doesn’t weigh on the team at all.

“It’s really 0-0,” she said of the playoffs. “Anyone can get beat, and anyone can win.”

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