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Sky View caps off its remarkable undefeated season with a 43-32 win over Skyline for the 4A state championship

SALT LAKE CITY — Although he didn’t broadcast the thought, Sky View girls basketball coach Kimber Hall knew that running the table was a distinct possibility very early on during the season.

On Saturday, that possibility became a reality.

The Bobcats polished off a remarkable 25-0 championship season at Salt Lake Community College, defeating Skyline 43-32 in the 4A state championship game. After the final buzzer sounded, the Bobcat faithful rushed the court to celebrate with a team that likely will be remembered for a long time in Cache Valley, if not statewide.

“I’ve never had a team like this. They just didn’t think they could lose,” Hall said. “And that’s why this is so fantastic.”

Tournament MVP Lindsey Jensen simply summed up what her team just accomplished as “a dream come true” during the post-championship celebration.

Saturday’s win wasn’t Sky View’s first over the Eagles this past season. The two teams met on Nov. 25 with the Bobcats taking a thrilling 63-62 win in overtime on Skyline’s home court.

It was following that game, Sky View’s first of the season, that Hall began to think running the table was a very real possibility for his team, largely based on the tremendous respect he has for Skyline.

“I went into the dressing room and said, ‘We've got something special here,’ ” Hall said of his postgame speech after that first win of the year. “And then we beat Fremont during the Christmas holidays, and then we beat Mountain View. So after that I thought that this is a special team. We've got a lot of chemistry.”

Twenty-four games later, Hall proved prophetic with his early thoughts of an undefeated run.

Getting to that historic 25th win proved far from easy, however, as Skyline battled hard, making Sky View earn everything it got.

Although the Bobcats led throughout, the Eagles refused to go away and were able to close within six points, at 28-22, early in the fourth quarter after a made basket by Laurel Tomlinson.

But then Jensen asserted herself to the tune of six straight points to push the lead back up to double digits.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates,” Jensen, who scored a game-high 23 points, said. “They gave me the ball and the confidence that I needed. Everyone just picked each other up.”

Also playing big down the stretch was center Hunter Krebbs, who gathered several critical rebounds while coverting 6-of-8 free-throw attempts to hold the charging Eagles at bay.

“I thought she did a great job on the boards in the second half," Hall said of Krebs, who finished with eight points and seven rebounds. "In the second half she really cleaned up the boards for us."

As for Skyline, it was Olivia Elliss leading the way with a team-high nine points and Kyla Paulus adding seven.

The mere 32 points scored by the Eagles was largely a result of an aggressive, shut-down attitude by the Bobcats on the defensive end that led to 19 Eagle turnovers, including 17 in the first half.

"Our defense was just tremendous," Hall said. "I think everyone had a part in tipping the ball, knocking the ball around and getting loose balls. They just fought their hearts out … the defense saved us."

Indeed, Sky View's remakable run required everyone playing an important role, a fact not lost on any contributing player or the coaches.

"I wouldn't want to play with anyone else," Jensen said. "It's such a fun season and (everyone) always had my back and we did this as a team."


Twitter: @BrandonCGurney