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High school girls basketball: Led by Brooke Pennington, Springville picks up victory over Timpview

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Springville and Timpview met Thursday evening in a midseason nonregion matchup. The Red Devils proved to be too much for the Thunderbirds, coming out with a comfortable 52-36 win.

Springville sharpshooter Brooke Pennington stole the show, giving Timpview headaches all night long as she found ways to score everywhere on the floor. The junior guard ended the night with a game-high 22 points and one big shot that all but ended the game and a previously streaking Thunderbird squad.

Timpview entered Thursday’s game winners of their last eight, with an average margin of victory over 16 points in that span. A stifling Springville defense combined with Pennington’s big night brought the Thunderbird win streak to an abrupt halt.

“Timpview is a great team,” Springville head coach Holli Averett said when asked about breaking the Thunderbirds streak. “They have good guards that can hit shots. They can drive. It was tough. We just tried to bring the pressure and hoped that would pull them up and it worked.”

After being held to 10 points in the second and third quarters, the Timpview offense began picking things up in the final eight minutes. Springville saw its lead cut to seven midway through the fourth. That was when the Red Devils turned to Pennington, who buried her third 3-pointer of the night and with it Timpview’s momentum.

“She’s had a tough couple of years,” Averett said of Pennington. “Last year she tore her ACL and was out the whole season. This year she was out a few weeks as well for another little injury. So it was good to have her back. I think it was a good confidence game for her, get her kind of back in that flow. She was big for us offensively.”

Averett was most pleased with her team’s stout defense. “Something we take pride in is our defense,” she said. “Our main focus every practice, every game is our defensive plan. We spend a little time on offense but honestly we rely heavily on our defense. That’s just something we always focus on. That’s what we take pride in.”

The Red Devils still have their work cut out for them after Thursday’s big win kept their record from falling to .500. Springville has faced growing pains after going 22-2 en route to the state championship a year ago.

“It’s a different team (from last season). We still have a lot of work to do,” Averett said. “The idea is to just keep progressing each game. I think today was a good game, a good step up for us. We still have a lot of mistakes. There’s still a lot of room to improve.”

Springville will have plenty of time to practice and improve as it waits eight days before playing its next game — a matchup with Spanish Fork next Friday at 5:15 p.m. The game will be the Red Devils’ first Region 9 contest.

Timpview will get back to region play Tuesday at 7 p.m. when it welcomes Timpanogos to Provo for the second of three straight home games.