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High school girls basketball: Notes and highlights from Friday’s games — Farmington’s perfect season in region continues

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Farmington’s perfect season in region continues

Playing against Bountiful, the second-place squad in Region 5, Farmington showed its dominance by securing a 65-48 win. Farmington took full control of the game in the second quarter when it outscored Bountiful 20-9.

Farmington’s Valerie Kunzler had the hot shooting hand throughout the night, as she finished with 26 points on 69% shooting from the field.

The Phoenix improved to 7-0 in region play and now need just two more region wins to clinch the region title. 

Lone Peak passes the test against Westlake

The Knights picked up yet another region win against a tough Westlake squad. The Thunder made frequent runs in the game, but Lone Peak was able to stave off the opposing runs and bounce back from its tough region loss last week against Skyridge. 

Lone Peak’s Kailey Woolston scored a game-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds. Makeili Ika also put together a strong performance for the Knights, scoring 13 points on 83% shooting while also recording four steals. 

“I thought our girls battled hard both offensively and defensively, maintaining their poise throughout the game, even when Westlake made some strong runs,” said Lone Peak coach Nancy Warner. “I’m really proud of our girls, it was a great team effort tonight.”

Olympus duo outscores Hillcrest on their own

Olympus’ Mia Smith and Alyssa Blanck combined for 50 points in the Titans’ 84-45 victory over Hillcrest. In addition to scoring the ball, the duo also facilitated effectively by combining for 10 assists.

Smith’s 24 points are the most points she’s scored this season, much higher than her usual average of six points per game. Blanck, who is coming off of a 37 point game, scored 26 points.

Olympus improved to 9-1 in region and 12-5 overall. 

Highland narrowly edges out Murray, keeps region title hopes alive

On paper, it may look like Highland would have a major advantage heading into the game, but Murray, who led the game in the third quarter, made it a battle. Despite the trial, Highland finished with a 44-41 victory to remain within one game of first place in Region 6.

Highland’s Sophia Legate hit four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 14 points to help the Rams take the victory. 

“I thought my girls showed a lot of poise getting down in the third quarter and being able to handle the adversity and gain some momentum and pull the win out,” Highland head coach Kurt Schneider said.

Shorthanded Northridge upsets Layton

Missing one of its best defenders in Kenadee Thomas, Northridge was able to grind out the 43-39 win against a Layton team that possessed a 6-3 record in region heading into the game.

Northridge sophomore Madison Hosino led all scorers with 12 points, three of which were scored on a clutch 3-pointer with four seconds left in the game. Northridge freshman Kaylee Hess also provided steady play with nine points, five rebounds and a steal. 

“I’m proud of the effort and production from the entire team,” Northridge coach Chris Smith said. “We have a young team who is getting a lot of experience this season and it’s nice to see their hard work pay off.”

Last second free throws give Manila the win

In a game full of runs, Manila made the run at the end that mattered the most when Kate Bambrough hit two free throws with 10 seconds left in the game to secure the 40-38 win over Intermountain Christian.

Kenelle Browning scored 17 points for Manila and Intermountain Christian’s Lucy Cole scored a game-high 18 points.

The win gives Manila its first region win of the season.