Lady Bobcats drop first game of the season to Viewmont in OT

<strong>SMITHFIELD—</strong> Sky View no longer has a perfect record. After jumping out to a 33-23 lead at halftime, the Sky View Bobcats (6-1) only scored eight points in the entire second half, allowing the Viewmont Vikings (7-1) to steal a 45-44 overtime win in Smithfield.

“We relaxed off because we were ahead,” Sky View head coach Kimber Hall said. “We were only concerned about a couple girls scoring from them. When we did get a steal we were going after it like we have done all year to make those layups, but we weren’t making those tonight for some reason. I don’t know. I don’t know what to think.”

Sky View came into the game with a perfect record, including a 68-35 thrashing of Marsh Valley, Idaho the week before. In fact, no team had come within 10 points of the Bobcats all season.

“We’ve had a team win situation this year, but that was a team loss,” Hall said.

Lindsey Jensen led Sky View with 14 points including two 3-point buckets. Tara Goldman, despite being in foul trouble for most of the game, contributed nine points. Viewmont’s Katie Toole and Caitlyn Larsen paced the Vikings with 22 and 12 points, respectfully.

Goldman only played a few minutes prior to the fourth quarter due to foul trouble, picking up her fourth foul just 90 seconds into the second half.

“That was one of our worst things, I mean she played what, four minutes in three quarters,” Hall said. “That really affected us. We depend on her, but we’ve got to be able to battle back through those situations.”

Viewmont outscored Sky View 18-8 in the second half. The Bobcats didn’t make a second half bucket until there were three minutes left in the third quarter.

“We had good looks at the basket,” Hall said. “We just couldn’t knock them down.”

A bucket from Viewmont’s Tana Singley with 30 seconds left tied the score at 41, sending the game into overtime. From there, the two teams battled at the free throw line to an eventual one-point Viking lead. With time expiring, Sky View’s Kenley Hellstern launched a desperation shot but came up just short.

Sky View will look to get back on track Thursday, Dec. 20 when they play host to Mountain View.


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