<strong>HYRUM—</strong> Balanced offense and tenacious defense led the Mountain Crest girl’s basketball team to a 54-39 rout of the Cyprus Pirates Thursday.
“They were much more physical than we thought they were going to be,” MC head coach Candace Thornton said. “It wasn’t pretty but we dealt with it. We moved the ball well, and our rebounds really helped us out.”
It was a foul-filled first half as the teams combined for 18 total, but the Mustangs, led by Katie Wallentine, pushed through the physicality. The junior forward finished with a team-high 13 points and just missed out on a double-double.
“Her defense was excellent tonight,” Thornton said. “She hit the shots we needed her to on offense and just her all-around effort tonight was awesome.”
The rest of the team got in on the act in the second half, turning a nine-point halftime lead into 20 before the Pirates closed the game on an 8-3 run.
The Mustangs improved to 5-4 with their third consecutive win, while Cyprus fell to 7-3 while having its two-game winning streak snapped.
Mountain Crest will have a two week hiatus for the holiday break, but will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 3, at home against Davis. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
<strong>GRIZZLIES 67, DONS 48</strong>
Megan Mills scored 21 points and connected on five 3-pointers, and Lauren Mott added 19 points as Logan dominated the game from start to finish and defeated Spanish Fork, 67-48.
Coming off a tough home loss to Bountiful where the Grizzlies (6-3) lost the game in the fourth quarter, Logan jumped out of the gates early against the Dons. The Grizzlies recorded a four point advantage in each of the first two quarters to open up a 32-24 advantage at the half.
A huge third quarter really put the game out of reach for Spanish Fork as Logan outscored the Dons 22-13 in the third. Paige Beckstrom led Spanish Fork with 11 points, but no other Don scored in double digits.
Logan will return to action Thursday, Jan. 3, when they face Fremont at 7 p.m.
<strong>BOBCATS 57, MIGHTY BRUINS 47</strong>
After dropping its first game of the season, Sky View responded in a big way. Led by Tara Goldman’s double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, the Bobcats blasted Mountain View in the first half and coasted in the second to a 57-47 victory.
Along with Goldman, Sky View had three other players score in double figures as Lindsey Jensen also scored 14 points, and Kylee Hellstern and Kendra Falslev scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Bobcats (7-1) jumped out a to a 17-9 first quarter advantage, and did even better in the second quarter, stretching that lead to 35-14 at the half. Mountain View won the final quarter, 17-9, but it was too little, too late for the Mighty Bruins.