<strong>SMITHFIELD—</strong> On the verge of pulling off its biggest upset of the season, the Sky View girls basketball team instead suffered heartbreak in its second consecutive game.
Bonneville’s Cortney Porter hit a 3-pointer from the left elbow with 9.3 seconds left to seal the 49-48 win over Sky View (14-4). Porter scored 14 points – all in the second half – to help keep the Lakers undefeated. Teammates Kayla Eilertson and Emilie Volk also chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Sky View’s Tara Goldman led the Bobcats with 14 points. Danee Evans added 11 second-half points and Lindsey Jensen chipped in 10. Thanks to a furious defensive effort, Sky View outscored Bonneville 30-28 in the second half. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for them to hand Bonneville its first loss of the season.
Bonneville head coach Mike Russell had high praise for the Bobcats, noting that the defensive scheme they used threw him off and “mentally affected” his team.
“Hats off to Sky View, we feel really fortunate to get out of here with a win,” Russell said. “This is a tough place to play, and they have a talented, well-coached team. I would not be surprised to see them in the finals in the playoffs.”
Russell credited his team’s win to its eighteen offensive rebounds and Porter’s hot shooting.
“It took her a while to get going, but she really stepped up for us. It took a lot of confidence for her to take that shot,” Russell said. “Those rebounds, those were huge and they won us the game.”
Sky View jumped out an 11-7 lead after a first quarter in which both teams struggled with turnovers. Bonneville’s Lexie Stratford scored her team’s first six points of the second quarter to help the Lakers take a 21-18 halftime lead. Goldman had eight first-half points for the Bobcats despite being frequently double-teamed when she received the ball in the paint.
Sky View came out aggressively in the third, getting to the free-throw line to take a quick 24-23 lead. However, Porter hit three 3-pointers in a matter of minutes to give the Lakers their biggest lead of the game. Sky View then scored the final seven points of the quarter behind a couple of huge buckets from Evans to tie it at 35-35 going into the fourth.
Jensen and Evans both scored a pair of buckets to put Sky View up 46-41 with three minutes left and the crowd was electric as the undefeated Lakers struggled to make a shot. Volk then had a three-point play and two more free throws to bring her team back within two with less than a minute left. After Jensen missed the front end of a one-and-one, the Lakers got the rebound and got the ball to Porter, who nailed the game-winner.
Goldman was disappointed with the loss, but not with her team’s effort.
“We came ready to play,” Goldman said. “We really tried to shutdown Volk in the second half. It’s a tough loss, but we came in with the mindset that we were going to win the game.”
Bonneville all but clinched the Region 5 title with the win over Sky View. The Bobcats head to Roy on Tuesday to battle the Royals while the Lakers have another road game at Mountain Crest.