Lady Bobcats pull away from Logan to secure Region 5’s second seed

Sky View's Tara Goldman (34) and Logan's Lauren Mott (25) go after a loose ball during a game played in Smithfield on Feb. 7, 2013. Goldman's double-double helped power the Bobcats past the Grizzlies, 53-47. 

<strong>SMITHFIELD—</strong> Logan had revenge on its mind Thursday, but came up just short of upsetting valley-rival Sky View.

The Bobcats hosted the Grizzlies in a Region 5 matchup that would determine the second place team. Logan rallied back from a large halftime deficit to take a lead with three and a half minutes remaining, but Sky View held off the Grizzlies to win, 53-47.

“You know, I couldn’t ask for anything else,” Logan head coach Sally Fiefia said. “I wished we could have made a couple of our little jumpers there, but everything we worked on we did well. It was a good game.”

The Bobcats were led by senior Tara Goldman’s 18 points and 12 rebounds, while senior Kendra Falslev added 17 points and seven rebounds. Logan was led by seniors Catherine Mount and Lauren Mott who chipped in 13 points apiece.

Logan’s Megan Mills hit a 3-pointer to start the game, but that was the last lead the Grizzlies had in the first half. Sky View responded and jumped out to a 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was more of the same story, as the Bobcats extended their lead to 29-18 at the end of the half.

“I think it was just nerves,” Fiefia said. “We’ve been anxious for this game and preparing and I think it was just a little nerve-racking for us. It took us a minute to get comfortable. Then once we did, we did fine.”

Sky View and Logan exchanged buckets to start the second half. Then with four minutes remaining in the third quarter, Logan went on a 13-0 run, capped by a Mills 3-pointer, to take a two point lead. Sparking that run was the Grizzlies’ defense, which forced several turnovers that turned into fast-break opportunities. Heading into the final quarter of play, the score was tied, 35-35.

Mount had several steals and held Sky View’s leading scorer, Lindsey Jensen, to just two points.

“I told her she had to stay on Jensen. Last time we played them Jensen had 20 or more points on us and she only had two tonight,” Fiefia said. “Offensively she just reads so well and she’s a great point guard. Then Lauren Mott was big rebounding and putting it up. Every one of them just did so well tonight.”

Logan’s Megan Lucherini put the Grizzlies up by three after completing a three-point-play to start the fourth quarter. That’s when Falslev and Goldman took over for the Bobcats. The two combined to score 18 points in the fourth quarter alone.

“I was very concerned when they went ahead by three points because with Viewmont and Bonneville when we got down we didn’t respond. The girls kind of had that look in their eye again, but we turned it on and scored six or eight points right in a row,” SV head coach Kimber Hall said. “They just played well and kept together as a team when they could have easily fallen apart.”

With 3:18 to go in the game and the Bobcats down by one, Sky View went on a 10-0 run, with Falslev scoring eight of those points.

“I definitely couldn’t have done it without my team,” Falslev said. “They had some great passes and some great rebounds. They are just awesome to work with.”

The Grizzlies made a couple buckets late with less than 30 seconds left, but the game was out of reach.

“In the fourth quarter we got right back in it and made the plays we needed to make,” Hall said. “Kendra Falslev, I got on her a little bit this past week, and she played a great game tonight. She had effort, she went to the basket and got rebounds so I just thought she played well. Tara Goldman of course in the middle played well and Danee Evans was all over the place. I thought … those girls just played their hearts out.”

Sky View improved to 6-3 in region and travels to Box Elder Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. for the Bobcats last game of the regular season. Logan drops to 4-5 in region play, and hosts valley-rival Mountain Crest the same day for Senior Night.

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