Girls basketball: Lakers get ugly win over Griz

Feb 2 2012 - 11:19pm

WASHINGTON TERRACE -- It was not smooth sailing this week for the league-leading Lakers.

First up was a rocky six-point road win Tuesday over last-place Box Elder. Then Thursday, Bonneville had to regroup after a turnover-plagued, three-point third quarter to subdue the Grizzlies 49-37 and remain undefeated in Region 5.

"I think we had a good first half," Lakers junior guard/forward Emilie Volk said. "We weren't up on our feet like we should have been on defense and they got some 3-pointers. We couldn't miss when we were up there (shooting 49.1 percent in a 65-39 win on Jan. 17). I think we were ready; our shots weren't falling as much."

Volk splashed in a season-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, going 2-of-3 from downtown. She rang up a double-double with 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals for Bonneville (15-3 overall, 7-0 league), which swept its ninth consecutive victory in its final home game this season.

"Being 'Senior Night' made us want to play harder," the 16-year-old Volk said. "The situation at Box Elder was a wake-up call and we don't overlook anyone. We have to play our game and not just sneak by."

The Lakers shot only 34.5 percent (20-of-58) -- 25.0 percent (4-of-16) from 3-point range -- and outrebounded Logan 50-28. Bonneville committed 18 turnovers with 16 assists and six steals.

Senior Krista Barker went 4-of-9 from the floor for a season-high 10 points with three boards and three assists. Sophomore Kayla Eilertson tossed in eight points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Lakers, who watched a 23-point lead dissipate to just 10 after three quarters.

"I'm excited for next week (playing Sky View and Mountain Crest)," Volk said. "Coming in (as a new player) and to possibly be on a region championship team would be great with the three seniors. It's exciting."

Sophomore Megan Mills had a team-high 11 points for Logan (8-10, 1-6), which shot a frosty 25.6 percent (11-of-43) and turned the ball over 12 times in its third straight loss.

* ROY 68, BOX ELDER 51: At Roy, the Royals focused on defense and rebounding and picked up a must win on their home court.

"We've been struggling in those areas; tonight we took care of things much better," Roy coach Brock Randall said.

Kaitlyn Hurley tallied 20 points, Jordynn Barrera added 18 and Sidney Bodily added a dozen for the Royals (9-9, 2-5 league)

Brooke Mueller led Box Elder (5-13, 1-6) with 13 points.

In the other game, Sky View topped Mountain Crest 55-50 in Smithfield.

Region 11

* OGDEN 62, STANSBURY 53: At Ogden, Amy Ulrich scored a season-high 19 points and Haley Lythgoe added 15 and Morgan Jones had 13 for the Tigers (8-10, 5-5).

* MORGAN 65, TOOELE 39: At Morgan, just one game stands between the Morgan Trojans' girls basketball team and another undefeated romp through Region 11 competition.

After going 10-0 in league play a year ago, the Trojans need only to defeat Ogden next Tuesday to finish with a perfect 12-0 mark this time around. Morgan (16-4 overall) cruised to a 65-39 win over Tooele on Thursday to extend its region winning streak to 11 games and 12 games overall.

Sophomore Rashel Blazzard had 18 points, five steals and three assists, while fellow sophomore McKenzie Schenk added a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Trojans to the easy victory.

"They're good, they know how to play ball," Morgan coach Brad Matthews said of his super sophs. "And they're getting better. That was probably Blazzard's best game getting the ball where it needed to be, being smart and taking good shots. It was good to watch her play that well."

The Trojans' lead hovered around 15-20 points for much of the second and third quarters, but a 10-0 run midway through the third period gave Morgan a 29-point lead, allowing Matthews to empty his bench.

Senior center Kelsey Henry scored eight points despite early foul trouble and Keirsha Dickson added seven off the bench for Morgan, which hasn't lost since Dec. 16. During their winning streak the Trojans have outscored their opponents by nearly 25 points per game. But Matthews knows there's much improvement to be made before the state playoffs begin in two weeks.

"With a team as young as we've got, there's always things to work on," Matthews said. "For the most part tonight I was impressed with how we moved the ball. It was beautiful watching them make the extra pass for an open shot."

Marina Jaramillo led the Buffaloes (4-6, 8-11) with 15 points, while Becca Smaellie added 12.

Bear River played at Grantsville in the other game.

Region 17

* LAYTON CHRISTIAN 43, WEST RIDGE 40: At Layton, the Eagles won a nip-and-tuck game with a bunch of late baskets.

shalya Simpson scored 15 points and Alissa Atisme checked in with 14 points and five steals. Mahogany Collier added eight rebounds for the Eagles (10-5, 5-2).

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