Girls basketball: Falcons hold out tourney hopes

Feb 7 2012 - 11:22pm

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(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) Falcons’ Saige Marsh (left) wrestles with Highland’s Maryanne Koeven for control of the ball in Clearfield’s home win Tuesday.
(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) Falcons’ Jocelyn Jones (left) eyes a Highland dribbler during a 51-38 win Tuesday night in Clearfield.
(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) Falcons’ Saige Marsh (left) wrestles with Highland’s Maryanne Koeven for control of the ball in Clearfield’s home win Tuesday.
(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) Falcons’ Jocelyn Jones (left) eyes a Highland dribbler during a 51-38 win Tuesday night in Clearfield.

CLEARFIELD -- Led by senior guard Mikenzey Wiberg's game-high 18 points, the Falcons picked up their third Region 6 win and kept their state tournament hopes alive with a 51-38 win over visiting Highland High on Tuesday night.

Wiberg helped Clearfield take a 24-21 lead at the half and the Falcons never looked back, keeping the Rams at bay with an 18-of-26 performance from the charity stripe.

"We shot very well on the line tonight," Clearfield coach Rebecca Packer said. "That was probably the biggest thing we did well. It was huge."

Highland had success at the start, led by junior guard Halie Bell, whose trio of first-half 3-pointers kept the Rams in front early.

Bell's nine points led Highland's scoring, followed by sophomore forward Dominique Needham's eight and senior guard Stephanie Kaufusi's seven points.

Aggressive play put the Rams in foul trouble early which paid off for the Falcons as the infractions meant easy points. Clearfield's Jocelyn Jones scored nine points and junior forward Kaitlyn Stratton contributed eight.

The win keeps Clearfield (3-5 in Region 6) in the hunt for a state tournament spot, putting the Falcons two games ahead of fifth-place East, which lost to Bountiful on Tuesday night.

"Our next game is against East," Packer said of their Friday evening night showdown. "Defense has been one of our strengths throughout most of the year and we'll really need to maintain our defense against them."

In other Region 6 games, Bountiful topped East 56-38 and Woods Cross hosted Cyprus.

Region 5

* BONNEVILLE 59, SKY VIEW 40: At Smithfield, Kayla Eilertson's 19 points paced the Lakers. Emilie Volk added 14 and Cortnie Porter had 10 in the win.

* ROY 67, LOGAN 58: At Logan, the Royals won on the road behind 20 points from Kaitlyn Hurley.

Region 17

* ST. JOSEPH 44, INTERMOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN 29: At Ogden, the Katies led the way for the Jayhawks.

Katie Berry scored a game-high 19 points and Katie Panushka added 11 for St. Joseph.

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