Friday , December 08, 2017 - 11:26 PM
PLAIN CITY — For all the shuffling, scuffling, shoving and strategizing that went into play between six timeouts spread over the final 1:44 Friday evening, Viewmont finally sought solace from something simple — a pair of free throws by Melissa Sorenson.
In a back and forth game that wasn’t decided until a long-distance 3 came up short at the buzzer, Viewmont escaped with a 46-43 victory over Fremont in a rollicking non-region shootout.
Haylee Doxey scored on a rebound basket to pull Fremont within one at 44-43 at the 1:44 mark of the fourth quarter and the only two points scored the rest of the game came from the Sorenson charity tosses with 47.1 ticks left.
“I knew I had to make them and I knew there was so much pressure on me, but I just shut out the crowd and imagined I was back at practice and I stepped up, got in my routine and they went in,” Sorenson said.
Sorenson finished with seven points, including 5 of 6 from the free-throw line, and added 10 rebounds and two blocks on the defensive end.
“I knew (Fremont center) Emma (Calvert) was really good,” Sorenson said. “She was taller than me and I knew I had to play solid defense, so I had to work hard on rebounding, not let her get a second shot, and had to do my job.”
Neither team led by more than six points in the second half and the game was tied or the lead changed hands six times in the third quarter before Kenna Morris put the Vikings ahead for good at 34-33 with a jumper from the right angle.
“That’s my role on the team, just get in and get the shots,” Morris said. “Coach (Clint) Straatman tells me whenever I’m open to shoot it, and that time I was the open man.”
Morris led the Vikings with 14 points on a perfect 4 of 4 from 3-point land, while Mercedes Staples checked in with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Viewmont trailed 10-1 early, crawled back in it with an 11-3 run and took its initial lead at 21-19 on Morris’ fourth three of the first half with 1:14 remaining until the break.
“We had a bit of a letdown from our win against Copper Hills the other night,” Straatman said. “We didn’t play like ourselves; we turned the ball over like crazy. We just didn’t play like we normally do. I’m glad we survived to win; Fremont is a good team.”
“She (Fremont coach Lisa Dalebout) is a really good coach and we knew we were in for a battle. We had to make sure our team was doing what it was supposed to at the end,” he said.
Fremont had four players score all its points, paced by Calvert’s 14. Abby Broadbent checked in with 12 points (seven in the first-quarter run), Doxey had 11 and Berkley Larson netted six.
WEBER 67, TAYLORSVILLE 48
PLEASANT VIEW – Weber led Taylorsville 30-18 at halftime and ran away from the other Warriors in the second half.
Taylor Morris led Weber with 22 points. Megan Smoot added 17 and Paige Aardema scored 10.
CLEARFIELD 62, WEST 49
CLEARFIELD – Clearfield outscored West 21-9 in the second quarter to take control and get the home win.
Haylie Anderson led Clearfield with 22 points, five rebounds, five steals and five assists. Jill Thalman had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kiersten Boyack and Brynnley Christiansen each scored 12 points for the Falcons.
ROY 47, NORTH SUMMIT 42
PRESTON, Idaho – Josie WIlliams scored 30 points to lead Roy over North Summit at the Preston High School Tournament.
North Summit’s Kennady McQueen nearly matched Williams’ output with 22 points.
Roy will face Soda Springs (Idaho) in the championship game Saturday.
SODA SPRINGS-ID 48, BEAR RIVER 40
PRESTON, Idaho – Soda Springs (Idaho) outscored Bear River 17-5 in the third quarter to take control in a game at the Preston High School Tournament.
Rachel Fronk led Bear River with 15 points while Natalie Cottle scored six on two 3-pointers.
Bear River will face North Summit on Saturday in the tournament’s third-place game.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 62, BOUNTIFUL 23
OREM – Bountiful could manage only six points in the first half in the loss at Mountain View.
Jaimee Stahle led Bountiful with 14 points.
LAYTON 67, LEHI 52
LEHI – Layton outscored Lehi 33-21 in the second half to capture the road win.
Kaitlyn Viator led the way scoring 17 for the Lancers. Meg Edwards, Brenda Gallegos, Daisey Barker each scored 10 points.
MORGAN 68, OGDEN 23
OGDEN – Morgan outscored Ogden 43-6 in the first half on the way to the big win.
Jacie House led Morgan with 12 points. Kayden Jorgensen, Makennah Morrell and Paige Gleason each scored nine points while Morgan Cragun added eight.
Brynn Soelberg and Makin Clarke each scored eight points to lead Ogden.
WOODS CROSS 68, MURRAY 48
WOODS CROSS – Murray led by one point after two quarters, but Woods Cross dominated the Spartans after halftime for the home win.
Sara Noel led the Wildcats with 31 points while Olivia Barton added 14.
HERRIMAN 69, SYRACUSE 42
HERRIMAN – Herriman held Syracuse to 10 points over the second and third quarters combined on the way to the home win.
Ashley Agren, Dani Lopez, Paityn Williams, and Emily Thomas each scored seven points for Syracuse.
Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.
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