TAYLORSVILLE -- After a one-year hiatus, Titan Mania is back with a vengeance.
Four-time defending Region 1 champion Syracuse High proved you can beat the same team three times in a season, while reclaiming its perch atop state 5-A girls basketball hierarchy.
Dominating league foe Weber in the paint and on fast-break points, the Titans wrapped up their second undefeated season in three years Saturday with a 63-50 victory in the 5-A championship game at Salt Lake Community College.
Syracuse was making its third straight title game appearance. The Warriors, on a four-game winning streak and 6-1 in their last seven, were playing in the school's first championship game.
"They came here to win. I expected them to play as well as they did," said Titans senior guard/forward Brittney Martin.
Since Martin's freshman season in 2008-09, Syracuse went 89-5 with two state 5-A titles and a runner-up finish.
"That's a lot of wins," Titans coach Rob Reisbeck said. "We got on the girls at halftime because they weren't playing to the level they could be. The biggest thing is, we just issued a challenge for them.
"Once we got where we needed to be on defense, it opened up our transition game," he said. "That's where we're at our best."
Syracuse (22-0 overall) had a 14-2 advantage in fast-break points, a 15-5 edge in second-chance points and scored 15 points off 17 Weber turnovers.
"We were worried about not letting the same thing happen," said Martin, in reference to the 67-59 setback to Alta in the Feb. 26, 2011, 5-A championship game at SLCC. "It just shows how hard we work in practice. It feels better winning it this year for some reason."
The 18-year-old Martin, who has to be at Oklahoma State by June 3, scored 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting with eight rebounds. She also had a game-high six assists, seven of the Titans' 12 steals and blocked a shot in 31 minutes.
But Martin, the No. 2 scorer in the state 5-A ranks at 18.91 points per game, was sitting on a chair when second half warm-ups commenced. After Reisbeck spoke to her, Martin got up and exited Bruin Arena.
"I was getting frustrated and I needed some time alone," she said. "I get mad at people when I'm frustrated."
Martin rejoined her teammates with 2:05 remaining before the second-half tipoff. Natasha Monroe's baseline jumper with 1.4 seconds left gave Syracuse a 26-25 halftime lead.
Syracuse opened the third quarter with a 7-zip spurt, and an 18-6 run fueled a 13-point lead at the 1:16 mark.
"Our coaches said it's not about what we're doing," Martin said. "It's about heart and who has it; they challenged us. I guess we answered the bell."
Junior southpaw center Courtney Starks rang up her second 5-A tournament double-double with a career-high 19 points -- going 8-of-10 from the floor -- and a game-high 13 rebounds with five offensive boards.
"I didn't expect this type of game from me," she said. "Weber was focusing on Mak (Makenlee Williams) and Brittney. I knew I had to step up and fill a spot. Weber was fronting and backing me in the post, so I was just trying to find the gaps."
Utah State-bound Williams, a guard/forward, drew her second personal foul just 3:52 in. She fouled out with 3:14 remaining and the Titans up 16 points.
"A win is a win and that's all that matters," said Williams, who scored a career-low two points on 1-of-7 shooting. She grabbed six rebounds and dished off five assists for Syracuse, which shot 46.7 percent (28-of-60), missed eight 3-balls (1-of-9), had a 38-29 rebounding advantage and outscored Weber 46-22 in the paint.
"It was frustrating and I didn't want it to end like that," Williams said. "We're state champions and that's all that matters. The first 5-A title (in 2010) was unbelievable. This one is more special; it's my final high school game.
"We let down in the second half of the Alta game last year and we didn't want that to happen again," she said. "We came out and played Syracuse basketball this time."
Senior forward Abby Call hit 6-of-11 shots for 13 points in her best game of the state 5-A tournament.
The senior-junior guard combo of Erica Olpin and Erin Reichle totaled 29 points for the Warriors (18-7), who shot 39.0 percent (16-of-41) -- 50.0 percent (4-of-8) on 3-point attempts -- and scored eight points off 14 Titans' turnovers.
Olpin scored a team-high 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting with five rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes. Reichle was 3-of-8 from the floor for 14 points with two 3s, two assists and three steals in 31 minutes.
"I knew Weber would come ready to play; they did all three times against us," Reisbeck said. "Playing four games in five days, I think fatigue set in for them. We're deep and we've had different players step up all year. We knew coming into the season that would be the case.
"It's nice we finished this off the right way," he said. "This will make the rest of the school year special."