BRIGHAM CITY -- The Blueshirts are halfway home.
Bonneville High is unbeaten through the first half of league play with three of its last five regular-season games at home.
"We have to keep the mindset of having a target on our back and play our best every game. We can achieve our goals if we do that," said Lakers senior shooting guard/small forward Emilie Volk.
Volk, who has signed with Fresno State, splashed in a game-high 20 points -- 15 during the first half -- on 8-of-11 shooting Thursday in Bonneville's decisive 51-29 Region 5 runaway over the Bees.
The Lakers (16-0 overall, 5-0 league), one of the state's four undefeated high school girls basketball teams, limited Box Elder (10-6, 1-4) to a season-low point total and single-digit scoring in the first three quarters.
"Our defense was pretty good," said the 17-year-old Volk, who had six rebounds, two assists, four steals and two turnovers. "We played straight man-to-man except for a few possessions. Our defense is a rock for us. We take a lot of pride in that.
Junior point guard Cortney Porter -- coming off a career-high 26 points Tuesday at Roy -- was just 2 of 7 from the floor, including 1 of 4 on 3-point attempts, for five points.
But Porter dished off 11 assists with two rebounds, five steals and one turnover for defending league champion Bonneville, which shot 44.4 percent (20 of 45) and was 33.3 percent (3 of 9) from deep.
The Lakers committed 11 turnovers with 29 boards, 17 assists and 15 steals.
"I couldn't have done it without good passes. It was a good team effort," Volk said. "We're always making the extra pass, sometimes passing up an open shot, and being selfless.
"Tonight we approached the game with a stronger mental attitude and more in an attack mode," she said. "It's going to be tougher for us the second half of league play. We need to play our best, game in and game out."
Volk departed the game with 2:27 remaining and the Lakers leading by 24 points.
Bonneville had its three freshmen, Sam Filiaga, Savanna Shaw and Hannah Shore, on the floor the latter part of the fourth quarter.
"I've grown close to them as the season has progressed," Volk said. "It's awesome to see them growing and developing as players."
Mitzi Munns scored a team-high 12 points and McCall Uyematsu had nine for the Bees, who dropped their third straight.
Box Elder, which trailed 31-7 at halftime, shot 21.1 percent (8 of 38) -- 25.0 percent (2 of 8) from 3-point range -- with 35 rebounds, 22 turnovers and seven steals.
The Bees, who have surpassed last season's five victories, are only 3-5 in their last eight games after a 4-0 start.
In the other Region 5 game that was played, Sky View topped Logan 68-57 thanks to Lindsey Jensen's 27 points.