OGDEN — They cannot win the league title — Morgan High is this season’s Region 11 champion — but the Bears are in the driver’s seat for a runner-up finish and home game in the state 3-A playoffs.
Overcoming a turnover-plagued first half, Bear River settled in — outscoring the one-win Scots by 14 points during the second half — regaining the winning formula Wednesday in a 51-36 runaway.
“I was disappointed with our effort in the first half,” said Bears coach Van Park. “We didn’t have the intensity on defense and in rebounding like we normally do.
“You could tell the focus wasn’t there in the first half with 19 turnovers, and Ben Lomond was very active with its hands,” he said. “We had better ball movement in the second half and were making the extra pass.”
Da Bears (9-10 overall, 7-3 league) are 6-4 in their last 10 going into today’s game versus Grantsville in Memorial Gymnasium — a rare back-to-back-to-back.
Sophomore Alyssa Park splashed in four 3-pointers for a team-high 12 points with six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jordan Theurer, who sat out the final 7:50 after banging heads with Ben Lomond’s Sydney Bucher, tossed in 11 points with five boards, one assist and a steal.
Paige Roholt had 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and six steals for Bear River, which shot 36.0 percent (18 of 50), was 38.4 percent (5 of 13) from deep and committed 22 turnovers.
Bucher scored a game-high 15 points — 11 first-quarter points — for the Scots (1-16, 1-8), who lost their sixth consecutive game after starting 0-10.
Ben Lomond missed 13 free throws and committed 23 turnovers.
“I give Ben Lomond a lot of credit to come out and play like it did for a team without a lot of wins,” coach Park said.
The Scots’ last winning season and 3-A tournament appearance came in the 2009-10 season.