BRIGHAM CITY — The Bees had a shot at punching their playoff ticket, but now will be forced to do it via a play-in game.
Box Elder built a nine-point lead after three quarters of action at home against Sky View on Tuesday evening, but the Bees couldn’t hold off the fast-finishing Sky View Bobcats, falling 65-63 in the Region 5 finale.
A win would have put the Bees into next week’s state 4-A playoffs. Now, Box Elder, Roy and Mountain Crest must play a three-way, two-half game on Thursday to determine the league’s final entry in the tournament.
Lindsey Warner paced Box Elder with 14 points, while Mitzi Munns added 12 points and seven rebounds. Megan Sutton also had a dozen points and Kaylee Rapp tallied nine as the Bees built a 54-49 lead going into the final quarter.
But Sky View went on a 10-0 run to start the final period and played hide-and-seek with the Bees to the final buzzer.
Tara Goldman led four Bobcats in double figures with 25 points. Kendra Falslev added 15 points.
Bonneville 53, Roy 30
At Washington Terrace, the Lakers played their usual strong game on defense and ran away from the Royals in the regular season finale.
Bonneville capped an unbeaten regular season. Now it’s on to the state 4-A tournament, which begins on Tuesday.
“This is a special group, to do what they did against our tough region,” Bonneville coach Mike Russell said.
Kayla Eilertson and Emilie Volk tallied 15 points apiece, while Lexie Stratford added 14 points.
Cortney Porter managed three points, but pulled down eight boards, and added 10 assists and three steals.
Kaitlyn Hurley scored 13 points for Roy, which will now play in Thursday’s play-in contest.
Bonneville built a 21-7 lead after the first period.
• MOUNTAIN CREST 58, LOGAN 45: At Logan, the Mustangs won to force a play-in game later in the week.
• CYPRUS 61, CLEARFIELD 58: At Clearfield, the Falcons came back from 18 points down to take a four-point lead, but fell in the end to the Pirates in a tough league finale.
“We dug ourselves a hole in the first half, but the kids gave it their all in the second half on senior night,” Clearfield coach Rebecca Packer said. “If we play next week with the same intensity that we did tonight in the second half, we’ll have a great opportunity at state.”
Bailey Douglas scored 15 points, while Jocelyn Jones added 13 points. Saige Marsh added 11 points while Kacee Bolingbroke added 10 points. The Falcons shot 11 of 13 at the foul line.
Julie Caputo and Marquessa Gilson had 14 apiece for Cyprus.
• BOUNTIFUL 51, WOODS CROSS 44: At Woods Cross, Kennedy Merrick led all scorers with 12 points for the Bountiful win over Woods Cross.
Camille Horrocks and Hannah Petersen scored 11 points and 10 points, respectively, for Woods Cross.
In the other region finale, Highland topped East 43-35.
• JUAN DIEGO 60, OGDEN 42: At Ogden, the Tigers tunde up for the state 3-A tournament with a loss at home to the Eagles.
Ogden fell behind early, and could never get the momentum going in their direction. The Tigers were also just 6 of 16 at the foul line.
Lancee Whetman led all scorers with 15 points, and Juan Diego outscored Ogden 32-22 in the second half to pick up the win.
Morgan Jones led Ogden with 11, while Amy Ulrich added eight. The Tigers take on Delta in Saturday’s 3-A opener.