GARLAND -- Da Bears have a date Thursday in the Purple Palace.
In a statistician's nightmare Saturday, Region 11 runner-up Bear River and the Dons combined for a whopping 70 turnovers and 56 free throws in a rough-and-tumble state 3-A playoff game.
The Bears overcame a colossal 33 turnovers, riding Jordan Theurer's career-high 27 points to a 56-48 victory over Spanish Fork and a 3-A quarterfinal-round berth at Weber State University.
"It was a team goal at the start of the season to make the tournament at Weber State," said Theurer, a senior post/wing player. "We definitely have to take better care of the ball if we want to advance in the tournament next week.
"But we had really good defense tonight," she said. "A lot of our girls had steals and tips to keep us in it. Defense won this game for us."
Bear River (12-10 overall) extended its winning streak to four and is 10-4 in its last 14 games going into Thursday's state 3-A quarterfinal game versus Region 9 co-champion Cedar City at 4:10 p.m. in the Dee Events Center.
"I think we're peaking at the right time," said the 17-year-old Theurer, who went 7 of 14 from the floor -- 13 for 17 at the free-throw line -- with two steals and only one turnover.
"I didn't think I scored that much, honestly. I just tried to play aggressively and help my team out," Theurer said. "Actually, I wasn't looking to score. They ran a box-and-one on me, so there were two girls guarding me most of the game.
"I tried to find the open player and got lucky, honestly," she said.
Da Bears shot just 39.1 percent (18 of 46) -- 28.6 percent (2 of 7) on 3-point attempts -- and got outrebounded 33-32.
"It was a physical game and I think we were afraid of getting hit. Spanish Fork is really athletic; I was impressed by them," Theurer said. "It's do-or-die in this format, so we knew we had to win. They were a tough team.
"If we want to do well at state, we have to cut the turnovers down," she said. "We just got nervous and weren't confident with the ball. We just hucked it, they got into the passing lanes and picked it off."
Junior Terrell Fridal and sophomore Alyssa Park each had eight points and eight boards for Bear River, which had eight assists, 14 steals and two blocks.
"We had to step up in the fourth quarter or we would have gotten beat," said Theurer, who scored 14 of the Bears' 22 fourth-quarter points. "We cracked in the third quarter, but we regained our poise in the fourth quarter."
McKinley Brinkerhoff scored a team-high 14 points and Alyssa Brown had 12 for the Dons (9-13), who lost their last three games and were 5-6 in their last 11.
Spanish Fork played Da Bears to a 33-all second-half deadlock.
* DELTA 33, OGDEN 28: At Delta, the Tigers' dreams of a chance to play in the Dee Events Center this coming week came undone in the final eight minutes of an opening-round battle.
Ogden played smart, controlled basketball for three quarters, leading 23-19 at that point.
But the Rabbits got things going their way in the final period, outscoring Ogden by nine points for the victory.
TaNeil Clayton scored 22 points for Delta. Her three 3-pointers gave the Rabbits the momentum they needed.
Morgan Jones led Ogden with eight points, while Katelyn Shaw had five. Amy Ulrich and Nikki Thompson each added four points. The Tigers didn't help their cause too much, only going 6 of 12 at the foul line.