OGDEN -- It's one of the hardest games to play in the 3-A tournament. First you lose in the quarterfinal round, ending your hopes of a state championship. Then you have to come back and play the first game of the day in the consolation bracket.
But the Bear River Bears overcame that challenge, knocking Carbon out of the tournament with a 56-48 win on Friday morning at the Dee Events Center. The win gives the Bears one more day to fight, this time with fifth place on the line.
"I'm just so proud of the girls to get to the third day," Bears coach Van Park said. "Last year we got to state, but didn't get to the third day. So I'm just really happy for them and it will help the program."
Jordan Theurer, Terrell Fridal and Alyssa Park led a strong fourth quarter effort by the Bears in which they outscored the Dinos 24-14. Theurer led all scorers with 16 points, while Park added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Fridal, despite still feeling the effects of the flu, dominated inside. She finished with eight points, five rebounds and two blocks.
The Bears hit 14-of-19 free throws in the second half and held Carbon to 24.5 percent shooting.
Carbon's Katie Basinger had the shot of the game, nailing a legitimate half-court bomb at the first quarter buzzer. Fortunately for the Bears, the shot didn't affect the final outcome.
The Bears will play Delta on Saturday at 10 a.m.
* DELTA 48, MORGAN 43: At Ogden, in two games during the 3-A state tournament, the Morgan Trojans had things happen to them that are almost unheard of for a Morgan basketball team.
On Thursday night against Desert Hills, they recorded a goose-egg in the first quarter and went 4-for-34 from the floor for the entire game. That's 12 percent shooting. Predictably, the Trojans lost by 22.
That loss dropped the Trojans into the consolation bracket, where they faced Delta on Friday morning. The game against the Rabbits started well enough as Morgan earned a 15-11 lead after one quarter.
But the Trojans' second quarter was a stinker. They watched helplessly as Delta fired up 3-pointer after 3-pointer to the tune of 17 straight points. All told, Delta outscored Morgan 19-2 in the second period.
Morgan made a spirited fourth quarter comeback to pull within three with less than a minute left in the game. But the Trojans couldn't come all the way back from the big first half deficit and fell to the Rabbits, 48-43, knocking them out of the tourney.
Morgan's shooting woes continued against the Rabbits, hitting just 13-of-46 shots (28 percent). Top scorer McKenzie Schenk scored 14 points to lead the Trojans, but went just 3-for-15 from the field. For the two games, the normally reliable Schenk hit only 3-of-22 shots.
After a Lisa VanCampen layup and a quick timeout with about 30 seconds remaining, Morgan got a steal and had a couple of shots to tie the score or get within one, but couldn't get the ball to go in. It was about then that Morgan discovered that they had been playing with only four players on the court for the whole sequence.
The miscommunication was indicative of just how out of sorts the Trojans (19-4) were during the tournament.
Region 17 boys
* LAYTON CHRISTIAN 64, ST. JOSEPH 52: At Ogden, the Eagles and Jayjawks prepared for state 1-A tourney play with a 12-point battle. LCA went unbeaten in region play.
Duce Namazi scored 19 points, and Preston Sill and Ricardo Gomez added 14 each for the LCA (14-8), the defending 1-A champs.
Nick Gruet led St. Joseph (14-6) with 21 points while Sebastian Pomeroy added 10. The 1-A tourney begins Wednesday in Richfield.