Bonneville's title dream comes to an end

Feb 23 2013 - 12:29am


TAYLORSVILLE -- In their attempt to reach the summit, the Lakers ran out of rope.

Two-time defending Region 5 champion Bonneville, seeking its first state 4-A championship game appearance since a 2006 runner-up finish, didn't have an answer for the tournament-tested Red Devils.

Undefeated Springville, which was making its sixth consecutive 4-A semifinal-round appearance, led wire-to-wire Friday in dealing the previously unbeaten Lakers a 50-43 setback at Salt Lake Community College.

Twice, Bonneville rallied from an 11-point deficit -- an 11-4 run brought the Lakers within two at 2:07 of the second quarter and a 13-4 spurt made it a two-point game going into the fourth quarter.

Playing without junior post player Abby Toller, who fouled out at 22.3 seconds of the third quarter, Bonneville -- which only went seven-deep -- went to a smaller lineup to try and spread Springville out and negate its size advantage inside.

The state 4-A runner-up Red Devils converted 10 of 15 fourth-quarter free throws in advancing to their fifth straight title game today versus Region 8 rival Timpview in Bruin Arena.

"Our attitudes were there today," said Lakers senior guard/forward Emilie Volk. "Their matchup zone we had to work with, but we figured it out and worked our way back in. Our shots weren't falling consistently. We had the effort, but we fell a little short. I'm so proud of everyone."

The 17-year-old Volk, a Frenso State signee, rang up a double-double with 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting and a game-high 13 rebounds. She also had four assists, one steal, a block and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

Junior point guard Cortney Porter was just 3 of 14 from the floor for 13 points with six boards, five assists, four steals and seven turnovers in 32 minutes.

Montana Perkins put in a career-high 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting with four rebounds and two blocks for the Lakers (23-1), who shot 32.7 percent (16 of 49) and were only 17.3 percent (4 of 23) on 3-point attempts.

Bonneville outrebounded Springville 37-28, with 13 offensive boards, but the Red Devils (24-0) scored 15 points off 14 Lakers' turnovers.

"The offensive output we had isn't going to get it done," said Bonneville coach Mike Russell. "Like last year against Timpanogos, we couldn't get into an offensive rhythm.

"One game doesn't define our season and we had a hell of a season. Too bad it has to end like this," he said. "I felt like they played with a little more confidence, not that we didn't have any confidence.

"Coming into the season our motto was 'undefeatable.' It's a mindset we want to have and kids have been great at it," Russell said. "Springville exposed some of our weaknesses and that's on me."

Utah signee Malia Nawahine went 3 of 12 from the floor -- she hit 8 of 11 foul shots -- for a game-high 16 points and four rebounds. She also had three assists, three steals, a block and two turnovers in 32 minutes.

Savannah Park tossed in 14 points, going 7 of 7 at the free-throw line for Springville, which shot 33.3 percent (12 of 36) -- 50.0 percent (5 of 10) from deep -- and committed 10 turnovers leading to six Lakers' points.

* TIMPVIEW 56, SKY VIEW 55 (OT): The Thunderbirds battled back from a fourth-quarter deficit to tie things up, then edged the Bobcats in the extra period.

Lyndie Haddock led Timpview (15-7) with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Lauryn Dela Cruz added 14 points and eight steals and Lacy Haddock had 10 rebounds and eight points.

The Bobcats had an eight-point lead after three quarters. Sky View's Lindsey Jensen scored a game-high 22 points, including five 3-pointers. Kendra Falslev had 10 points and six rebounds and Tara Goldman added seven points, 13 boards and four steals for the Bobcats (19-5).


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