Bears use late surge to defeat Ogden

Dec 20 2013 - 12:38am

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OGDEN -- One team needs to learn how to finish; the other team finished with a flourish.

Da Bears tried to kiss off a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead with Ogden High making a living at the free-throw line.

After Deborah Belnap capped a 10-0 Tigers' spurt with 3 of 4 foul shots with 2:30 remaining, Bear River closed with a 5-0 run spanning the game's final 1:19 Thursday to hold off Ogden 40-36 in a non-league game at Phil Russell Basketball Court.

"Up until today, I would say we were playing with more confidence and not panicking. That wasn't the case today," said Bear River coach Van Park. "We have to play better with the lead and get open when people are putting pressure on us."

The Bears led 33-19 with 6:53 remaining, but got outscored 17-9 in the fourth quarter. Ogden converted 10 of 15 fourth-quarter free throws, but went scoreless over the last 2:30.

"We really panicked in the second half," coach Park said. "That's young girls letting fouls and the officials get them frustrated. We were giving Ogden too many chances to score and rest with the clock stopped."

Belnap made the first of two foul shots following a technical foul with 2:30 left, giving the Tigers their first and only lead, 36-35.

Alyssa Park made the back end of a two-shot opportunity to tie the score 36-all at 1:19. Jordan Fitting, who left the game after twisting her right ankle at 5:42 of the third quarter, dropped in a layup with 30.6 seconds left.

Ogden, which missed two fouls shots at 43.9 seconds and then a layup with 11.4 seconds remaining, threw the ball away at 2.2 seconds.

Fitting found a streaking Alyssa Park with a long pass; Park's layup was the clincher.

"We played three games in a row last week and we have three straight this week, so the girls are probably a little tired," coach Park said. "Fatigue had an affect on their shooting.

"In the second half, we did a lot better job of rebounding," he said. "With 18 steals and 22 deflections, our defense was pretty active. We played a 1-2-2 matchup zone that extends into a half-court trap."

Terrell Fridal finished with a team-high 11 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with 2:30 remaining. Alyssa Park scored nine points with six boards and three steals, and Tamika Rodriguez had nine points and four steals.

Jenny Bitner had two points, three assists and four steals for Da Bears (5-4 overall), who have won two straight and are 5-1 in their last six games after starting 0-3. Bear River had 28 turnovers.

"I'm OK with the 5-4 record considering who we have played," said coach Park. "I like how Terrell is progressing in the post being as undersized as she is. It's going to have to be inside-out for us with teams trying to take away Alyssa from the perimeter."

Xena Motes scored a game-high 13 points for the Tigers (2-4) and Belnap had eight. But Ogden committed 32 turnovers.

"We made a good run at the end and finally decided to play like we can," said first-year Ogden coach Tyler Herzog. "The second half was the best half we've played this season. If there is anything we take away from this, it's that we didn't quit.

"The girls never gave up, which is all I can ask of them," he said. "We just took a little too long to get started. The comeback is all them; we gave ourselves a chance to win."

* GRANGER 60, BOX ELDER 55: At Highland, the Bees made a surge to force overtime, but ran out of gas in the extra period.

Box Elder trailed by six at halftime, but worked back into the hotly-contested game. In the late-going, Lexi Barlow knocked down a 3-pointer to tied the game and send it to OT.

Keslee Stevenson scored 23 points to lead the Bees, who also got 14 from Barlow and 10 from Casey Quayle.

The Lancers were led by Kelsie Morandy, who had 17 points, while Jessica Matheson and Melisa Kadic added 14 apiece.

* BINGHAM 43, WEBER 33: At Pleasant View, the Weber defense played well but the Warriors still came up a few points short of the win at home.

"We're working to get better," Weber coach Mark Hansen said. "The defense is about where we need it to be."

The Miners led by three at halftime, then pushed the lead early in the third quarter. Weber made several runs but couldn't get over the hump.

Abbie O'Neill led the Warriors with 10 points.

Sheradyn Parker led Bingham with 11 points; Madison Loftus added nine on three 3-pointers.

* WEST 58, CLEARFIELD 52: At Salt Lake City, the Falcons' second-half surge came up short on the road.

Miriam Organista scored a game-high 26 points with four 3-pointers to propel the Panthers.

The Falcons, down 32-15 at halftime, battled through the second half to close the margin. A 9 of 17 effort at the foul line didn't help much.

Bailee Douglas scored 13 points, hitting three 3-pointers, for Clearfield. Tayley Stoddart added 12 points, and Lexi Taylor chipped in with 10 points.

* SKY VIEW 65, MOUNTAIN VIEW 49: At Orem, the cold weather didn't slow the visiting Bobcats, who jumpe ahead early and coasted.

Lindsey Jensen totaled 27 points and knocked down three 3-pointers to propel the Bobcats, who outscored Mountain View by 21 points in the opening half.

In other action, Rich topped Manila 69-33 in the Flaming Gorge Classic, while the Logan-Juan Diego game was postponed.

 

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