BOUNTIFUL -- It's hard to believe Northridge led late in the first half Friday evening, before Viewmont broke the ice in the closing minutes of the second quarter and splashed cold water on the Knights in the second half to sail away with a 71-56 Region 1 victory.
Held to no field goals until the 2:04 mark of the second stanza and just two free throws during a 16-2 Northridge blitz, the Vikings righted the ship and took a 35-29 lead into the locker room at the break.
"We lost focus, didn't defend or rebound and got into foul trouble," said Viewmont coach Jeff Emery. "We put them on the free throw line; handed them points and gave them the opportunity to make a run; those free throws are unguarded with the clock stopped."
Northridge went 10-of-12 from the foul line in the first half and held a 27-26 edge before the Vikings countered with a 9-2 burst to close out the half.
"The last two-and-a half minutes of the half, we showed better patience on the offensive end, got to the free throw line and knocked some one-and-ones down," Emery said. "That steadied the boat for us; we were still up six at the half and then we wanted to go into the third quarter and go up by eight to 10 so we would be in good shape to start the fourth quarter."
Viewmont (12-6 overall, 7-1 league) did just that, leading 50-40 behind eight points by McKay Butler, who finished the night with 18 points on 7-of-8 from the field and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.
The Vikings broke it open with back-to-back corner threes to open the fourth period by Butler and Porter May who came off the bench to lead the team with 19 points, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
"You typically have two to three starters who will lead you in scoring, so it is great when you can have Porter come off the bench and contribute; getting a fourth guy into the scoring column. We went from a seven point lead to 13 in two possessions," Emery added.
McKay Johnson also netted double figures for Viewmont with 10 points and led the Vikings in rebounds, hauling down six.
Viewmont held Northridge (7-11, 2-5) to 34 percent shooting for the game, 29.9 percent in the second half.
Jrue Perkins led the Knights with 12 points, while Jake Bigler checked in with 10 points, on only 1-of-10 from the field but a perfect 7-of-7 from the unguarded free throw line. Dayan Lake also notched double digits with 10 points off the bench before fouling out in the rough waves of the Viking wake.