GARLAND -- How does a fourth-place team with no seniors overcome 26 turnovers and win a first-round state 3-A tournament game on the road against a league co-champion?
By winning the rebounding battle and getting to the free-throw line 41 times.
Region 11 co-champion Bear River had its girls basketball season abruptly terminated Friday in a 54-46 setback to Cedar City -- the same team that knocked Da Bears out of the 2013 3-A quarterfinals at Weber State University's Dee Events Center -- in Memorial Gymnasium.
"This is not the way we wanted it to end," said Bear River coach Van Park. "We played kind of nervous and not relaxed. I felt like our girls were ready and confident.
"I knew we had one of the toughest first-round draws. I watched plenty of film on them," he said. "I knew it would be a dogfight and come down to who could hit shots and get rebounds."
The Redmen (13-10 overall) won their fourth consecutive game -- they are 7-4 spanning their last 11 -- in advancing to Thursday's state 3-A quarterfinals versus Carbon at Southern Utah University.
"I didn't mention that Cedar beat us last year until right before the game. The girls that were here last year did remember," Park said. "You lose and you're done (playing for a state title), and they wanted to get to Cedar City. That put a little more pressure on them."
Cedar City, which took third place at the 2013 3-A tournament, converted 10 of 17 fourth-quarter free throws after opening the quarter in a four-corners offense.
"When they spread us out and kicked the ball back out, we were tired. We couldn't stay with them man-to-man and had to play zone," Park said. "I can see why they went four-corners. I was surprised they did, but I would have done the same thing. They have good ballhandlers who are good at kicking it back out."
Bear River, down five points entering the fourth quarter, never got closer than six despite splashing in three 3-pointers in the game's final 1:27.
"A big key was Terrell (Fridal) cramping up, and Kenzi (Summers) getting into foul trouble. Kenzi never really got a chance to play," Park said. "We didn't get too many rebounds."
Fridal had six boards; Summers grabbed three rebounds.
"I told the girls before the game that we had to win the battle of the boards decisively, which we didn't do," Park said. "Not having our two best post rebounders really hurt us."
Da Bears (15-8) had their six-game winning streak snapped. They started the season 0-3 and were 3-4 in their first seven games.
Alyssa Park, one of the coach's two daughters, scored a game-high 15 points on 4-of-12 shooting, including only 2 of 9 from beyond the arc. She came in averaging 15.6 points per game -- No. 4 in the state 3-A ranks -- with 56 triples, which was third-best in the state.
Erin Fox finished with 11 points for Bear River, which shot 32.6 percent (14 of 43) and was just 23.5 percent (4 of 17) on 3-point attempts. The Bears committed 18 turnovers.
Courtney Morley tossed in a game-high 15 points, Shana Foley had 11 and Lisa Ballenger added 10 points for the Redmen, who shot 48.2 percent (14 of 29) -- 28.6 percent (2 of 7) from deep -- and went 24 of 41 at the foul line.