SYRACUSE - Senior Caitlyn Larsen scored 18 points and four Vikings scored in double figures to lead the Viewmont girls basketball team past Syracuse 69-49 Friday in Region 1's play-in game for the 5-A tournament.
Viewmont will face undefeated Riverton (21-0) in the first round of the 5-A playoffs Tuesday morning at Salt Lake Community College.
The Vikings used a 13-0 run in the first half to take a 19-10 lead, and then closed the Titans out with a 16-4 run in the final quarter. The latter run put Viewmont ahead by 24, its largest lead of the game.
Vikings senior Collette West finished with 15 points, while junior Katie Toole and senior Kauri Tye added 14 and 10, respectively, for Viewmont.
Viewmont shot a staggering 69.6 percent in the second half and made nine of 10 field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter - mostly on shots right underneath the basket.
"We knew we could attack the basket, but we have some really good shooters too, so we do shoot the ball pretty well," Viewmont coach Clint Straatman said. "I think we're getting close to peaking, and that's a beautiful thing right there. We peak right at the right time and you never know."
Juniors Mateah Tuckett and Demi Hamblin each scored 13 to lead Syracuse.
Bryce Valley 31, St. Joseph 20: At Richfield, Bryce Valley's Cinderella story continued with a dominating defensive effort and a 31-20 victory over two-time defending state champion St. Joseph in the 1A semifinals at Sevier Valley Center.
Bryce Valley held St. Joseph to just 12 points through the first three quarters and never led the Jayhawks find momentum.
"Just completely clogged up the lane where we essentially could not drive," St. Joseph coach Joe Cravens said. "It was a terrific game plan and they played extremely hard. It was, to be honest, kind of what we thought it would be. We just couldn't generate any offense."
St. Joseph will face Rich in the third-place game this afternoon at 3 p.m.