PLEASANT VIEW — Playing in a gym named after her late grandfather, Bonneville senior guard Karly Conolly had a game to remember.
Weber High’s Richard R. Conolly Gymnasium hosted a holiday basketball noon-time tip Friday between Bonneville and Weber, and the Lakers sailed away with a 44-35 non-region road victory.
“This is my grandpa’s gym; it’s always fun for me to come and play here because I never got to meet him, so I feel like I want to dedicate it to him because he was such a good coach,” Conolly said. “This is my best game here for sure.”
Conolly led the Lakers with 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting, was 2 for 2 from the foul line and added 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Bonneville (6-4) never trailed and led 27-15 early in the third quarter before Weber finally got untracked.
The Warriors (8-2, 1-0 Region 1) scored 12 straight points on four consecutive three-point plays, a trio of 3s from beyond the arc and a traditional and-one that tied the game at 27 with 4:50 left in the third period.
Weber senior co-captain Paige Aardema nailed two 3s during the run, finished with three overall and totaled 12 points.
“We’re a really good second half team; we rallied around each other and just needed one person to set us off,” Aardema said. “We go on runs and when we caught up with them, it got our heads back in a winning mindset.”
A run like that usually merits a time out, but Bonneville coach Ty Dunyon left his team on the court to weather the storm.
“I wanted them to figure it out and it was after (Weber) tied it up on the and-one that our girls huddled and came together — not have me coach them through everything,” Dunyon said.
Weber went cold and didn’t score another point for 7 minutes, 28 seconds and Bonneville built its lead back to 36-27 at the 5:22 mark of the fourth quarter.
“When things go bad for us offensively, it’s because our defense is lacking. Then we refocused, got back in transition and created out of that,” Dunyon said.
Jenna Czarnecki scored nine points for the Lakers and Courtnie Porter came off the bench to nab eight rebounds.
Sarah Pollard paced the Warriors with 13 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.
“We had a really good practice yesterday. I could tell we were going to come out and compete today,” Dunyon said. “Weber’s good; they’re coached well; they’re physical. I’m just proud of the way our girls played.”
Somewhere, Karly Conolly’s grandfather watched and he was proud, too.