Taylorsville • Even the normally all-business Titans couldn’t hold back their grins. They knew how well they played.
The Syracuse girls’ basketball team is widely considered the favorite to win the Class 5A state tournament. In their first-round game on Tuesday morning, the Titans played the part to near-perfection, notching a dominating 84-35 win over Copper Hills at Salt Lake Community College.
“We want that state title,” senior forward Makenlee Williams said. “That’s what we’re thinking about. We don’t want to let down.”
Syracuse was never in any danger of an upset, building a 27-8 lead in the first quarter and never letting up. The Grizzlies struggled against the Titans’ full-court press, scoring only five field goals in the final three quarters.
Williams led Syracuse’s offense with 27 points, including five 3-pointers. She said she had been smarting from a few lackluster personal performances in the last few games, and was itching for a big day.
“I guess it was just the atmosphere,” Williams said. “I just wanted to play great, and I guess that’s what we did.”
Jayda Bovero scored 15 points, and Brittney Martin added 14 in the win. Savannah Sandberg led Copper Hills with 13 points.
The most impressive aspect of the victory was the intensity — even leading by more than 30 points, the Titans never seemed to lose focus. They kept diving for lose balls and lunging for steals.
Even coach Rob Reisbeck couldn’t seem to think of how his team could’ve started the tournament any better.
“The kids played well,” he said, struggling to suppress a smile. “We’ll celebrate this a little, but we’ll get right to Lone Peak - that’s the next thing on our minds.”
Syracuse rolls in first round
• The Titans waste no time, jumping to a 27-8 lead in the first quarter.
• Makenlee Williams leads Syracuse with 27 points and five 3-pointers.
• Savannah Sandberg scores 13 points for Copper Hills in the loss.