Taylorsville • The Bingham girls’ basketball team has struggled and has dealt with losing a star player. But even without Summer Yack, the Miners proved Tuesday night they can still win when it matters.
Bingham stirred up the Class 5A state tournament with a 66-55 first-round upset of No. 1-seeded Taylorsville, a statement for the depth and resilience of its team. Charging hard from the start and holding a double-digit lead for most of the night, the Miners earned themselves a quarterfinals berth.
Every player on the team had No. 10 and No. 35 written on their calves — for injured teammates Yack and Ana Lokatui — to help them remember they were playing for one another.
“I think it came down to who wanted it more,” said Shelby Richards, who finished with a career-high 23 points. “It was definitely tough [to lose Yack], but it really motivated us to win and improved our unity.”
The Miners didn’t look much like an underdog, seizing a 19-6 lead early. The Warriors as a team managed only four field goals in the first half, and Bingham worked the boards to take advantage of Taylorsville’s shaky shooting.
Lone Peak 58, Kearns 47 • The Knights took an early lead and held on for win over Kearns after losing their first round games each of the past two seasons. Four Lone Peak players scored in double figures.
Syracuse 84, Copper Hills 35 • Syracuse was far from any danger of upset, gaining a 27-8 lead in the first quarter and holding the Grizzlies to only five field goals in the final three quarters. Makenlee Williams led Syracuse’s offense with 27 points, including five 3-pointers.
Alta 67, Davis 55 • The Darts pressured Alta for most of the game, but the Hawks pulled away late as Chloe Ferre shot lights-out from long range with six 3-pointers. Ferre finished with 24, and Makenzi Morrison added 23 for Alta.
American Fork 55, Hunter 44 • American Fork showed some early nerves against Hunter, but the Cavemen made the correct adjustments to win. Cassidy Fraughton led with 18, Ashley Baugh netted 12 and lone senior Sadie Williams scored 14.
Layton 66, West Jordan 42 • Layton’s Courtnee Wood scored a career-high 28 points as the Lancers outpaced the Jaguars. West Jordan was plagued by cold shooting in the first half, but Annie Oliver led the team with 12 points.
Riverton 49, Granger 34 • Six Silverwolves scored seven or more points as Riverton cruised against the Lancers. Granger managed only 14 points in the first half, struggling against the Silverwolves’ defense.
Weber 47, Brighton 31 • The Warriors surged in the fourth quarter, going on a 14-7 run to end the game and assure the upset victory. Weber held the Bengals to only eight points in the first half. Erin Reichle led the Warriors with 13.
Rich Winter contributed to this roundup.
4A quarterfinals (Wednesday)
2:30 p.m. • Timpanogos vs. Bonneville
4:10 p.m. • Skyline vs. Maple Mountain
5:30 p.m. • Mountain Crest vs. Salem Hills
7:15 p.m. • Springville vs. Sky View
5A quarterfinals (Thursday)
2:30 p.m. • Bingham vs. Weber
4:10 p.m. • Layton vs. Riverton
5:30 p.m. • Alta vs. American Fork
7:15 p.m. • Lone Peak vs. Syracuse