Taylorsville • It was a game in which points were scarce, and every possession mattered.
So only when Timpanogos’ Mercedes Riggs started nailing 3-pointers did the game finally swing the Timberwolves’ way for good.
The senior guard was on the mark in the fourth quarter as Timpanogos managed to pull out a 31-25 upset of Bonneville at the Class 4A girls’ basketball tournament Wednesday at Salt Lake Community College. Most of the game was defined by missed shots and aggressive defense, but the Timberwolves found their touch at the end.
“I kind of can’t believe we won, actually,” coach Kawika Akina said. “Bonneville played great defense on us and did a really good job of packing it in, denying our posts. But we’ve kinda been like that all year — playing these games close and winning at the end.”
For much of the game, it was as close as could be. The teams swapped the lead eight times, and were tied 13-13 at halftime. Neither team led by more than a point for most of the second half.
Bonneville ran a tight zone to box up Timberwolves forward Eternity Galeai, while Timpanogos focused on keeping track of Emilie Volk and forcing outside shots. Both teams shot poorly, with the Lakers finishing at 17 percent and the Timberwolves finishing at 31 percent.
But Riggs broke through in the fourth quarter, nailing a pair of 3-pointers to break the back-and-forth pattern. A pair of free throws by Riggs pushed the lead to 28-25, and Galeai put back a missed free throw in the final minute to seal the game.
“You don’t think about it,” Riggs said. “When you think about it, that’s when you miss.”
Once Timpanogos took a lead, the Lakers couldn’t answer.
Volk was hit with a charge, then gave up a late turnover that led to Galeai’s basket.
Volk finished with eight points to lead the Lakers. Riggs scored a game-high 11 points. Timpanogos also dominated on the boards, finishing with a 39-28 rebounding margin.
Skyline 43, Maple Mountain 33 • The Eagles outscored Maple Mountain 25-8 in the second half to get a win. Three Skyline players scored in double digits, led by Ta’a Tuinei’s double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Mountain Crest 61, Salem Hills 54 • Boosted by a 23-10 run in the third quarter, Mountain Crest took a lead it would never surrender. Karlee Kartchner led the effort with 23 points and 16 rebounds, and Emily Moore had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Springville 62, Sky View 55 • Late free throws helped the Red Devils pull away from the Bobcats as No. 4-seeded Springville continued its title defense run. Malia Nawahine scored 24 and had 14 rebounds to lead the Red Devils.
5A quarterfinals (Thursday)
2:15 p.m. • Bingham vs. Weber
4 p.m. • Riverton vs. Layton
5:30 p.m. • American Fork vs. Alta
7:15 p.m. • Syracuse vs. Lone Peak
4A semifinals (Friday)
10 a.m. • Timpanogos vs. Skyline
11:45 p.m. • Mountain Crest vs. Springville
Note • All games at Salt Lake Community College