Prep girls' basketball: Chin leads Brighton to win over Pleasant Grove
Cottonwood Heights • Maddy Chin found a weakness in Pleasant Grove's defense, and her teammates got her the ball.
Over, and over, and over again.
Chin scored a career-high 26 points many on baseline jumpers as Brighton pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 53-43 victory Wednesday night against the visiting Vikings.
Chin, a junior forward, slid back and forth along the baseline and exploited an opening every time the Vikings helped defend the ball-handler.
"The team got the ball there for me," said Chin, who entered the game averaging 15 points per game. "The whole team contributed tonight."
The Bengals (6-2) got 11 points from point guard Lindsey Johnson as they won their third in a row. Brighton led 33-32 through three quarters before Chin took over.
She scored 10 of the Bengals' first 12 points in the fourth quarter, and her three-point play with just over 2 minutes to play put the game out of reach at 45-37.
"We try to get her the ball whenever we can," Brighton coach Jim Gresh said. "She just tries to find an opening. She's good at that. It might be the baseline, might be the middle wherever we can get her the ball."
Pleasant Grove (3-4) struggled with 11 first-half turnovers, and it shot just 4 of 12 from the free-throw line. Perhaps most importantly, the Vikings struggled from 3-point range.
After averaging six 3s a game through their first six games, the Vikings shot just 4 of 11 from beyond the arc, and didn't make a 3-pointer in the first half. Savanah Robinson, one of the top 3-point shooters in Class 5A, was held to two points.
"Our goal was to stop the ball, and stop their scorers from shooting the 3," Chin said.
Pleasant Grove's McKenna Miles scored 16 points but shot just 6 of 19 from the field.