Prep girls' basketball: Bingham beats American Fork, finishes regular season at 21-0
American Fork • False alarm.
American Fork students can now take a seat. Storming the court will have to wait.
If it's any consolation, Bingham does this to everyone.
Bingham capped off a perfect regular season Tuesday night with a 51-43 win, spoiling what looked like it could have been the upset of the season.
The Miners used 22 points from Jilian Powell, including six free throws in the fourth quarter, to fend off a spirited American Fork team.
"I'm pretty shocked to be honest with you. I thought we would have an ok team this year. I never thought in my wildest dreams we'd win 21," said Bingham coach Rand Rasmussen. "The bottom line is it probably makes life a little tougher. We're the hunted now. I'd rather come in the back door but I don't think that's going to happen."
After trailing for nearly the entire first half, Bingham outscored the Cavemen 13-5 in the third quarter to open up a 34-29 lead.
Megan Eilson scored for the Cavemen with 5:33 left in the game to cut the Bingham lead to 34-33, but American Fork couldn't cool off Powell. She knocked down a 3-pointer and then hit a free-throw-line jumper to push the lead to 39-33.
Bryanna Adams helped the Cavemen hang around. She scored to cut the lead to 45-41 with 2:15 left to play, but once again Powell answered. She made six straight free throws in the final 1:30 to put the game away.
The win helped Bingham improve to 21-0 overall and 10-0 in Region 4. It's a remarkable achievement, but it wasn't one that the Miners will be satisfied with. They will enter the state 5A tournament as the team to beat.
"I think we'll handle it just fine. We put a lot of pressure on them every day in practice, anyway. Our practices are like Iraq," Rasmussen said. "So I don't think it's going to be a big deal. Whether we'll win it or not I don't know, there's other good teams. We're just one of them."
American Fork finished the regular season at 17-5 overall and 7-3. The Cavemen were led by 12 points from Cassidy Fraughton.
Storylines Bingham 51, American Fork 43
R The Miners fend off an upset bid to finish the regular season at 21-0 overall and 10-0 in Region 4.
• Jilian Powell makes six free throws in the final 1:30 to keep Bingham ahead.