Taylorsville • Long on the defensive end, good offensive motion with sharp passing and balanced scoring. There really wasn’t much not to like when it came to undefeated Bonneville at the opening round of the Class 4A tournament on Tuesday.
Except if you’re the team that had to play the Lakers.
That happened to be Maple Mountain, which fell 50-31 at Salt Lake Community College as Bonneville (22-0) kept its season-long winning streak alive.
“They’re big, they’ve got a good ballclub. They’re a threat inside and they’ve got the big girls all the way around. They can post up at every position and they’ve got a number of shooters,” said Maple Mountain coach Cory Green after the game. “And they’re long — they get in the passing lanes. And we had tried to prepare for that.”
The Lakers depth in many areas was apparent early. Three Bonneville players swatted away Maple Mountain (14-8) shot attempts in the first quarter while, on the offensive end, four Lakers made it into the assist column by feeding teammates for scores.
When Emilie Volk found Sam Filiaga for a bucket inside, Bonneville took an 11-2 lead midway through the opening period.
“We’re still getting better every day. We haven’t played our best basketball yet,” said Abby Toller, who led the Lakers with 12 points.
The Golden Eagles through three quarters only had scoring contributions from two players — Aleksa Gappmayer and Tarin Strosser. Gappmayer finished with 14 points while Strosser scored nine.
After Gappmayer scored with 2:04 left in the first quarter, to make the score 11-5, Bonneville then went on a 12-0 run that stretched nearly to the end of the second.
Bonneville advanced to a state quarterfinal game at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. It’s the same round where the Lakers fell to eventual 4A champ Timpanogos a year ago.
“It’s definitely a big game for us, a big obstacle that we have to get past,” Toller said. “Last year, we had a good team. This year, we just have so much chemistry and we work together - we never get down on each other.”