Girls’ basketball: Big third quarter helps Brighton beat Copper Hills
Published: January 15, 2014 09:23AM
Updated: January 14, 2014 11:08PM

In the fourth quarter, Brighton’s Maddie Chin had a chance to sit on the bench and admire her work.

The Bengals were down 34-31 in their Region 3 opener against Copper Hills when Chin got hot. She scored six straight points to start a 20-0 run that helped Brighton cruise to a 62-41 win over Copper Hills on Tuesday night.

“She just scored as part of the offense. She was just the open one at the time. It could have been anyone,” said Brighton coach Jim Gresh. “At halftime, we talked about moving the ball better on offense that’s all. We just wanted to fast-break more and get our offense moving.”

The Bengals outscored the Grizzlies 26-7 in the pivotal third quarter. It was a remarkable turnaround considering Copper Hills appeared to have the momentum early in the quarter.

Sydney May hit a 3-pointer with 5:44 left in the third quarter to give the Grizzlies a 34-31 lead but that’s when Chin went to work.

She found some room inside the paint for an easy layup. Chin then pulled down an offensive rebound and scored to give Brighton a 35-34 lead. The Bengals continued to pound the ball inside to Chin, who scored again.

Dani Barton then scored six straight points before Chin got back in the act. Chin followed up a missed shot, grabbed the rebound and scored.

The Bengals closed out the quarter with baskets from McCall Christensen and Sammie Smith to push the lead to 51-34.

Copper Hills appeared to have the firepower to make a comeback, but the Grizzlies couldn’t get it going in the fourth quarter. It took Copper Hills 4:50 to knock down its first field goal of the quarter. Kiarra Gasu ended the scoring drought with a 3-pointer, but by then the Bengals had a 56-38 lead and it was too late.

Barton led Brighton with 21 points. Chin had 18 and Alyssa Hirschi finished with 10, including eight points in the third quarter.

Savannah Sandberg led Copper Hills with 13 points and Sarah Midgley had 11.

“That’s a real good Copper Hills team,” Gresh said. “We’ve got to go one at a time. We’ve got Jordan next but it’s good to get the first one.”

Storylines

• The Bengals use a 20-0 run in the third quarter to break the game open.

• Brighton doesn’t make a single 3-pointer, but goes 10 for 10 at the free-throw line.

• It takes Copper Hills 4 minutes, 50 seconds to make its first basket goal of the fourth quarter.

• Alyssa Hirschi scores eight of her 10 points in the third quarter.