Orem • Mountain View coach Alan Groves remembers what happened the first time the Bruins played Skyline and so does his team. Some games are just so hard to forget.
Skyline handed the Bruins a 30-point loss Jan. 3. After that loss Mountain View had just one thought: Rematch.
The Bruins got their revenge on Tuesday night when they turned the tables on Skyline for 37-29 win.
“We had an awakening the last game we played them. They came out and kicked our butts in every category, they outworked us and outhustled us,” Groves said. “We had a meeting after that game and said if we want to do something special this year some things have to change and they responded. I couldn’t ask for a better performance defensively and especially on such a big night.”
Clinging to a 24-20 lead to start the fourth quarter, the Bruins jumped on the back of Gentry Oldham, who scored eight of her 16 points in the quarter. Mountain View then made 7 of 8 free throws in the final 1:45 to hold on for the win.
The win helped the Bruins move into a tie with Skyline at 6-1 on top of the Region 7.
“I told the girls before the game that this is what we’ve been working for all year,” Groves said. “We made two goals at the beginning of the year. No. 1 was to make it to the state tournament and No. 2 was to contend for a region championship. So I credit our girls for going out there and proving that they deserve it.”
Mountain View trailed 8-2 in the first quarter before the Bruins rallied to cut the lead to 11-10 at the end of the quarter.
Stephanie Keele scored early in the second quarter to give Mountain View its first lead of the game at 12-11.
A swarming Bruins defense produced eight steals in the first half, which helped them take an 18-13 lead at the break.
Skyline wouldn’t go away.
Hillary Weixler scored off an offensive rebound to trim the lead to 26-22 with 4:50 remaining, but that was as close as the Eagles could get.
A pair of baskets from Oldham left Skyline with no choice but to foul. Amanda Turnbull made 5 of 6 free throws and Oldham cashed in a pair of foul shots to put the game away.