Call it nerves, anxiety, maybe freshman jitters.
Whatever the reason Judge Memorial center Vanessa Austin threw up at halftime, she showed no ill effects in the second half of the Bulldogs’ 58-42 Region 6 victory against visiting Bountiful.
“I think it’s just nerves,” said Austin, who scored 10 second-half points and helped the Bulldogs avenge one of their two losses this season. “So it happens, I throw up, go back in the game and play my heart out.”
Judge (16-2, 10-1) won its seventh in a row and moved into a first-place tie with the Braves (12-6, 10-1) with three games remaining.
Bulldogs coach Anthony Alford said Austin, who scored 19 points, had a similar halftime episode during the teams’ first meeting – a 44-33 Bountiful victory Jan. 14.
“She wasn’t happy about her game the first time,” Alford said of Austin’s 9-point effort last month. “She wasn’t going to let anxiety get the best of her in this game. I thought she played great.”
Kailie Quinn scored 18 points for Judge, which scored 23 points in the first quarter and led by double figures most of the first half, spurred by four Quinn 3-pointers.
Bountiful charged back to cut the lead to 32-29 with 3:32 to play in the third quarter. But the Braves’ only real offense came from sophomore forward Kennedy Redding, who scored 34 points — and 13 of the Braves’ 15 field goals.
That lack of support hurt Bountiful down the stretch. Judge’s Rachel Schubella hit a 3-pointer and Quinn scored six points in the final quarter to secure the victory.
“We knew we had to win this game if we wanted to determine our region and take state,” Austin said. “We kept the intensity up from the beginning of the game.”
O Freshman center Vanessa Austin scores 19 points and Kailie Quinn adds 18 points as the Bulldogs win their seventh in a row.
• Bountiful sophomore Kennedy Redding scores 21 of her game-high 34 points in the second half, but the Braves’ 10-game win streak ends.
• The teams split their two meetings this season and sit tied atop the Region 6 standings at 9-1 with three games remaining.