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Prep basketball notes: Mountain View boys turning it around
Prep basketball notes » Bruins, off to a 10-1 start, struggled last season and finished 8-14.
First Published Jan 11 2014 01:52 pm • Last Updated Jan 11 2014 11:25 pm

The Mountain View boys’ basketball team has had trouble eclipsing nine wins the past several seasons as a carousel of coaching changes has taken its toll.

But a senior-laden roster already has taken the Bruins past that total this year, something that hasn’t happened since the 2008-2009 season.

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Nate Carling, who coached the current crop of seniors when they were sophomores before taking the varsity job, said the continuity of playing for the same coach has helped the Bruins (10-1) turn around from last year’s 8-14 finish.

"I’ve got a good group," he said. "I start five seniors. They’ve played together for a long time. They’re unselfish and there’s a lot of chemistry there. … [Our region] is going to be tough, but we feel like we can compete with them."

Back on the floor

Brighton star guard Brock Miller has missed most of the season while dealing with a stress fracture in his back.

But Miller, considered one of the top shooting guards in the country in the Class of 2015, was back in action last week, just in time for the up-and-down Bengals to start Region 3 play.

"The back is a little stiff and a little sore," Bengals coach Jeff Gardner said. "But I think for the most part the back has healed. We’ve been really cautious with it. I think obviously being out for three months, it’s the other stuff that’s gonna take a little more time — conditioning, rhythm of playing, getting comfortable."

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Finding a rhythm

Judge Memorial girls’ basketball coach Anthony Alford often has spoken to star guard Kailie Quinn about slowing down her game and seeing the whole floor.

She did that Tuesday, and the result in the Bulldogs’ 86-50 win over Kearns spoke for itself: 36 points, 13 rebounds, nine steals, five assists.

"When she plays at the right speed, she sees everything, offensive and defensively," Alford said. "She’s starting to do that more often."

Quinn, a Weber State signee, long ago established herself as one of the best players in the state. But she’s taken her game to new heights this season, Alford said.

And he believes the evolution will continue.

"I’ve seen her do new things this year I haven’t seen from her the past three years," Alford said. "The good thing is she still has growing to do."

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