4A prep girls' basketball: Mountain Crest gets out to quick start in win over Hillcrest

Published February 20, 2012 8:03 pm

Prep girls' basketball • Mustangs hold Hillcrest to just 12 first-half points.
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Taylorsville • The Mountain Crest girls' basketball team jumped all over Hillcrest from the moment they stepped on the floor. The Mustangs never let up on their way to a 60-35 win over the Huskies.

Mountain Crest opened the game with an 8-0 run, and they had a comfortable lead for the remainder of the game. The Mustangs held Hillcrest to just 12 points in the first half.

Senior Karlee Kartchner led Mountain Crest with 21 points. She said the fast start, in the game and in the tournament, was exactly what they wanted.

"I think there were definitely some nerves going on in the first state game," Kartchner said. "I'm glad we overcame them and came out with the win."

Mountain Crest coach Candace Thornton said she was pleased with the offensive support that Kartchner received, and she said that would be crucial going forward in the tournament.

"She [Kartchner] steps up every game. We've had no problem with her getting her points," Thornton said. "I think our other girls are peaking right when they need to."

The win gave the Mustangs their third straight appearance in the state semifinals. Mountain Crest continues its state title quest on Wednesday.

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