Sandy • Desert Hills senior Haley Bodner sure wasn't in the game very long before she had to exit due to foul trouble. But the Purdue University recruit was in long enough.
The visiting Thunder, propelled by the 6-foot-4 Bodner, scored 15 straight points in the first quarter and rolled to a 68-52 victory at Alta on Friday night.
Turnovers were the result for Desert Hills (8-1) in the first two possessions, leading to two quick Alta (3-4) buckets. Then Bodner went to work.
A mid-range jumper was followed by a 10-foot hook shot to tie the game. Bodney then finished the next Thunder offensive trip with a nice post move and a one-handed bank shot.
Though the senior went to bench shortly thereafter, her inside play immediately led to open shots by her teammates. Field goals by Emily Seifert and Kenzie Done made the score 11-4, and Blair Bliss then tallied two baskets to finish off the 15-point run.
"She [Bodner] brings defenders off of the guards. And if they try to come off and help with the guards, we just get it into her," said Bliss, who finished with a team-high 18 points.
The Thunder opened up a lead of as many as 22 points, after a 6-0 stretch to start the third, and never held an advantage of less than nine points after that first-quarter blitz.
Bodner finished with 14 points, Done had 12 and Ashley Beckstrand added 11 for the victors.
It's the second straight week that Desert Hills has made the trip to the Salt Lake metro area from St. George. Last week, the Thunder split with Timpview (loss) and Maple Mountain (win). On Saturday night, the school will face Timpanogos.
"The first 30 seconds, I thought, 'Hey, let's get off the bus and play,'" Desert Hills coach Chris Allred said. "But we woke up pretty quick."
Mariah Martin, only a freshman, scored 23 points to lead Alta. The Hawks' next venture will be at the Southern California Holiday Prep Classic beginning the day after Christmas.
"I do think we're getting better. We're getting a few days off, which is much needed," Alta coach Sean Yeager said. "Now we're going to California and we want to play well. But the main thing is we really want our team to jell, bond and get closer."
Desert Hills 68,Alta 52
O The Thunder lead by as much as 22 points en route to a comfortable victory.