Prep girls' basketball: Mountain View defeats Murray 55-43
Orem • After scoring just two points in the first six minutes of the game, the offensive light came on for Mountain View.
Jump shots went in, free throws were made and layups were converted. Everything went in.
Mountain View scored 14 unanswered points that proved to be the difference in the game as the Bruins beat Murray 55-43 on Friday night.
"I think we had a little bit of a hangover from out last game [against Timpanogos]. It was such an emotional game. I told them at the beginning that we couldn't let the game get away from us because we were thinking about the last game," said Mountain View coach Alan Groves. "Credit to them. They never quit. They got a ton of offensive rebounds. We had to remind them that if we could do a better job on the glass, we would win the game."
Murray took an early 5-2 lead, but the Bruins then came to life when Amanda Turnbull scored inside the paint to start the 14-0 run. Mountain View then got offense from everyone. Nicole Smith, Gentry Oldham, Ariana Kailipono and Lucia Espinoza all followed with baskets within the matter of 1:30 to push the lead to 12-5.
Meanwhile, Spartans developed a turnover problem. They coughed up the ball three times during the Bruins' run. Mountain View opened the second quarter with a layup from Kailipono and a basket from Paulani Tarawa that gave the Bruins a 16-5 lead.
Murray mounted a comeback behind the hot hand of Baylee Leiter, the team's leading scorer. She collected seven of her game-high 19 points in the second quarter to help the Spartans trim the lead to 25-20 at the half.
The Spartans got the lead down to 27-26 in the early moments of the third quarter with a bucket from Jen Anderson, but the effort to erase such a big deficit wore Murray down.
A 3-point play from Stephanie Keele, a 3-pointer from Tarawa, who led the Bruins with 18 points, along with a steal and layup from Oldham helped Mountain View gain some breathing room.
The Bruins opened the fourth quarter with a basket from Tarawa and another 3-point play from Keele that put the game out of reach at 45-31.
The win helped the Bruins keep a share of their lead on top of the Region 7 standings at 8-2. Murray fell to 4-5.
O Mountain View uses scoring from five different players during a 14-0 run the first half.
• Murray's Baylee Leiter is the only Spartan to score in double figures.