Cottonwood Heights • Brighton turned Tuesday night’s game against visiting Alta inside out and in the process, sort of turned the top of the Region 3 standings upside down.
The Bengals scored 12 points in the paint in the fourth quarter and got 19 points from senior forward Maddie Chin for a 57-48 victory that moved Brighton into a first-place tie with Alta.
Brighton 57, Alta 48
» Maddie Chin scores 19 points and the Bengals move into a tie with Alta atop the Region 3 standings.
» Brighton scores 12 points in the paint in the final quarter, utilizing its size advantage to avenge a three-point loss at Alta last week.
» Hawks point guard Mariah Martin is held to 12 points after scoring a career-high 27 in the first meeting.
"This was a must-win for us," said Chin, who scored eight points in the fourth quarter, including the only basket outside the paint, on a 10-foot baseline jumper. "We were so close last time, and heading into state, we want the best seed. We just came out strong tonight."
Brighton (14-4, 7-1) avenged a 58-55 loss at Alta last month by slowing down Hawks point guard Mariah Martin. The freshman, who netted 27 points in the first meeting, was held to 12 points, including just two in the final eight minutes.
"We played better defense," Brighton coach Jim Gresh said. "We did a good job on their point guard, I thought."
Elsa Ferre scored 15 points for the Hawks (14-7, 7-1), who never led in the game. Alta closed to within five points twice in the final quarter, but Brighton had an answer each time.
Alyssa Hirschi’s rebound and put back with 5:07 to go was followed by baskets from Chin and Dani Barton to put Brighton ahead by 10. The Bengals didn’t look back.
Alta repeatedly hurt itself with mistakes in the first half. The Hawks committed eight turnovers on their first nine possessions of the second quarter.
With two region games remaining, Brighton’s job isn’t done. The Bengals play at Bingham on Thursday.
"We’ve still got a long way to go," Gresh said. "Thursday at Bingham will be tough, but we are going to enjoy this win."
Brighton won the first meeting with the Miners 43-38.
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