Midvale • Brighton senior Sidney Kaufmann figured this season’s team would be the first step in a rebuilding process after the Bengals only won three games last season.
But Brighton’s 48-43 win over Hillcrest in a Thursday matinee contest pushed the Bengals’ winnings streak to four, so maybe it was time for a reassessment.
“I was kind of nervous for the season, but my teammates have proved me wrong,” said Kaufmann, who scored 14 points and hauled down nine rebounds.
Brighton (5-3) has been remarkably consistent during its four-game winning streak. Each victory saw the Bengals’ final point total in the 40s, including 48 in last week’s overtime victory over Murray and again Thursday.
Hillcrest (4-4), which has lost three straight, led by as many as 10 points after scoring six straight points in the second quarter.
But Kaufmann, who was mandated in one timeout to take more shots, got a couple of buckets just before intermission to cut her team’s deficit to 21-15 at the intermission.
The Bengals registered a 16-5 run to start the second half to go up 31-26.
Emily Moss scored 13 points and Annabelle Warner added a dozen for Brighton, while senior guard Aly Vyfinkel dished five assists.
“We made shots in the second half. That was the difference, I think,” Bengals coach Jim Gresh said. “Sid was a big key, but the others stepped up.
“Annabelle Warner made some big shots, Aly was driving in and kicking it out. I just thought we had a total team effort in the second half.”
Hillcrest, led by Gabrielle Desjardins’ 14 points, got back to within two with 33 seconds remaining when Desjardins drove into the lane for a bucket and was fouled leading to a three-point play and a score of 45-43.
But Vyfinkel, who had been only 2 of 5 at the free-throw line, drained a pair with 21 seconds left to essentially secure the win.
Although the Huskies got three 3-pointers from Hope Higgs and a pair of treys from sophomore Amanda Means, the inside duo of seniors Annabella Jensen and Cara Snowder was held in check.
Jensen didn’t get on the scoreboard until only a minute was left in the contest.
“We worked on stopping them and getting it out of the post because we know that they’re good players,” Kaufmann said. “We just worked on doubling and making them shoot threes.”
BRIGHTON 48, HILLCREST 43
• Brighton wins its fourth game in a row as senior Sidney Kaufmann scores 14 points and grabs nine rebounds.
• Sophomore Naomi Kehl also grabs nine boards while the victors also get double-figure scoring from Emily Moss (13) and Annabelle Warner (12).
• Gabrielle Desjardins scores 14 points to lead Hillcrest, which led by 10 points in the first half.