COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Lone Peak has won a lot of games by big margins this year, including several against some of the best teams in the state.
Talon Shumway says it nevers gets old.
"We'd rather win every game by 20 points than ever have any close ones," said the Knight senior.
Friday night No. 1 Lone Peak was up to its old tricks.
The Knights ripped the nets for nine 3-pointers and shot 48 percent for an easy 77-55 victory over struggling Brighton, which played without big man Austin Hudson for the third straight game.
When these teams met early last month in a hyped region game at Lone Peak, the Knights were scintillating from the field in winning comfortably 109-89.
For stretches Friday, Lone Peak was just as efficient.
Leading 29-24 midway through the second quarter, the Knights finally started to get out and and closed the half on a 12-1 spurt to break the spirits of a Bengal team that had played well for the first quarter and a half.
"Brighton did a good job of offensive rebounding so it was difficult for us to get out in transition," said Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis. "Once we got them to miss a little bit and we rebounded we were OK."
With leading scorer Nick Emery in foul trouble and playing only six minutes in the second half, Lone Peak got contributions from several different players, including 23 from T.J. Haws and 19 from Shumway. Emery finished with 12 points, nine below his season average.
Despite the lack of scoring, Emery was very much a part of the decisive second quarter run which was keyed by outstanding defense.
Three different times during the quarter Lone Peak deflected a Brighton inbounds pass which led to a breakaway lay-up.
Early the third quarter, Haws pushed the Knights' lead to 20 points with three straight 3-pointers, including one he converted into a four-point play after being fouled. The Lone Peak freshman finished with four 3-pointers in setting a new career high with 23 points.
"The way we play, you're going to have stretches where you might miss a couple, but you're also going to have stretches where you make a few. I think we have good enough shooters I can trust," said Lewis of Haw's scoring prowess.
Lone Peak improved to 16-1 overall with the victory, and 7-0 in region play. Brighton, meanwhile, fell to 4-4 in region and 11-6 overall.
Lewis was the first to admit that the significance of Hudson's absence for the Bengals cannot be overstated.
"That's a real thing. Sometimes you say you should win anyway, but if you miss a guy like that, that's an all-state level guy. That's a loss. That's a real loss," he said.
Without Hudson's presence in the middle — and no other inside scoring threat — Lone Peak's defense keyed on Brighton's shooters. The result was an awful night for the Bengals who shot 25 percent. Brighton leading scorer Corbin Miller still finished with 16 points in the loss, but he was 5 of 21 from the field.