Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
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HIGHLAND — Syracuse girls head coach Rob Reisbeck didn't know his main rotation would get so much rest, and conversely his reserves so much playing time.
A 37-point lead entering the fourth quarter provided for that scenario, as the Titans rolled to a 68-34 victory on Tuesday at Lone Peak High School.
The game was the season-opener for Syracuse, while the setback moved the Knights to 1-1 on the year.
"Our biggest thing coming into this game was wanting to work together as a team," Reisbeck said. "I think we took a huge step toward that ... We like the fast tempo; that's what we have been doing. We want to be aggressive."
The rout was on from the beginning, as the Titans jumped out to an 8-0 lead, and led 22-9 after the first quarter.
Syracuse was able to build the early advantage by pushing an up-tempo style, pressing and playing solid defense while following up their own missed shots and hitting the offensive boards hard.
Titans senior Brittney Martin was responsible for four of those first-half follow-up baskets, two of them on her own misses. Fellow senior Makenlee Williams collected four steals before halftime, with two of those resulting in layups at the other side.
Both Martin and Williams finished the game with game-high totals of 21 points, in less than three quarters of action.
"(Martin) has always been great on the offensive boards; that's what she does," Reisbeck said.
Speaking of Williams, Reisbeck attributes her hard work to being prepared for the year.
"She's been waiting for her senior year," Reisbeck said. "She's improved so much from last year to this year; she's been so dedicated in the offseason."
With a 39-18 lead coming out of halftime, Syracuse quelled any possibility of a Lone Peak comeback immediately when the Titans went on a 15-1 run. That put them up 54-19, and brought on the reserves.
While it was some sloppy play for the bench players from both teams in the final quarter — with Lone Peak outscoring Syracuse 11-8 — Reisbeck said it was valuable for his reserves so early in the season.
"It's huge because it gives them varsity time, and experience that they'll need later in the season," he said. "I knew the team could be good if we flew around on defense and forced turnovers, but we just got lucky that we had a chance to play some other kids tonight."
Jayda Bovero contributed seven points for the Titans.
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