HIGHLAND — Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis knows that with such a young lineup, his team will have to rely on defense.
The Knights pounded the Viewmont Vikings defensively en route to a 61-44 victory Wednesday night.
"We have got to make (defense) an emphasis with all the young pups we have out there," Lewis said after Lone Peak's win moved them to 2-0 on the season. Viewmont dropped to 2-2.
The Knights were tested defensively in the first quarter because of Viewmont's extremely deliberate offensive style. Pass after pass on every Vikings possession forced Lone Peak to stay disciplined and on assignment.
"We've played Viewmont quite a bit, and so we know they are disciplined in that way," Lewis said. "They run their stuff well."
Lone Peak was up to the task, collecting four steals in the first quarter alone. On the offensive side, Tannon Pedersen ended the period with a string of three straight 3-pointers that turned an 8-7 deficit into a 16-10 lead heading into the second quarter.
The defensive prowess shown by the Knights continued, and by halftime, they had six steals as a team. Brody Berry ended the game with five steals of his own.
"(Brody) was tremendous, and we definitely have some good quickness on defense," Lewis said. "We have some good talent."
Viewmont tried to stay in the game with the long ball, hitting four 3-pointers — two each from Coulsen Wright and Chase Thompson — in the third quarter, when they outscored Lone Peak 16-15.15 comments on this story
But by the final stanza, the Knights' smothering defense had taken its toll on the Vikings, and the home team pulled away, with Viewmont managing just eight points in the final quarter.
Tannon Pedersen led all scorers with 17 points on the strength of four 3-pointers. Freshman Nick Emery finished with 16 points, while Christian Childs had seven and Jordan Hamilton seven.
Viewmont was led by Wright with nine points, all on 3-pointers. Blake Wilkinson and Chase Thompson each contributed eight, while Eric North put in seven.