High school girls basketball: Timpview's experience shows in commanding win over Woods Cross
TAYLORSVILLE — Timpview has been there before, and it showed in a convincing 59-35 victory over Woods Cross in the first round of the 4A state playoffs Monday.
Last year saw the Thunderbirds fight their way to the 4A state championship game. They got there by making proper game-time adjustments, focusing on defense, and perhaps most importantly, never panicking.
With many girls back from last year's team, Timpview employed those same tactics in getting past Woods Cross.
"They know what it's like. They know what it takes," said Timpview coach Casey Sundquist. "So I think it's been a huge impact for us. ... You saw that experience work to our benefit today, I think. Having that experience, it's huge to settle nerves faster and it's been a huge impact for us."
Despite the large final margin of victory, it wasn't all smooth sailing for the Thunderbirds. Far from it.
Despite being considered heavy favorites, Timpview stumbled big time out of the gate to the tune of an 8-4 deficit after one quarter. The team rebounded somewhat in the second quarter to take a 20-19 lead into halftime, where Sundquist went about making some key adjustments.
"I just told them they needed to be more aggressive against their zone," Sundquist said. "We had to move the ball better. We finally started attacking and looking for each other too."
Timpview responded well to its coach's charge and stormed out of the gates in the second half — building a 34-25 lead entering the fourth. The response was led by junior forward Lacy Haddock and senior guard Lauryn De La Cruz, who finished with 17 and 19 points, respectively.
Timpview extended its lead to double figures early in the fourth and then cruised to victory.
While the offense had its ups and downs throughout, a big key was consistent defensive pressure that held the Wildcats to just 35 points.
"I've told them all last week that it's all going to be on the defensive end, that we needed to focus on that," Sundquist said. "I think they did a really great job with the defense tonight."
With the win Timpview advances to the second round, where it will take on Skyline Wednesday at Salt Lake Community College.
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