It's almost like Hillcrest High wants to accentuate its basketball team's lack of size and break-neck speed, with the Huskies outfitted in longish, jammer-like trunks and jet-black high-tops. But each player knows his spot on the floor and his role on the team - to stay out near the perimeter, to pass with patience and to shoot with accuracy.
So it was that type of athletics - and not exaggerated aesthetics - that propelled Hillcrest to a 51-34 victory over West Jordan in Region 3 play Tuesday night.No Husky player boasts special quickness or flashy speed, and besides 6-5 senior Jason Strong and 6-4 part-timer Paul Carr, Hillcrest's rotation averages out to a bit bigger than 6-foot even.
For the most part, the Hillcrest lineup from game to game has looked like five-of-a-kind - clones on the court, if you will. But the Huskies have turned a negative into a positive - a 5-1 region record and a 10-2 overall mark.
Against West Jordan, Hillcrest held a slim 16-13 advantage after the first period, with the Huskies holding the Jaguars to single-digit scoring in the final three quarters. The key quarter was the third, when Hillcrest's 13-4 run helped increase the Huskies' lead to 43-26, leading to a very rough and ragged final period.
Of course, Hillcrest coach Steve Margetts knows all about low-scoring the quarters. The Huskies scored zero points in the final period in a 32-31 loss to Taylorsville last week.
John Owen and Brian Kelley tied for game-high scoring honors with 17 points apiece for Hillcrest, which improves to records of 5-1 in the league and 10-2 overall.
West Jordan, which suffered its third straight loss, dropped to marks of 3-3 and 4-8. Aaron Sessions was the only Jaguar in double figures, with 11 points.
In subsequent game summaries, region and overall records are listed in parenthesis for each team.
Davis 73, Bonneville 61: The Darts broke through with their first road win in more than a month, upsetting the fifth-ranked Lakers. Brett Barton's game-high 28 points included three 3-pointers for Davis (3-2, 9-4). Dave Sivulich scored 24 points and Mike Porter 23 for Bonneville (2-2, 9-3).
Brighton 59, Olympus 48: The Bengals broke open a 20-19 halftime lead by outscoring the Titans by nine in the third quarter and handing the visitors their first league loss. Alex Welling led Brighton (2-2, 8-4) with 17 points; Olympus (2-1, 4-7) was paced by Matt Wright's 14 points.
Skyline 61, Alta 57: Jaron Boone scored 33 points - including a trio of treys - as the Eagles won their first league game of the season and handed the Hawks their first region defeat. Skyline (1-3, 6-5) broke a three-loss skid by outscoring the visitors by six points in the final period; Alta (2-1, 8-4) had a three-win string snapped as Ryan Dixon finished with a team-high 21 points.
Highland 65, East 62: The Rams claimed their fifth win in their last six outings. Highland is 2-1 and 8-3; East is 1-3 and 6-7.
Taylorsville 51, Kearns 49: Late-game free throws helped the Warriors win their sixth straight game - at the expense of the winless Cougars. Jeff Jenson led Taylorsville (5-1, 8-4) with 18 points; Travis Howard's 13 points were tops for Kearns (0-6, 0-11).
Cyprus 61, Hunter 53: Cade Osborn scored 20 and Chris Matagi added 18 for the Pirates (4-2, 6-5), who won their third straight game. Hunter (2-4, 2-10) was led by Andrew Sweat's 23 points.
Bingham 65, Granger 56: Jeff Nielsen and Drew Norwood each scored 13 to lead Bingham (4-2, 6-6) to its third consecutive victory. Rusty Brighton finished with a game-high 18 for Granger (1-5, 1-11).
West 63, Jordan 61: Chris Stepan and Kevin Easter combined for seven treys and 46 points as the Panthers broke a five-loss slump and handed the third-ranked Beetdiggers their second straight region defeat. Stepan had two 3s and 25 points while Easter made five 3s and 21 points for West (2-4, 4-8); Ty Lombardi and Koy Lombardi each scored 16 for Jordan (4-2, 5-7).
Bountiful 77, Murray 61: Chris Godfrey scored 20 points and Aaron Roderick added 14 for Bountiful (4-2, 5-7). Matt Baker finished with 20 points for Murray (4-2, 6-7).
Woods Cross 79, Tooele 76 : Mike Gurr canned three 3-pointers and 25 total points and Wildcat teammate Jon Wickizer added another 20 points for Woods Cross (4-2, 7-5), which needed to go overtime to win its fifth straight game. Shawn Walker buried four treys en route to a 22-point effort for Tooele (3-3, 6-6).
Granite 56, Judge 54: The Farmers handed the Bulldogs their fifth straight loss. Granite is 3-3 and 7-5; Judge is 0-6 and 2-10.