A new girls 3A champion will be crowned today. Ogden High saw its hope of repeating die during a three-minute overtime against Timpview on Friday as the Thunderbirds knocked down five free throws to avenge last year's state final loss to the Tigers.
"It makes up for last year," Timpview Coach Janet Bowes said of the 62-58 win. "But it will be even nicer if we can win tomorrow (Saturday) and make it complete. We've been the bridesmaid four times and we want it all this time."Timpview will face Bear River for the championship. The Bears ran off the first eight points of the game against Provo and used pressure defense to keep the Bulldogs off balance in cruising to a 56-42 win.
Timpview jumped out to an early lead, running off six unanswered points midway through the first quarter to take a 12-6 lead. An effective half-court trap upset Ogden's rhythm and forced the Tigers into several bad passes.
Ogden's scoring ace, Niki Wangsgard, managed only two points in the quarter and those came at the charity stripe. Wendy VanKampen's 3-pointer at the buzzer cut the margin to 14-11 to keep the Tigers close, however.
"I don't know why but VanKampen always hits those 3-pointers against us," Bowes lamented.
Timpview looked to put the game away early, opening the second quarter with a 7-0 run for a 21-11 advantage. Ogden answered back with a jumper from Jodi Ferre and VanKampen's second 3-pointer and the margin was back to five.
Wangsgard found the range chipping in six quick points along with another three-pointer from VanKampen to catch Timpview at 29 with 1:54 left. The Thunderbirds got hoops from Rachael Pope and Jocelyn Kearl but Wangsgard added a layin to cut the margin to 33-31 at intermission. There was confusion at the start of the second half when the referees failed to appear for several minutes. Then the referees decided the ball should go to Timpview to start the half even though the possession light favored Ogden.
Timpview quickly capitalized on a basket by Kearl. Minutes later Kearl went wild, hitting five straight points to put Timpview up 44-37 with just two minutes remaining. Ogden roared back on a drive and a free throw by Ferre and two baskets from Wangsgard, the last one a layin at the buzzer, to pull even at 44 after three quarters.
Timpview opened a 55-50 lead only to see it fade as Ogden used some pressure of its own to go ahead 57-55. Kearl responded with two free throws for Timpview and the game went into overtime when Ogden failed to get a shot off following a timeout with :10 remaining. Timpview then won the overtime 5-1 from the line for the 62-58 final.
Wangsgard led all scorers with 28 for the Tigers. Ferre and VanKampen chipped in 11 each in the losing cause. For Timpview, Kearl had 21 and Pope 20. Tomika Young added 11 for the winners.
Bear River 56, Provo 42: Bear River's intense zone press kept Provo off balance and the inside offense worked for several easy shots in the paint as the Bears cruised.
The Bears inched further and further ahead, taking a six-point lead after one quarter and a 13-point advantage at halftime, 34-21. Provo cut the margin by only a point in the third quarter, trailing 43-31.
Bear River outscored the Bulldogs 13-11 in the final quarter _ scoring all 13 points from the foul line _ to make the final margin 56-42. Wendy Wood led the Bear River scoring with 21 and was helped by Laura Miller with 15. Jenni Crist had 13 to lead Provo.
"This was a sweet win," said Bear River coach Farrel Williams. "We really wanted this one." Williams credited the Bear's 1-3-1 zone with taking away Provo's inside game and setting up the win.
Consolation games: In other 3A play, Tooele downed Dixie in overtime, 59-57, to stay alive in the consolation bracket. Carbon downed Granite 68-55 and Jordan handled Pleasant Grove 53-45 to set up a Saturday showdown for fifth and seventh place in the tourney.