By the time Lone Peak emerged from the locker room at halftime, the sweaty palms and the stomachaches were gone.
The nervousness of playing in the school's first playoff game had turned into frustation and determination."You've worked nine months for this. Are you going to throw it away playing like this?" Knights coach Shauna Kay asked her players at the intermission. "It's one thing to lose and play well, but we didn't run our offense. We didn't play defense. We were scared to death."
It showed. Lone Peak trailed Sky View 21-20 at the half, but the Knights came out in the third quarter with a vengeance, equaling their first-half output in just eight minutes.
Lone Peak outscored the Bobcats 20-12 in the third quarter in its 58-42 win Thursday night in the first round of the 4A girls state tournament.
Trailing 30-29 with 4:20 left in the quarter, Amber Harr hit back-to-back 3-pointers, then scored on a layup to put the Knights up 37-30.
Sky View's Audrey Young tried to keep the Bobcats close. She scored to interup Lone Peak's run, cutting the lead to 37-32, but a free throw from Lindsay Doxey and two from Kristie Ferguson pushed the Knights lead to 40-33 at the end of the third quarter.
Sky View would get no closer.
"We picked a bad time to discipline some players and a bad time to shoot poorly from the free-throw line," said Sky View coach Amy Wellard. "Their press got to us, and we're usually a pretty good free-throw shooting team."
Wellard said she suspended six players for disciplinary reasons. Only one, point guard Mickey Folsom, was a starter.
But the absence of Folsom and Sky View's inability to make free throws also proved fatal. The Bobcats hit just 3 of 13 free throws for the game, while Lone Peak connected on 18 of 25.
Harr finished with 18 points for Lone Peak. Cook had 13 and Doxey scored 11 points to go along with 15 rebounds.
Young led Sky View with 16 points.
In other games Thursday:
BOUNTIFUL 52, ROY 47: The Braves took an early lead and made it stand to post an upset win over the Royals. Hailey McKay had 22 points for Bountiful, while Crystal Howe had the same for Roy.
MURRAY 47, PAYSON 46: Jessica Dietlein's rebound putback with 0.3 seconds left in the game gave her 22 points for the night and the Spartans a stunning win over the Lions.
CYPRUS 59, PROVO 58: A triple-teamed Katrena Ellett dished off to Amy Evans who hit the game-winner with eight seconds to play to lift the Pirates over the Bulldogs. Ellett finished with 33 points for Cyprus.
OLYMPUS 69, FREMONT 54: The top-ranked Titans pulled away in the fourth quarter to outlast the Silver Wolves. Lindsey Hille and Kristi Fehr combined for 38 points for Olympus, while Lisa DeVries had 26 for Fremont.
WEBER 61, PLEASANT GROVE 38: The Warriors became the second team from Region 4 with a chance to knock off top-ranked Olympus after their victory over the Vikings.
LOGAN 60, JUDGE 52: The Grizzlies blew a 12-point halftime lead but Tonya Smart scored eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter to help them rally past the Bulldogs. Kensie Nyman topped Logan with 16.
TIMPVIEW 55, HIGHLAND 47: Camille Freeze tallied 18 points, six rebounds and six assists for the second-ranked Thunderbirds as they jumped out early and cruised past the Rams.
1A GIRLS TOURNAMENT at Southern Utah Things couldn't go any more according to plan after the second day of action at the 1A tournament. The top four ranked teams in the state all advanced into today's semifinal games.
Top-ranked Valley will meet second-ranked Dugway in one semifinal, while third-ranked Manila faces fourth-ranked Panguitch. The winners advance to Saturday's 2 p.m. championship game.
VALLEY 61, INT. CHRISTIAN 31: Caroline Heaton tossed in 18 points and Beverly Glover added 17 more for the Buffaloes as they roamed over the Lions.
DUGWAY 58, RICH 49: Heidi Bruce collected 24 points and the Mustangs hit 9-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter to put away the Rebels.
MANILA 59, PIUTE 55 : The Mustangs let an 11-point halftime lead slip away before holding off the Thunderbirds. Lindsey Guest scored six of her game-high 20 points in the extra session.
PANGUITCH 63, WATERFORD 37: The Bobcats had little problems in burying the Wolves as Pepper Hatch tossed in 18 points to lead the way.
ESCALANTE 46, WAYNE 45: The Moquis took an eight-point lead into the final quarter and hung on for the win by hitting 14 of 24 free throw attempts in the period.
MONUMENT VALLEY 57, S.L. CHRISTIAN 32: Olivia Holiday popped in 18 points as the Cougars bounced the Dragonslayers from the tournament.
S.L. LUTHERAN 62, WEST DESERT 27: Emily Price had 19 points and Michelle Knudsvig added 13 more to help the Lynx top the Hawks.
GREEN RIVER 57, WHITEHORSE 52: Monica Nelson's 19-point effort was good enough to help the Pirates sink the Raiders.