HIGHLAND The Lone Peak Knights learned what happens when a team starts getting comfortable too early in a game Friday night.
"We started playing the scoreboard, and Jordan didn't let up," said Knight senior Amanda Farish after Lone Peak defeated Jordan 58-35. "We just had a little mental letdown."
Knight coach Keith Flood watched his team start strong and then allow the Beetdiggers back into the game in the second quarter.
"The first quarter we played with a lot of intensity," he said. "Then we let up in the second quarter. I was happy we came out in the third quarter and started playing defense again."
Lone Peak's defense held the Beetdiggers to single digits in all but the second quarter. Farish led the team's offense with 22 points and also grabbed six rebounds. Freshman Marquelle Funk added 16 points, eight of them during an impressive run in the third quarter. Funk also grabbed three rebounds. Point guard Shantel Flanary earned five assists, four steals and four points in the non-region win.
"It's been a lot of fun this season because we're really close as a team," said the guard, who committed to play soccer for Utah State University next year. "(The chemistry) makes a huge difference."
She prefers their spot in the rankings, but not at the top of them. "I think it's more fun to be the underdog than the top dog," she said.
Farish said the team is just working hard and trying to enjoy the ride. "We've got a long way to go no pressure," said the future SUU basketball player with a smile. "We have a great respect for each other on and off the court."
Flood said the team "has it's goals and we're excited about the season."
Flanary agreed with Farish's and Flood's assessment of the game's second quarter.
"I think we got a little too content," she said. "We had a decent lead and then we realized Jordan wasn't going to let down."
The Beetdiggers played tough and the game seemed closer than the scoreboard indicated.
It was still intense," said Farish.Kaylie Robison led the Beetdiggers with 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Bev Smith also played well finishing with 12 points. She hit two 3-point shots in the loss.