PROVO The Timpview Thunderbirds jumped on Mountain View early and never looked back as they improved to 2-0 in Region 7 with a 65-50 victory Friday.
Six treys in the first half and plenty of fast-break buckets sealed the early leads for the T-birds as they went into the second quarter with a 17-6 advantage and into halftime up 30-17.
Gabrielle Pinegar and Adaiza Greenhalgh each had a pair from behind the line, but in all four T-birds showed their shooting range in the wide-open first half.
"We want to push it up and down the floor and get easy buckets," said Timpview coach Kawika Akina after his team repeatedly used its tough pressing defense to earn easy layups. But he wasn't happy with the rebounding effort and is looking for his inside players to step things up on the boards.
The third quarter was the epitome of streaky as the T-birds held Mountain View scoreless through almost six minutes while putting 15 of their own points on the board and securing their largest lead of the game at 45-17. But then Akina removed the entire starting lineup, and the new group had a tough time keeping up the intensity.
"We're just not finishing games off right now. We have no killer instinct," he said after watching his team give up 11 straight points to the Bruins when Mountain View took a page out of Timpview's playbook.
The Bruins picked up four fast-break buckets after steals, and Alyssa Olsen knocked down a trey to close the gap to 45-28.
But then the Timpview starters returned, because the T-birds have learned the hard way that large leads are never safe until the game's over.
"I put in the second team to try to get them some experience, but our bench just isn't there yet, and I couldn't leave them in," Akina said.
His team did drop the lead to a mere 13 at one point in the fourth after Chelsea Kocherhans scored on a putback for two of her 10 points.
Anjie Lines and Olsen also dropped in 10 points each as the Bruins were once again balanced, but just couldn't put enough balls in the basket. That futility extended to the free-throw line as Mountain View could only manage to put 5-21 freebies in the hoop.The T-birds were also balanced, with Pinegar and Chelsea Bridgewater leading the group with 12 each, followed closely by Alexis Kaufusi with 11 and Kelsey Kimball with eight.
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