OREM After wasting a few chances for victory in regulation, the Timpview Thunderbirds outscored the Orem Tigers 14-3 in overtime Tuesday night for a 53-42 victory in Region 7 girls basketball.
Leading the way for Timpview was senior center Alexis Kaufusi with a game-high 20 points. Kaufusi, after sitting out almost six minutes in the third period with a sore knee, returned to the T-Birds lineup in the fourth to score eight of Timpview's final nine points in regulation. She then made two early baskets in overtime to vault the T-Birds comfortably in front.
Also aiding the cause for Timpview were Gabrielle Pinegar and point guard Kellie Woodield. Pinegar kept Timpview close in regulation with three second-half 3-pointers. Woodfield had a key assist to Kaufusi in overtime and also scored eight points in the extra frame, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the line.
The game was back-and-forth for four quarters and in the second half alone the score was tied three times and the lead changed hands five times. The Tigers, behind the strong inside game of Regan Bailey's 16 points and four quick points to open the fourth by Emily Julian and Aly Tucker, went up 32-27.
With just under four minutes remaining Timpview caught Orem 37-37 on a strong inside banker by Kaufusi. A jumper by Kaufusi put the T- Birds up a hoop until a hook by Virginia Voeks knotted the score 39-39, where it remained for the final three minutes of regulation.
During those final minutes, however, Timpview turned the ball over twice, missed two good looks and three free throws.
But the Tigers also wasted some chances, turning the ball over three times one of which came after running more than 40 seconds off the clock in search of the final shot. Timpview actually got the final shot in regulation, but Pinegar missed a deep and hurried 3- point attempt at the buzzer.In overtime, however, the T-Birds were clicking on all cylinders while the Tigers failed to make a basket. Orem went up 40-39 on a free throw by Voeks, but Timpview scored two quick hoops to take the lead for good. Two free throws by Kaitlyn Thomas cut the lead to one, but the T-Birds then scored the game's final 10 points.