LEHI Spanish Fork went into its Region 4 girls basketball game at Lehi on Friday night expecting a fast start and a huge victory.
The Dons got exactly what they expected, defeating Lehi 61-41.
Spanish Fork (3-1, 5-10) led Lehi (0-4, 3-10) 17-8 after the first period, including a 10-2 run to close out the quarter. The Dons then proceeded to outscore the Pioneers 15-7 in the second to take a 17-point lead into halftime.
"I told them they've got to come out like they're playing a championship game," said Dons head coach Aubrey Johnson. "I'm not surprised. Everything we expected to do we did."
The Dons were led by Jenna Johnson, who scored a game-high 18 points.
One major reason for Spanish Fork's dominance was its ability to continuously get to the free-throw line. The Dons shot 18 free throws, converting on 12 of them. Conversely, Lehi only managed seven free-throw attempts.
"I was looking for my girls to compete, and they gave up in the first half," said Lehi head coach Khalil Sikander.
Spanish Fork struggled throughout the first part of the second quarter, missing shots and turning the ball over. But Lehi was unable to capitalize before Spanish Fork regained control of the game, outscoring the Pioneers 8-0 to close out the first half.
The Pioneers played better offensively in the second half, even outscoring the Dons in the third quarter. But it wasn't enough.
Like her coach, Jenna Johnson wasn't very surprised by the outcome.
"Knowing how we play, not at all," she said. "We're good."
The Dons have now won three straight and four of their last five after starting the season 1-9. Meanwhile, the Pioneers have now lost eight straight after starting the season 3-2. Lehi's last victory came back on December 12, a 73-64 double-overtime victory over Highland.
Aly Tingey, Erin Redd and Tasha Sanborn all added 10 points for the Dons.
Jackie Cattani led the Pioneers with a team-high 12 points, despite shooting just 3-16 from the field. Stephanie Rogers scored 10.