Provo came into its game with Springville wanting to take out Ashley Kroneberger, the Red Devils' leading scorer.

Whatever strategy the Bulldogs implemented Friday worked nearly to perfection as they defeated the Red Devils 40-26.

Kroneberger collected three fouls in the first quarter, shot just 2-of-12 from the field and scored just four points.

Both teams struggled in the first half. Provo didn't score its first field goal until nearly four minutes into the first quarter. The Bulldogs led 9-4 after the first quarter and 14-8 at halftime. In the first half, both teams combined for just a 20 percent field-goal percentage.

The Red Devils and Bulldogs both shot much better in the third quarter, with the Red Devils shooting 40 percent from the field and the Bulldogs shooting 55 percent.

The Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth quarter, however, with their continued hot shooting from the field. While the Red Devils shot just 20 percent in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs shot 67 percent.

"We just came out and executed," said Bulldogs coach Cory Green.

Despite the offensive struggles in the first half, Green knew that if his girls could just keep the Red Devils, and especially Kroneberger, from scoring as well, eventually the Bulldogs would pull away.

"That was OK with us," Green said about the first-half struggles. "We felt if we could play tough defense, that plays in our favor."

Twenty-six of the Bulldogs' 40 points were scored in the second half.

Red Devils coach Nancy Warner said basic inexperience was a major factor in the game's result.

"We knew it was a big game," she said. "Provo's a great team. We're a young team, though. Most of them have never played in a game like this."

Sadie Clements, who was the Red Devils' second leading scorer in the game with six points, added that concentration was also a factor.

"We didn't really play strong," she said. "We just weren't mentally into it. We need to focus on the game."

Holli Averett led the Red Devils with seven points while Kelsey Nelson led the Bulldogs with 11.

The Bulldogs made 14 of 19 free throws while the Red Devils made just six of 14.