OREM It took two overtimes but the Provo girls basketball team found a way to grind out a 42-39 win at Mountain View in a physical Region 7 game that left the Bulldogs happy and the Bruins contemplating the one that got away.
"Wow, you know its going to be that way when you come in here though," Provo head coach Cory Green said. "They are always good, they always play intense, and are well coached so any time you can come in here and get a win you have to be pleased."
While the defense was swarming on both sides of the court, Provo's sophomore guard Ashley Kuchar was clutch. She took over, scoring all of her team-high 11 points in the fourth quarter and in the overtimes.
"I was frustrated early on, but I knew my team needed me down the stretch," Kuchar said. "I just had to step up and make my shots. It feels good."
Mountain View led 17-13 at the half and extended it to 23-14 by the middle of the third quarter. That was when Provo turned things around. A 10-1 run tied the game at 24-24 with around four minutes remaining.
The defensive slugfest continued in the closing minutes and Provo trailed 28-29 when Kuchar was fouled with 0.3 seconds left. She hit her first free throw but missed the second, putting the game in overtime.
In the first overtime the Bulldogs trailed 33-35 when Kuchar went back to the line in the closing moments and hit both shots to force the second overtime.
"(Kuchar) is one of those kids who even though she is young, she plays ... with poise," Green said.
In double-overtime Kuchar finished with a lay-up and then two free throws to seal the victory.
Sara Heaton pitched in 10 points and Karissa Bosco had nine to aid the Bulldogs. Mountain View's Anjie Lines had a game-high 14.
Provo now hopes it can take this forward and build upon it as they look forward to the postseason."If we are fortunate enough to make the state tournament, then we know we are going to have ballgames that are tight there as well," said Green. "So anytime you can win a ballgame like this in the season it will prepare us a little bit better."