HIGHLAND It's official. Lone Peak is back in business.
The Knights lost six of eight games during a recent stretch but now seem to be back to their winning ways with a pair of victories over teams they lost to during their free-fall.
"We're a really good team. We can beat anybody in the state when we're focused and playing well, but when we're uptight we can lose to anybody in the state," said Lone Peak coach Keith Flood, whose team pulled off an upset of American Fork last week and wreaked its vengeance on Spanish Fork, 53-43, Wednesday night.
The Dons rushed out to an early lead, making it look like they might pull off another victory over the once highly-ranked Knights. But after heading into the second quarter with a one-point deficit, Lone Peak came out of the gates with a flourish.
The Knights allowed one mere free throw to the Dons before putting in their own scoring flurry of 16 straight points to snare a 14-point lead.
During that stretch, Amanda Farish knocked down a jumper, Shantel Flanary recorded a pair of steals and layups at the other end to finish off fast breaks, Marquelle Funk put in six of her 11 total points, and Ryan Littlefield added a pair of buckets. Flanary actually had nine steals in the first half alone.
"It was nice in the second quarter where we opened it up there and got the nice lead," said Flood, who was happy to see his team settle into the game and work the ball on offense like he wants them to.
But despite the big run and a nice-sized lead, the Dons never gave up and cut the Lone Peak lead to 25-16 by the end of the first half.
They then picked up four straight points of their own in the third quarter to cut things to 25-20 as Jessie Anderson started to roll from the field. Anderson finished with a team-high 16 points, including two treys in the fourth quarter and seven points in the third.
But the Dons couldn't get things any closer than five, due in great part to Amanda Farish, who scored eight of her game-high 18 with a pair of treys and two free throws. They also counted heavily on Megan Smith, who finished with six clutch points.
Smith, who broke her hand prior to the season and wasn't able to play at all until the beginning of the region campaign, made her first start of the year.
"She contributed a lot tonight. She makes a big difference to us," said Flood.
Another player who makes a big difference to her team, Spanish Fork's Jenna Johnson, made a big splash in the third quarter, as she scored six of her ten points in the period to help cut the gap to 37-32 going into the fourth.Spanish Fork cut the Knights' lead to 39-35 on a trey by Anderson, but Farish came right back with a layup. Flanary and Whitney Johnson hit key free throws to extend the lead, Flanary finishing with eight points and Johnson with four.