OREM Yet another upset rocked Region 4 Thursday night as the tough Timpanogos Timberwolves took down the No. 2-ranked American Fork Cavemen 56-53 in a girls basketball battle.
In a fast-paced game, the T-Wolves just had a little bit more down the stretch. That little bit more came from point guard Morgan Freestone, who could have been labeled hero or goat depending on where her shot decided to fall.
With the two teams deadlocked at 53 with 10 seconds left on the clock, Freestone found herself open in straight-away 3-point land, and she launched it. She'd been feeling her shot all night and it sailed straight in to give the T-Wolves a 56-53 lead.
"We were running a set to get it into our posts, but Morgan just saw an opening and took the shot. If she misses it it's not such a good night, but if she makes it she's a hero," said Timpanogos coach Liz Darger.
Freestone finished with 17 points.
"She's worked for two years without complaint. She deserves her moment of glory," added Darger.
With six seconds to go, and American Fork's Kaycee Mansfield found herself with the ball behind the arc, but this time Amy Weitzeil swatted the shot, forcing Haley Holmstead to take an off-balance 30-footer at the buzzer that missed.
The T-Wolves lost to Pleasant Grove on Tuesday night for the second time of the season, and Darger wanted to make sure that loss didn't color the game against the Cavemen.
"We felt a lot of pressure in that game, and we talked a lot about relaxing. ... The girls played pretty relaxed, but we were waiting for them to hit some big shots," said Darger.
And American Fork obliged.
The T-Wolves took the early 10-4 lead before the Cavemen worked themselves into the game. A steal and layup on the fast break by Mansfield even gave American Fork a 15-12 lead at the end of the first.
American Fork's Holmstead had to work hard for her 13 first-half points, and she finished the game with 23 to lead both teams. Mansfield added 18 for the Cavemen, but the rest of the squad only chipped in 12.
The two teams battled through the third, once again ending in a 37-37 tie when the buzzer sounded. There wasn't much separating the two squads all game long. Then Timpanogos grabbed the initial lead in the fourth on a three-point play the old-fashioned way by Freestone and extended it to 49-41 on treys by Freestone and Megan Bishop.Weitzeil added 16 points for Timpanogos, and Bishop and Morgan Bailey each chipped in eight.