OREM The Mountain View Bruins sealed the deal on a third-place finish in Region 7 with a 38-34 victory over Orem.
The Bruins and Springville Red Devils went into Thursday night's games with identical 6-5 records in league play, and the Mountain View win combined with a Springville loss to Timpview put the Bruins into a solid third-place finish with a 7-5 region mark.
Mountain View now finds itself with a first-round game against West at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at UVSC.
"We're used to playing early in the morning. We practice at 7 a.m. every Saturday," said Mountain View coach Laura Romo of the early contest.
She also knows that the competition is going to be scrappy, and it should make for a fun game. But all she's asking of her players is for them to come to the tournament and play their best.
"That's all you can ask for," she noted.
And the second half of the game against Orem was all she could ask for as well as the Bruins came from behind at the half to take control in the second, mostly behind the play of Alyssa Olsen.
Olsen dropped a trio of treys on the Tigers in the third quarter and added another in the fourth en route to her game-high 14 points in the contest.
"She did what we needed her to do. But tonight was a total team effort. Everybody contributed something," said Romo.
And nine of the 11 players that made their way into the game put points on the scoreboard as a part of their contribution. Chelsea Kocherhans put in three field goals, including her own 3-pointer, to put seven points on the board, but once again for the Bruins it was balance.
Mountain View outscored Orem 25-19 in the second half as the Bruins finally seemed to find their rhythm.
"On senior night every year there's a lot of pressure. We come out flat in the first quarter every year, so I was expecting it. But in the second half we shook off the cobwebs," said Romo.
Neither team could get anything going offensively in the first half as the two together totaled 28 points.
Kocherhans hit her trey in the first quarter on the Bruins' only field goal as the Tigers held them to a mere four first-quarter points. Maggie Plothow got the trey back for the Tigers in the second as she hit one of only two for the Tigers in the second stanza.
The Tigers led most of the first half, but Mountain View cut into Orem's seven-point lead and found itself down by only a pair at the half.
Virginia Voeks finished with a team-high 12 points for the Tigers in their final contest of the season, and Regan Bailey added seven.Mountain View was only 2-6 from the stripe, but the Tigers only managed 8-19 on their end as neither team could find the net on freebies.
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