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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Bingham's Madison Loftus drives by Viewmont's Megan Carr during the 5A high school girls basketball first round in Taylorsville on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. Bingham won 56-45.
It’s just like state tournament, maybe a little bit of jitters. Once we started pulling together, we were able to come back. —Bingham team captain Shea Rasmussen

TAYLORSVILLE — At the end of the first quarter, it looked like Bingham might be on the wrong end of an upset.

Trailing 17-7, the second-seeded Miners were being outplayed in just about every way. The Miners, however, said they weren’t panicked at all.

“It’s just like state tournament, maybe a little bit of jitters,” said team captain Shea Rasmussen after Bingham defeated Viewmont 56-45. “Once we started pulling together, we were able to come back.”

During the break between quarters, Bingham head coach Charron Mason reminded them that they can deal with challenges like the one Viewmont offered in the first round of the 5A state tournament.

“We’ve been in some tough situations,” she said. “Situations we knew we were just going to have to keep fighting through, and going to the next play. We have to keep going, we have to keep moving forward.”

They also had to start rebounding.

“My thoughts were ‘Man, we’ve got a battle here,'” Mason said. “We knew coming in this would be tough. Viewmont is a good team, even if they’re a third seed, they’re a second-place team.” She told her team they needed to crash the boards.

“We’ve got to secure those possessions,” Mason said.

Leya Harvey took that admonishment to heart and turned into a one-woman wrecking crew. She finished with 21 points and 21 rebounds. She said the task wasn’t easy.

“It was definitely a fight down low,” Harvey said. “We were just fighting for the boards. We all kind of helped each other. We just reminded each other to box out and go get the boards.”

She said her teammates simply helped her focus on something she already knows.

“I needed to push harder and go get the boards,” she said. “I know if we’re having a hard time or troubles, we’ll pull each other together and be like, ‘re-focus, talk to each other, run lanes and do the little things.’ We help each other out like that.”

The Vikings were led by sophomore guard Mercedes Staples, who finished with 15 points. She had eight of the team’s 17 first quarter points. Tori Page added 14 points and Megan Carr finished with seven points.

In addition to Harvey’s double-double, Bingham was led by Madison Loftus, who scored 12 points, and Journey Tupea, who finished with 10 points, all in the second half.

Rasmussen said the team has worked all season to be in sync on the court.

“Our theme this year is ‘One team, one dream,'” Rasmussen said. “And we’re just working hard to get to the end.” She said that while she and her teammates knew they needed to make changes here and there, they never panicked.

“I felt like we stayed pretty calm,” she said smiling at Harvey. “And we knew if we kept fighting, kept pushing that we’d get there.”

The win means Bingham will take on American Fork in Thursday’s 5A quarterfinal at Salt Lake Community College.

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