There’s a lot of athletic, good players on this team, but we need to figure out how to make it a whole team the entire game, and not just for moments of the game. —Bingham coach Charron Mason
SOUTH JORDAN — Ahead of its showdown later this week against top-ranked Copper Hills, Bingham showed on Tuesday that it’s also a team to be reckoned with.
Bingham’s offense was clicking most of the night against previously unbeaten Layton, rolling to the 67-49 victory with four different players scoring in double figures.
The Miners pulled away with a dominant second quarter, outscoring the Lancers 24-8 in building a comfortable 37-17 halftime lead.
Cruising against a Layton program that’s always tough defensively, and fundamentally sound, is what was so satisfying about the victory according to Bingham coach Charron Mason, whose team improved to 5-0 with the win.
A sixth win on Friday against Copper Hills would be its most impressive to date.
“We’re excited to play. They’re not in our region anymore, which is kind of sad, so we’re excited to play them in the preseason to make sure we can get a game with them,” said Mason.
Bingham will need a cleaner start than it had on Tuesday. It missed a lot of shots early against Layton, and trailed 9-5 with just over two minutes remaining in the quarter.
In a blink, though, Bingham got hot. It scored on four straight possessions to close the first quarter on a 8-0 run, and then followed with a 13-0 run in the second quarter for the 26-9 lead.
Layton’s Meg Edwards finally halted the 21-0 run on a layup with 3:36 remaining in the half.
The ball movement that Mason saw during that uptempo stretch spanning the first and second quarter is something she hopes to see more of throughout the season.
“There’s a lot of athletic, good players on this team, but we need to figure out how to make it a whole team the entire game, and not just for moments of the game,” said Mason.
McCord was the catalyst to the big first half, scoring 16 of her game-high 22 points in the first half. She’s scored 20-plus points in all five games this season.
“The way the games have developed, she’s been our top scorer, but it doesn’t really matter to us who it is,” said Mason.
Down by 20 at the half, Layton found an offensive spark early in the third quarter trimming the lead to 14 points on two different occasions.
Just as it did to close the first quarter, Bingham’s offense got hot at the end of the third quarter scoring on seven straight possessions to push the lead back to 58-36.
Six of those points came off turnovers, a trend Mason hopes to see more of.
“I do feel like we need to get better defensively. There’s always room to improve. This team, they like to work together, and we need to get better at that part,” she said.