The thing we take away from this is to believe in ourselves, trust in ourselves. We’ve got the state tournament right around the corner, and this one just gives us a little more confidence going into it. —Timpview head coach Aimee Dorais
PROVO — The Timpview girls basketball team relied heavily yet again on the play of Shalyn Fano during Tuesday's 63-56 win over Region 7 leader Corner Canyon, but when it came crunch time, others proved apt at filling in.
Fano finished the win with a game-high 25 points, although none of those points came during the fourth quarter. Instead it was her teammates stepping up big, such as Ella Pope swishing through a huge 3-pointer late, or Taylor Ross hitting some big foul shots down the stretch.
“They just trust each other,” said Timpview coach Aimee Dorais. “They’re not afraid to take the big (shots.) They know their teammates can score, so they’re fine giving the ball up to them. That’s been the key to our success this far — just that ball movement and knowing someone is going to knock it down eventually.”
Timpview entered the fourth quarter up 49-45, but soon saw the lead trimmed to two after Corner Canyon's Kemery Martin made a 3-pointer. But six straight points from the T-Birds, which included Pope's big 3-pointer, put the visiting Chargers in catchup mode down the stretch.
“We’ve got a bunch of scorers on this team,” Dorais said of her team finishing strong and answering every run Corner Canyon put together. “Every day in practice we see scoring in bunches, so when we see it against an opponent at this point, it doesn’t faze us quite as much. We know it’s a game of runs.”
As for Fano, she was key for the T-Birds throughout, being aggressive while driving to the hoop and also able to make a variety of midrange jumpers. The fourth quarter didn't see the junior forward quit making shots, but instead rely on her teammates to take the open looks they had.
“Shalyn Fano is a baller,” Dorais said. “She is a matchup nightmare, she feeds off of the successes of others and thrives on making those around her better. Shalyn is an asset to this team that is priceless.”
Adding to Fano's game-high 25 points was Pope scoring 10 and Madelyn Boulton nine for the T-Birds. Corner Canyon was led by Martin's 23 points with Jaeden Vaifanua adding 20.
With the win, Timpview moves into a first-place tie with Corner Canyon on top of Region 7. That fact was perhaps not lost on several fans who stormed the court to celebrate the important region win.
“Any region win is great, particularly against a superstar opponent like Corner Canyon,” Dorais said. “I think the better message and the thing we take away from this is to believe in ourselves, trust in ourselves. We’ve got the state tournament right around the corner, and this one just gives us a little more confidence going into it.”
Timpview will finish out the regular season with games at Brighton and then Alta, while the Chargers will work to rebound at home against Alta and then on the road versus Cottonwood.