I was mad. We had a bad third quarter. We weren't playing our best. I wasn't playing my best, at least. So in the fourth quarter I'm looking up at the score and saying, 'This ain't my last game. This isn't going to be anybody's last game. I'm just winning.' —Logan's Amber Kartchner
OREM — Without checking her classification, it would be difficult to believe.
Amber Kartchner, Logan's standout freshman played, well beyond her years in leading a fourth-quarter surge that lifted the Grizzlies past Spanish Fork 62-45 in the quarterfinal round of the 4A girls basketball tournament on Thursday. Kartchner scored a game-high 27 points, but saved her best for last, contributing all but ten of those points in the final eight minutes.
And it was just in time.
Down 37-30 entering the fourth quarter, Kartchner had enough — not wanting her season to end.
"I was mad. We had a bad third quarter. We weren't playing our best. I wasn't playing my best, at least," Kartchner, who went scoreless in the third, said. "So in the fourth quarter, I'm looking up at the score and saying, 'This ain't my last game. This isn't going to be anybody's last game. I'm just winning.'"
Sure enough, Kartchner started off the fourth quarter scoring the first four points, which gave way to a 14-1 run, as the Grizzlies suddenly jumped on top 44-38 with about four minutes remaining. The run featured a lot of steals and fastbreak points, as Logan coach Josh Zentner encouraged.
"We told them to just go," Zentner said. "If we get the rebound, then let's just go. We just had to pick up the pace."
Other big contributions in the fourth quarter came from Taylor Rose, who scored five of her seven points in the final period, along with Mia Marin and Tori Craner, who scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.
But the standout was Kartchner, who didn't miss a shot in the fourth and ended with an 11-16 effort from the field while pulling down nine rebounds and recording five steals.
"I think it was just the pace, and she's a competitor," Zentner said of Kartchner's fourth-quarter explosion. "You're not going to find a more competitive person, but they all are. They knew it was the fourth quarter and they had to get it done."
Spanish Fork was led by Kennedy Frame, who scored a team-high 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
With the win, Logan advances to the semifinal round where it will take on Salem Hills Friday.