PROVO — Aside for a few nervy moments late in the game when a 21-point lead dipped briefly into single digits, Corner Canyon left little doubt Tuesday night who the best team in Region 7 is.
In a showdown between two of 5A’s elite, visiting Corner Canyon grabbed an early lead and never looked back in a convincing 65-50 win on Timpview’s home floor.
It was the Chargers’ first road win at Timpview in school history and gives them a leg up on Timpview in the race for the region title. Last year the teams shared the title.
“I’m a scouting report, strategy guy — execute, practice — let’s make sure we’re sound, and we’ve kind of struggled with that. Sometimes we get into the game in a big situation and we press too hard, we’re trying to do too much by ourselves. Tonight they executed our game plan to the T,” said Corner Canyon coach Jeramy Acker.
Corner Canyon outscored Timpview in all four quarters as Kemery Martin led the way with 21 points and Jaeden Vaifanua added 20.
Contributions came from all over the floor for the Chargers, including from Alex Wright, who hit two clutch corner 3-pointers in the second quarter to finish with nine points.
“I’m so proud of her for not shying away from the moment and stepping up in a big moment like that,” said Acker, whose team improved to 3-0 in Region 7 with the win while Timpview falls to 2-1.
Martin said the composed start to the game was key.
“Timpview likes to run and get us going and get us going fast, and I think it was important to play together and play at our pace,” said Martin.
The slightly slower pace and a solid defensive effort helped Corner Canyon open up a 28-16 halftime lead.
Timpview only shot 22 percent from the field in the first half, but it came out and scored on three of its first four possessions in the third quarter to whittle the deficit to 28-23. The lead hovered around seven points most of the third quarter until Corner Canyon closed with an 8-2 run to stretch the lead to 42-39.
“Third quarter, Timpview came out firing, they were hitting on everything, but I was super proud of my girls because we know basketball is about runs,” said Acker.
Corner Canyon continued the momentum into the fourth quarter with a 9-1 run as the lead ballooned to 51-30 with just over four minutes left.
Timpview showed grit on both ends of the floor over those last four minutes to trim the lead to 59-50, but it simply ran out of time as Corner Canyon sealed the win at the free-throw line.
Shalyn Fano led Timpview in the loss with 18 points.