Hyrum, Utah — In a clash between cross-town rivals, the Mountain Crest High girl’s basketball team pulled off the come-from-behind win over Sky View High, 57-49 on Tuesday. Senior Karlee Kartchner led all scorers with 22 points for the Mustangs in the win.
“It was a team loss,” head coach Kimber Hall said. “I feel good about these girls. We’ll have to take care of our home court.”
It was a tale of two halves as the Bobcats won the tip and race to a 4-0 lead behind a pair jump shots from junior Kendra Falslev. Sky View took advantage of sloppy play and turnovers and increased the lead to six, but the Mustangs used a 9-0 surge to close out the first quarter and led by three after one period of play.
Junior Tara Goldman recorded 12 first half points, and after her fourth layup of the game, Sky View held a two point advantage. The basket broke open a tie game and the Bobcats closed the half on an 11-3 run as the Mustangs were unable to slow the pace of a fast-tempo Sky View offense.
Senior Dannika Webb had three assists during the run, and Sky View went into the half with a 31-23 lead.
It all changed coming out of the locker room.
The Bobcats saw that eight point advantage dwindle throughout the third quarter as the Mustangs chipped away at the deficit. Mountain Crest rotated defenders on Goldman, and Sky View was unable to get her the ball in the post.
Coach Hall said the team didn’t execute.
“We have to be able to run a set offense,” Hall said. “We didn’t do that. We called timeouts, asked them to run the set offense, but we didn’t during the fourth quarter.”
With Goldman being held in check, the Mustangs closed the gap to three to start the fourth quarter.
Matters just got worse for the Bobcats.
With the offense struggling, Sky View was unable to contain Kratchner in the second half after limiting her to just six points in the first half. Kratchner scored 12 points in the third quarter as the Mustangs cut the lead to three entering the fourth quarter.
The Bobcat defense played strong for the first four minutes of the quarter, but after a layup from sophomore Katie Wallentine, Mountain Crest gained a 49-48 edge. Sky View knotted the game at 49 on a free throw with three minutes remaining, and it looked like the game would come down to the wire.
Goldman said she felt the energy and momentum get away.
“I could feel the energy start to go,” Goldman said. “we tried to fight it, but we lost it halfway through. The momentum shift killed us.”
Back-to-back baskets from the Mustangs gave them a 53-49 edge with under two minutes remaining, and Mountain Crest finished the game with from the free throw line, as the Bobcats managed just one field goal from Falslev and a free throw junior Maddie Day in the fourth quarter.
With the loss, Sky View fell to 9-4 on the season, and 1-1 in Region play. The Bobcats travel to face Bonneville on Thursday. The Vikings are 9-3 after defeating Logan Tuesday night.