TAYLORSVILLE – The Bountiful Lady Braves dominated the opening quarter of Wednesday night’s 4A quarterfinal game against the Timberwolves, scoring 22 points while building a 13 point lead in the process.
After that, however, the Lady Braves were forced into three quarters of bad decisions, turnovers, and a full court defense by the Timpanogos that discombobulated Bountiful into losing the game, 60-54.
After staking claim to a 22-9 lead entering the second quarter, Timpanogos switched game plans on defense and began to press Bountiful, using the entire court instead of falling back to half-court defense.
The plan was a success as the Timberwolves started the quarter on a 10-2 run, trimming its deficit from 13 to five points with four minutes remaining in the first half.
The Lady Braves only scored six points in the second quarter, and only one basket was scored from the floor after Kennedy Redding found a hole in the defense for a lay-up.
Approximately 17 seconds were left in the half when Redding scored, and the rest of the Lady Braves points came from the free-throw line.
Timpanogos’s big comeback was completed in the third quarter when Rachelle Warner scored to give the Timberwolves a 36-35 lead with 2:31 left. Bountiful briefly regained the lead, but a pair of made free throws and a field goal by Eternity Galeai in the closing seconds gave Timpanogos a 38-36 lead entering the final quarter.
The game stayed close through the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, but early foul trouble by Bountiful had Timpanogos shooting free throws for the remainder of the game.
The Timberwolves responded by converting 11-of-14 free throw attempts, and Bountiful failed to make a full comeback.
By the end of the game, Timpanogos forced 29 total turnovers.
Tiana Dougher led the Lady Braves in scoring with 19 points. Redding scored 12 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in the loss.
Galeai scored a game-high 25 points for Timpanogos in the win.
The Timberwolves will face Springville in the semi-finals Thursday at 5:50 p.m.