For the Bountiful Lady Braves basketball team, consistency has been the key to their initial success so far; they have scored more than 50 points in their first two contests.
The team’s second game was Monday night, where a 19-0 run that spilled from the first to the second quarter helped the Lady Braves score 50 points for the second consecutive game, leading to a 54-33 victory over the Northridge Lady Knights.
The win gives them a 2-0 start to the early season.
“We’ve been looking for that to be one of the keys to our success this season,” said Bountiful coach Joel Burton. “So far, we’re seeing that. Scoring 50 points in the first two games is good, so we’re hoping to keep that pace up.
“It will be something that we could use to measure up to this season.”
The run started in the first quarter with roughly two minutes to go. With the score tied at 6-6, Kennedy Merrick and Miranda O’Dell scored the final two baskets to end the first quarter. When the second quarter began, Lady Braves O’Dell, Abby Wilson and Bailey Furmanski picked up the scoring pace with 12 of the remaining 15 points, all while holding the Lady Knights scoreless.
Northridge’s first points in the quarter came with a pair of free throws following a foul call, the team’s first points in nearly 10 minutes of play.
The Lady Braves only allowed 12 points the entire first half.
“We have a lot of speed, which puts a lot of pressure on opposing offenses,” said Burton. “We did the same thing against West Jordan when we faced them. I’m sure (Northridge) would have told you the same thing.
“We want to make sure our opponents are feeling a lot of pressure during the game. If we do that we can be successful not just now, but for the rest of the season.”
The defense for Bountiful loosened up in the second half, allowing 21 points but still outscored the Knights by six points overall.
Northridge took the initial charge with five consecutive points to open the second half, however, senior guard Katerina Skedros and Taylor Boroson scored the next six points to extend their lead.
The Knights struggled down the stretch to finish the third quarter, being held scoreless for three minutes while Bountiful extended on their lead.
The Braves defense remained stellar for the rest of the quarter, but got into some foul trouble to start the fourth quarter of play.
Most of the Knights points were scored from the free throw line for most of the game, including the second half where they attempted 13 of their 21 total attempts.
Boroson finished with 14 points, four steals and three rebounds for the Braves. Wilson finished with 10 points, two rebounds and two steals for Bountiful in the win.