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Girls Basketball: Ogden claims rivalry win over Ben Lomond on Knowles’ big game

Thursday , January 18, 2018 - 10:33 PM

BOB JUDSON, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

OGDEN — There’s an old adage that says when two rivals meet in a game, you can throw out their records; what’s happened to that point doesn’t matter.

With the difficult seasons Ogden and Ben Lomond have been dealt, Thursday evening was an opportunity to discard the defeats and just enjoy the moment.

Ogden won its second game in a row — and is suddenly relevant in Region 11 — by blowing out rival Ben Lomond 46-32 in a convincing home victory.

“It’s always nice to beat Ben Lomond. If you guys aren’t ready to play for this one, there’s something wrong,” Ogden coach Scott Yetter said. “A lot of these kids grew up together. They played together in middle school. It’s always a big one for them.”

With a win over Park City on Tuesday, the Tigers (2-11 overall, 2-3 Region 11) have hopefully started to figure things out.

“This is the best we’ve played all year, the best team basketball we’ve played all year. It’s two nights in a row that we’ve played unselfishly, looked for each other, tried to create and take something away,” Yetter said.

The Tigers pounced on Ben Lomond (2-8, 0-4) with a 13-1 first quarter, led by seven points from senior guard Aleah Knowles and Brynn Soelberg, who added the other six.

“We really needed to get this win, because we got one on Tuesday and if we had a chance to get to state, we needed to win this,” Knowles said. “I knew as a senior I kind of needed to lead the team and start us off strong, make us go strong, go hard and give 100 percent.”

Knowles finished with a monster game of 19 points, eight steals, four rebounds and six assists, while Soelberg chipped in 12 points, 10 in the first half.

“Between me, Brynn and Makin (Clarke), we usually score points a bit, so we’re always looking for each other — whoever has the best shot — and just finishing when we have it,” Knowles said.

Ogden extended its lead to 19-1 in the second stanza before the Scots got their initial field goal on a steal and layup by Taylor Abbott with 4:20 left in the half.

“We came out with that zone that we run,”Yetter said. “A lot of coverage and good movement. We went into our half-court trap and were causing turnovers. That set the tone for the rest of the night.”

Abbott tried to get the Scots back in it with seven points in the second quarter and finished with 15 for the game, but Ogden maintained a comfortable lead throughout the second half.

Ben Lomond did score 11 points in each of the third and fourth quarters, but had little support for Abbott, as Andie Booth was next in line with four points on the night.

Ogden now faces a pair of road games next week at Tooele and Stansbury.

“Next week are big games,” Yetter said. “I think we can play competitive with most anybody in our region right now. So, just trying to keep it going.”

SKY VIEW 65, BEAR RIVER 52

Sky View outscored Bear River 27-12 in the first quarter en route to a win over the Bears (4-10, 0-3 Region 12). The Bears trailed 39-25 at halftime, but closed the gap to three points after scoring 24 in the third quarter.

NORTH SUMMIT 56, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 33

Danyale Thomas scored 16 points for Layton Christian, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles (7-10, 2-2 Region 16) suffered a home loss to North Summit.

The Braves jumped out to a 22-6 lead after the first quarter and led LCA 33-11 at halftime.

ST. JOSEPH 60, UTAH MILITARY 26

Virginia Tomon scored a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead St. Joseph (4-9, 1-3 Region 16) to its first region win of the year against Utah Military (1-9, 0-4 Region 16).

The Jayhawks led 19-4 after the first quarter and 27-11 at the break. Emma Dulaney added eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals for St. Joseph.

Rae McBride scored seven points for UMA; Adison Felix and Raegan Furniss added five points each.

Patrick Carr contributed to score reports.

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