<p style=”margin-bottom: 0.14in;”>Sky View and Mountain Crest stepped onto the court together for the first time Wednesday since their intense battle at the state championship game last March. Despite having Braxton Godderidge as Sky View’s sole remaining starter from last year’s championship team, the rivalry of Mountain Crest and Sky View continued in all its intensity Wednesday. But much like what happened last March, the Bobcats got the best of the Mustangs with a 59-46 victory.</p><p style=”margin-bottom: 0.14in;”>Sky View came into the game on a two game win streak looking to advance on a 3-2 region record, while Mountain Crest sporting a 1-4 region record came in trying to improve their standing and snap a four game losing streak.</p><p style=”margin-bottom: 0.14in;”>Both teams started the game trying to get control of the momentum by playing hard-nosed defense. Defense caused Mountain Crest’s first possession to be an air-balled three pointer while Sky View turned the ball over on its first trip down the court. After the first few plays both teams settled in and played a terrific first quarter. In the latter half of the first quarter Mountain Crest showed great ball movement against the 2-3 zone that Sky View played on defense.</p><p style=”margin-bottom: 0.14in;”>“We knew we had to keep them in front of us,” said Bobcat Coach Kirk Hillyard after the game. But in the final seconds of the first Jake Hendrix hit a long three that put Sky View up 15-10.</p><p style=”margin-bottom: 0.14in;”>The second quarter belonged to Jake Kozlowski of Sky View, who scored 14 total points in the first half and the last 6 points of the second quarter, including a well-guarded buzzer beater to help put his team up 30-21 going into the half.</p><p style=”margin-bottom: 0.14in;”>Coming into the second half, Sky View had some momentum but it was still anybody’s ball game. Sky View’s bench played a big role in the game scoring 18 points altogether. With :40 seconds to go in the third quarter Bryan Dority was fouled on a made layup and he connected on his free throw. This play and the 8-3 run that Sky View put together to start the fourth quarter helped them clinch the victory over their rival Mountain Crest.</p><p style=”margin-bottom: 0.14in;”>Despite the continuous woes of Mountain Crest’s season this year there are a few bright spots. One of these bright spots is Freshman Jaxon Brenchley who scored 13 points and continues to play very well for Mountain Crest.</p><p style=”margin-bottom: 0.14in;”>“We kept them shooting jump shots and I don’t think they made a very high percentage of them…we did a pretty good job of that, except for on Brenchley. He’s really tough to guard!” said Hillyard.</p><p style=”margin-bottom: 0.14in;”>Mountain Crest now drops to 1-5 in region and will try to find a way to snap its now five game losing streak when they play Ogden on Friday. Sky View, on the other hand, upgrades to 4-2 in region play (tied with Logan and Box Elder) and has now won three in a row.</p>
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