<strong>HYRUM— </strong>Junior Kelsey Kartchner led a balanced offense Friday, as the Mountain Crest girl’s basketball team ran past the Lone Peak Knights, 61-33.
“We finally put one together,” MC head coach Candace Thornton said. “We put a whole game together and came out on top. We’ve really been trying to pound it inside. The girls kept shooting and a couple of them got hot.”
It took the Mustangs half a quarter to find their footing, but once they did they could do little wrong. Tough defense pressured the Knights into turnover after turnover and fueled a 24-0 Mountain Crest run that spanned the final two minutes of the first quarter and the first six minutes of the second quarter.
Kelsey Kartchner scored a team-high 10 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds to lead the Mustangs, while Kayla Erickson, Macayla Hanks and McKenzie Anderson each added eight points.
“(Kelsey) got double-teamed early on,” Thornton said. “She moved outside a little bit and got herself going. We focused in the second half on hitting her when she was open and that allowed her to score. She stepped and hit the shots when she needed to.”
Sophomores Aubrey Wilson and Brylee Bromley scored 14 and six points, respectively, to pace Lone Peak, but the Knights were overmatched by the zone defense and half-court trap defense of the Mustangs.
After dropping three straight, the Mustangs improved to 3-4 overall with the win. The Knights failed to win consecutive games for the second time and fell to 2-6 overall.
The Mustangs will host Clearfield in the second of a five-game homestand beginning Tuesday, Dec. 18.
“We’ve had an incredibly hard schedule,” Thornton said. “Slowly each practice we’ve tried to fix the little things that hurt us every game and we did that tonight. We’ve just got to keep building on this. We can’t stop here. We have to add to it. We can’t be satisfied.”