Bear River thwarted Stansbury’s bid to win an outright Region 11 championship Thursday night.
In a tight battle in Garland, the Lady Bears broke away from the Stallions late in the third quarter and held on to win the game 56-49.
The two teams appear destined to tie for the region championship with their remaining games against the two teams at the bottom of the standings. The Stallions (6-1, 13-8) close out at home against Grantsville (2-4, 5-14) on Thursday. Bear River (5-1, 13-7) hosts Grantsville on Tuesday and closes out at Ben Lomond (0-6, 1-17) on Thursday.
“It was a battle out there tonight and we knew it would be going up against Bear River,” said Stansbury coach Kenzie Newton. “Our girls fought hard and I thought we executed at the end. We got some good looks and we fouled who we wanted to foul.”
Stansbury ended up stuck at 31 points after Danielle Dunn scored inside to trim Bear River’s lead to 33-31 with 2:29 left in the third quarter.
Bear River then scored 10 points in a row to expand its advantage to 43-31 with 6:22 left in the game.
The Stallions suddenly needed some big plays to get back in the game, and they got what they wanted from seniors Bailey Wilson and Madie Alvey. Wilson drained a corner 3-pointer and was fouled in the act. She connected on the foul shot to trim the Lady Bears’ lead to eight points.
After a Bear River hoop, Wilson hit a short baseline jumper, followed by a 3-pointer from Alvey to make it 45-40 with 4:44 left in the contest.
After a Bear River made foul shot to make it 46-40, Wilson was whistled for her fourth foul, and then Alvey was hit with her fourth foul too.
“It hurt us a little bit when Madie got her third foul in the first half. She did a good job staying in the game, but she had to play safe on defense and that’s really not her style,” Newton said.
Despite the foul trouble, Stansbury trimmed the lead to 47-44 on a pair of foul makes from Erika Lakin with 1:49 left in the game.
Stansbury would substitute Alvey and Wilson in on offense, and take them out of the game on defense in the final two minutes.
Bear River ended up hitting its foul shots in the final seconds of the game. The outcome was still up for grabs, however, after Shyan Adams sank two free shots to trim the score to 49-46 with 54 seconds remaining.
But Bear River countered when Erin Fox drove to the basket, scored and was fouled to go up 52-46. Alyssa Park then hit another basket for the Lady Bears to put the game on ice.
“Overall, our rebounding hurt us; we struggled a little to box out,” Newton said. “I told the girls they have nothing to hang their heads about. This is the best record we’ve had in girls basketball at the school. Now just go beat Grantsville and get a home game in the playoffs.”
Stansbury led 13-8 after one quarter, and 25-24 at intermission. Bear River gained a lead at 37-31 after three quarters.
Alvey scored 14, Wilson 12, Kallie Stewart 6, Rachel Prescott 6, Lakin 5, Adams 4, Dunn 2.