Tooele girls outscored Ben Lomond 28-10 in the final 15 minutes of the game Tuesday night en route to a 50-29 victory at home.
The Lady Buffs led 22-19 after the first 30 seconds of the third quarter when Leanza Driscoll hit a corner 3-pointer for the visitors. Tooele pulled away from there with 14 straight points and had the game in hand up 38-19 with 2:30 to go in the third quarter.
The Lady Buffs closed out the region season with a 4-4 record and finished third in Region 11. They will travel to Hurricane, who finished second in Region 9, for a state tourney first round game on Friday, Feb. 21.
Tooele still has one more non-region home game on Tuesday, Feb. 18 against 4A Ogden (1-9, 3-13).
“We have a bye this Thursday with the rest of the region playing so we wanted to schedule a game for next week. Otherwise, we would go several days without a game before playing in the playoffs,” said Tooele coach Kris Ashby.
The Lady Buffs hit their stride Tuesday night after a sluggish first half. After the first 16 minutes, Tooele led only 22-16 against the Lady Scots who ended the region season at 0-8.
“We told the girls to just go out and play our type of game. We went straight man-to-man on defense and our shots started to fall,” Ashby said. “For some reason our shots were all coming up short in the first half.”
The coach said some credit needed to go to Ben Lomond. “They played much better this time around, and they had their shooter (Driscoll) hitting shots tonight.” Driscoll scored 14 with three 3-pointers. Tooele won the first game between the two teams 78-21.
Tooele got its third quarter run started with two inside baskets by Baylee Hansen. After a pair of foul shots from Courtney Schiwal, Sydnee Simmons followed in a shot and Tooele had its largest lead of the game at 30-19.
The lead continued to expand with a basket from Taylor Thomas on an assist from Amber Haskell. Aubrey Vanderwerken knocked down a jumper, and Simmons closed the 14-point run with another follow shot.
Tooele emptied the bench midway through the fourth quarter and outscored Ben Lomond 11-7 in the final frame.
Tooele opened the game on a 10-1 run with a 3-pointer from Schiwal and a pair of offensive rebound baskets by Thomas.
Ben Lomond closed out the first quarter with five straight points to trail 15-9 after the first quarter.
Tooele maintained the six point advantage throughout the second quarter.
Scoring: Thomas 15, Schiwal 8, Simmons 8, Hansen 6, Vanderwerken 5, Hannah Webber 3, Kelsie Jackson 2, Paris Stewart 2, Rylee Whitehouse 1.