Story and photos by Kurt Johnson
SPANISH FORK – The only thing standing between the Timpview High girls basketball team and a fourth consecutive Region 8 win Tuesday night was foul trouble.
The Thunderbirds jumped out to a double-digit lead by the early stages of the second quarter and then watched it evaporate before halftime, as Maple Mountain turned up the scoring for an 18-4 run on its home court. The rally was energized by a Timpview line-up that was missing 5-9 guard Lyndie Haddock, who was sitting down with two fouls. The Thunderbirds’ other top performer, Lyndie’s twin sister Lacy, was also out for the first part of the Golden Eagle surge.
The run turned what looked like a runaway Timpview victory into a 30-30 contest at intermission, but the T-Birds pulled away again after the break to record a 63-47 win.
With Lyndie Haddock in foul trouble trying to guard high-scoring Liz Eaton, the Maple Mountain junior dropped in a dozen points before halftime. Timpview turned, somewhat uncharacteristically, to a zone during large stretches of the second half, and the strategy not only kept the Haddock sisters on the floor, but it also shut down Eaton, who is averaging nearly 24 points a night.
Until she scored three points on a traditional three-point play during the game’s final minute, the junior did not score in the second half. Collectively, the Golden Eagles struggled to find the twine after the break, when they had just seven field goals and 17 total points. Those numbers came despite the fact that Maple Mountain pulled down five offensive rebounds during the second half.
The Thunderbirds received some timely 3-point shooting from seniors Haylee Harrison and Ashley King, but they did most of their damage with the Haddocks attacking the rim, knocking down shots and getting to the charity stripe. With Eaton not scoring, the Golden Eagles did not find enough offense from other sources and in the end, there was just too much of the twins, who combined for 40 points on the night.
The win continues a hot stretch for Timpview, which lost it first two games of the season, and three of its first four. Now, the T-Birds (4-0 in Region 8, 8-4 overall) have been on top in seven of their last eight, including an impressive run of four wins against the teams – Salem Hills, Wasatch, Springville and Maple Mountain – who are most likely their biggest challengers for the league title.
It was the second straight double-digit defeat for the Golden Eagles (2-2, 8-4) who were hoping to bring Timpview back to the pack Tuesday night. Maple Mountain lost by a wide margin in its last outing against Salem Hills.
Eaton pulled down six rebounds to go with 15 points to lead the way for the Golden Eagles, while Ellie Eastmon had 10 points and five boards. Nicole Hayn dropped in nine points off the bench for Maple Mountain, which will host Wasatch (1-3, 6-8) next, Friday at 5:15 p.m.
The Thunderbirds will try to stay unbeaten in region play when they visit Provo (0-4, 7-6) at 5:15 p.m. Friday. In this one, Lacy Haddock ripped down 15 rebounds while scoring 25 points to lead all scorers, and Lyndie Haddock tallied 15 points and five boards. Harrison finished with 10 points for Timpview.