The 18th seeded Mountain View Girls Basketball team won their match-up with 10-seed Viewmont in the quarterfinals Tuesday night and will play against 3-seed Highland in the 5A UHSAA State Semifinals Thursday night at the University of Utah.
Mountain View came into the quarterfinals as the lowest seed remaining in the tournament, which of course, they still are. The four teams competing for the state title are 1-seed Lehi, 4-seed Springville, 3-seed Highland, and 18-seed Mountain View. It is certainly a Cinderella Story for the Bruins who continue to exceed expectations under the direction of first-year head coach Gentry Dickerson.
MVHS beat Viewmont Tuesday in an overtime thriller where they showed true grit and resilience. The final score was 52-50. The Bruins were down 18-14 at halftime, but hung around, and came back to keep it close after a few runs that Viewmont went on. Down 29-24 at the end of the third quarter, the Bruins ended up outscoring Viewmont 21-16 in the fourth quarter to force overtime and then pull off the win. Leading scorers for MVHS were Anna Roberts with 15, Sydney White with 12, and Sami Suguturaga with 9.
Beating Viewmont has earned Mountain View the opportunity to face Highland at the Huntsman Center Thursday afternoon — The winner gets to play for the state title. Lehi and Springville will compete for the other spot in the title game at 3 p.m. View the full bracket here.
The Highland Rams have a whopping 20 wins overall on the season (and just 3 losses). Their region record is 13-2. Their three losses are to Woods Cross, Hillcrest, and East. That loss against East came in Highland’s last game of the regular season.
Highland’s path to the playoffs started with a bye, then they defeated Woods Cross 43-33 at home before advancing to the quarterfinals where they faced Salem Hills at the Huntsman Center, winning that game, 34-30.
Mountain View won their first round playoff game at Box Elder, 62-42. They upset 2-seed Farmington in the second round, 42-40 before their Tuesday night victory over Viewmont. The Bruins are now 13-12 overall (7-5 in region play).
Mountain View vs. Highland will start at 4:40 p.m. at the Huntsman Center on the campus of the University of Utah. If you are headed to the game, please be sure to read up on the arena’s policies and general information. For Mountain View students, a fan bus will depart from Mountain View at 3 p.m. to head up to the game. The cost of the bus is covered, and students just need to pay $5 for a game ticket to the Finance Office in order to reserve a spot. Prices at the ticket office are $10 for adults, $5 for children 17 and under, and $5 for seniors. If you cannot attend the game, it will be available streaming at live.ksl.com. Go support the Lady Bruins as they continue this historic run!