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Northridge High’s Eliza Bailey (11, right) goes up for a lay-up under the guard of Bonneville’s Alexia Stone during a girls’ preseason basketball game at Northridge High on Friday, January 14, 2022.

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Bonneville High’s Courtnie Porter (right, center) blocks Northridge’s Madison Hosino’s shot during a preseason women’s basketball game at Northridge High on Friday, January 14, 2022.

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Northridge High’s Madison Hosino prepares to shoot a 3-pointer during a preseason women’s basketball game against Bonneville at Northridge High on Friday, January 14, 2022.

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Libby Jensen of Bonneville High (left) runs past Kate Tueller of Northridge (13) during a women’s preseason basketball game at Northridge High on Friday, January 14, 2022.

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Bonneville High’s Mya Jones dribbles down the court during a women’s preseason basketball game at Northridge High on Friday, January 14, 2022.

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LAYTON — The number of COVID-19 cases that rocked the charts this week was high enough to finally sneak onto the northern Utah high school sports scene, postponing at least a dozen games.

That left Friday’s first Region 5 women’s basketball game between Bonneville and Northridge as the only regional game of the evening.

Region 5’s newest kids on the block, the Knights, were missing several players due to said COVID-19, but still managed a 44-31 win over the Lakers in a game where neither team led by more than two. figures until the last minute of the game.

According to Northridge coach Chris Smith and leading scorer Madison Hosino, it wasn’t the best game for the Knights, but sometimes it doesn’t have to be.

“No, it’s not (easy), but we prepared a lot this week knowing that we would miss a lot of girls, and a lot of girls just did their part, which I think was a big part of why we won,” Hosino said.

“It’s been a really tough thing, but at the end of the day our philosophy is this. It doesn’t matter who’s out, we always have to play the game,” Smith said.

Present, represented and a key factor in the Knights’ victory, however, was Hosino, who scored 19 points and also dished out a few assists.

“She’s probably one of our best playmakers. We know she can shoot, we know she can score, but honestly she takes more pleasure in trying to set her teammates up for success and that’s what leaders do,” Smith said.

Kate Tueller, the team’s second-leading scorer, added 13 points. Tueller and Hosino both went 3 for 4 from the foul line in the fourth quarter (NHS still went 10 for 21 from the line as a team).

Both teams were pretty good at making good shots early on, they just didn’t make many either from the field or from the foul line.

“I like the way we played defense for most of the game. Especially in the first half we played really good defence,” Smith said.

That kept both teams from taking a lead greater than 2-3 points until late in the second quarter when the Knights chained three game-winning possessions for a quick 9-0 run and a 20-12 lead at halftime. -time.

Bonneville (4-10, 0-1 Region 5) trailed by no less than nine points (24-15) in the third before Libby Jensen made a deep 3-pointer on the wing.

The Lakers eventually closed at 24-23 in the third, then Hosino drained a 3 for Northridge (7-5, 1-0) the next trip to the floor to put the Knights up 27-23 in the fourth quarter.

Northridge took the lead up to nine separate two-pointers in the fourth, but the Lakers came back each time to prevent the game from slipping away.

After sitting out the entire third quarter with four first-half fouls, Bonneville forward and leading scorer Courtnie Porter came back with an early seven points — she finished the game with those seven — to help the Lakers at least less keep pace.

“We tried to go straight to her from the start and obviously got her in trouble,” Hosino said.

Jensen was another bright spot for Bonneville in the second half, but committed her fourth and fifth fouls in quick succession late in the fourth quarter and came out with a team-high nine points.

Meanwhile, Hosino continued to do all the play necessary to keep the Knights in the driver’s seat, whether it was a 3-pointer, passing over the defense to a wide-open Tueller. or a full-court pass to find Hali’a Mislang. -Darden for an open lay-up at the other end.

That double-digit lead that Northridge had been flirting with all night finally came to fruition late in the fourth when Hosino and Tueller knocked down 6 of 8 free throw attempts to close the door on Bonneville.

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