Box Elder • Time and again in the first half of its game against Box Elder, the Bonneville girls' basketball team ran a slick offensive set, scored easily, then forced a quick turnover or miss on the defensive end.
Rinse, lather, repeat.
It was hard at times to judge whether the Lakers were more impressive on the offensive or defensive end of the court in their 51-29 road win over the Bees on Thursday evening.
Ask the Lakers, and they'll say it started on the defensive end. The Lakers held the Bees to just seven points in the first half. Their help-defense smothered would-be shooters and forced a string of difficult shots.
"Our No. 1 goal coming into any game is to be good on defense," Lakers coach Mike Russell said. "To hold any team to seven points in a half is impressive. It doesn't matter who it is."
Offensively, the Lakers' athleticism and discipline overmatched the Bees. Box Elder was unable to keep up with Bonneville's off-ball movement, as the Lakers were able to steal several layups on baseline cuts, set up by smooth assists.
Emilie Volk led the way for Bonneville with 20 points, including 15 in the first half that allowed the Lakers to put away the game early.
"I was just attacking," Volk said. "My dad's always telling to attack, stay low and remember the makes and forget about the misses. I kind of found my groove, and the team was passing to me well."
The Bees finally found an offensive rhythm in the fourth and in the second half outscored the Lakers, who by that point were experimenting with seldom-used lineups. Given the Bees' late offensive stretch, Volk, while pleased, wasn't entirely content with the Lakers' defense.
"It was definitely remarkable for the first half," Volk said. "But we have a lot to work on we had some possessions where we wouldn't help or certain things, so we can't be satisfied."
Mitzi Munns had 12 for the Bees, who fell to 1-4 in Region 5. For Bonneville, the victory capped the first half of its region schedule, and the Lakers remain undefeated on the year.
• Emilie Volk scored 20 points to keep the Lakers undefeated.
• The Lakers held the Bees to just seven first-half points.