Patience mixed with mental toughness kept Layton Christian in its Class 1A quarterfinal Thursday night against Escalante.
Alissa Atisme's ability to knock down pressure free throws kept the Eagles' season alive.
The senior guard made two free throws with 11 seconds remaining, then forced a turnover with 3 seconds left as Layton Christian held off Escalante 42-40 at the Sevier Valley Center.
"I expected one, but two was a plus," LCA coach Lewis Loftin said of Atisme's free throws. "She's been around the program for five years and when she stepped up she said, 'Hey, there's no tomorrow. I've got to make these.' And she knocked them down."
The victory sent the Eagles (13-7) into a semifinal matchup with Piute (19-5) Friday at 7:30.
Junior Teneshia Davison and sophomore Shayla Simpson each scored 13 points for the Eagles, who have won each of their tournament games by two points. LCA beat Duchesne 40-38 in Wednesday's first round.
"We've been a lot more patient," Loftin said. "Been a lot better with turnovers. I think my girls prepare to be mentally tough. They know the odds against them."
Lindsay Phillips scored 16 points for Escalante (8-14), which went cold from the field in the third quarter and managed just four points. That stretch turned a two-point halftime lead into a 31-28 deficit from which the Moquis couldn't recover.
Escalante plays Manila at noon Friday in the consolation bracket.
Piute 54, Manila 41 • Sophomore guard Shaylee Gleave scored a game-high 18 points and junior forward Kierra Gleave added 16 as Piute advanced to Friday's semifinal.
The Thunderbirds, who have won six in a row and 14 of 15, trailed at halftime.
Rebecca Collet scored 16 points for Manila (19-4), which lost in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.
Rich 50, Monticello 27 • Alisa Petersen and Alyssa Brown each scored 13 points as the Rebels (20-1) advanced to play in tonight's semifinal against St. Joseph OR Milford.
Zoe Chadwick had eight points for Monticello (12-11).
St. Joseph 30, Milford 27 • The defending champion Jayhawks (20-0) found enough offense in the second half to survive the upset-minded Tigers (17-8).
Mady White scored a team-high 10 points for St. Joseph. Shyla Sherwood had a game-high 12 points for Milford, which led 8-5 at halftime and missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 8 seconds to play.