Mountain View Bruins are seeing success on the court this season in both boys and girls basketball, with the boys sitting in third place in Region 7 and the girls going 7-0 in region play.
The Lady Bruins are hot on the court - they are currently in first place in the region and don’t show signs of stopping any time soon. Their ultimate goal is to take the state title this year and bump MVHS up to 88 state championships.
Maya Smith, a senior on the team, said, “I know as a team we want to win not only the region championship, but we want to be able to say that we’re the best team in state. So we want the state title.”
Kayla Sujeta, a team captain, said, “Our biggest hope is to win a state championship, but that will be very hard, and it requires a lot of us, but we can do it.”
The Bruins are averaging winning by 21 points, and a lot of that comes from learning to work together as a team, according to the players.
“At the beginning of the season when we weren’t as united as a team. We had to work that out and now we’re even stronger together, we have a better bond,” Lavender Briggs said. Briggs is the best player in the state in girls basketball right now.
“The unity of the team, it’s so fun,” Addy Lartey said. “At practice we have gotten a lot closer. In the preseason, people were still doing other sports and doing stuff like that, but now that we’re in season and we’re winning and we’re doing all that stuff, I think everyone is a lot closer, and practice is just fun. The team is way fun. So everyone is really close and that’s fun.”
On the boys’ side of things, the Bruins recently came off the high of beating Orem for the first time in seven years and then fell in a buzzer-beater to Timpanogos. With each game, the Bruins are working toward their goal of making it to state and winning a state title.
Kedrick Clayton looked good against Timp, ending with 22 points. Cade Cosgrove had a huge game with 10 points added to his stats.
“We started a little slow, but coming together as a team and beating Orem was a big moment,” Clayton said. “We’re just trying to keep the team together and working on keeping our confidence up even if we have a bad game . . . My biggest hope is that we can continue playing together, and achieve or goal of making it to the state championship”
“Beating Orem was the best part of the season,” Todd Goodman said. “The hardest part is probably practices but it’s worth it in the end. Our goal is to win a region championship and make it to the state championship.”
The Bruin play Timpview at Timpview on Tuesday, and a win there would help with their goal of winning the region title. Fans play a big part in making the season fun, according to Bryan Goodman, and the Bruin Crazies are a welcome addition to any home or away game.
“The environment was the best part of this season,” Bryan said. “The games are super fun because lots of people come and it’s super crazy and just lots of fun.”
Reporter Mason Abbott says that he’s said it before and he’ll say it again - Region 7 is anyone’s region to take, and whoever brings their game on any given night can walk away with a win.
The Bruins play Orem at home on Senior Night, which is February 14th. The school will hold a pep assembly at the end of school to get everyone fired up for the game, and all students are invited to come out and rock the mountain.