Yutan coach Justin Petersen watched Brady Timm at practice Wednesday night and figured the state tournament spotlight wouldn’t be too bright for his sophomore guard.

The coach was right.

Timm scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the first half as fifth-ranked Yutan never trailed.

“You could see he was dialed in,” Petersen said. “He just looked like a veteran and he’s not.”

Timm, who is third on the team in scoring (11.3), had 13 points in the second quarter as Yutan built a 30-20 halftime lead. Timm attacked the basket and went 7 of 8 from the foul line in the quarter.

Meanwhile, Sutton’s offense struggled early.

“We knew Sutton would be bigger than us, but we thought if we kind of could get our feet on the ground quicker than they could, we’ll be really well off,” Petersen said.

Yutan led by 13 after three quarters before Sutton cut its deficit to 47-43 with 2:34 left. But Yutan hit 8 of 12 free throws in the final 1:49 to secure a return trip to the semifinal.

Yutan (22-5)............12 18 10 15—55

Sutton (24-3).............7 13    7 18—45

Y: Trey Knudsen 6, Brady Timm 25, Clayton Nelson 10, Will Hays 5, Carter Tichota 2, Jason Simon 7.

S: Cade Wiseman 9, Quenton Jones 1, Kyle Baumert 7, Jordan Davis 4, Jacob Haight 3, Seth George 11, Eli Stengel 3, Garrett Nuss 7.

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