Pre-season play wraps up for Davis; Region 5 teams finish up this weekJan 08, 2021 10:49AM ● By Catherine Garrett
Woods Cross won its first two games this past week while Davis got a win after a nearly two-week layoff. Bountiful and Viewmont went 1-1 while Farmington suffered just its second loss this season.
After an 0-3 start to the season, Woods Cross has now won its last two games, including a 34-21 win over Northridge Dec. 30. In a low-scoring first half, the Wildcats were up 12-6 at halftime before a 22-point second half increased the winning margin.
“We felt like we played a pretty good game overall,” head coach David Simon said. “There were several girls that hadn’t played or practiced for well over two weeks so we weren’t sure how it would go. We have been struggling in the second half of games offensively, but we were able to have a good start to the second that really helped us get the win.”
Annie Michaelis led in scoring with 12 points while Eliza Hoggan (five points), Katie King (four), Kenna Cowley (four), Sofia Mokofisi (four), Alisi Taliataina (three) and Emily Mehlesten (two) also added offense for the Wildcats.
Head coach Anne Jones wanted her group to bring energy and focus to the court in playing in their first game since Dec. 17. Davis responded with a 36-point first-half effort to take a 17 point halftime lead. The Darts outscored the Bees by eight in the second half for a 64-39 winning margin.
“Box Elder is a good team that is balanced with an inside outside attack, but we jumped on them early and were able to build on that and keep the lead the entire game,” Jones said. “We played as a team and shared the basketball and also shot the ball extremely well at the three-point line so that’s hard to defend.”
Kylee Mabry led four players in double figures with 14 points while Callie Tolman (13), Taylor Leavitt (13) and Kendra Kitchen (12) were also big offensively. Kitchen had nine of the team’s 29 rebounds to lead on the boards.
Davis is 5-1 so far this season.
“We now have to get ready for a tough Region 1 with our first game against Weber on Tuesday,” Jones said.
The Braves defeated Cyprus 57-46 Dec. 30, coming out strong to take a six point lead after the first quarter and a 25-18 margin at the break. A 32-point second half effort sealed the win for the 7-1 Braves.
Emrie Satuala scored 24 points to lead Bountiful while Jordyn Harvey added 13 to also have double figures. Claire Cook (nine points), Riley Johnson (six), Calli Nelson (two), Esther Broom (two), Lizzy McConkie (two) and Evi Chism (one) also contributed offensively for the Braves.
“It was a hard fought game,” head coach Joel Burton said. “Emrie and Jordyn led us while Riley and Claire gave us good minutes.”
Against Lehi Dec. 31, Bountiful found themselves down 17-2 after the first quarter and 33-10 by halftime. The Braves outscored the Pioneers 25-21 in the second half in the 54-35 loss.
“It was a rough one. We just couldn’t get started,” Burton said. “Lehi is really good and shot really well.”
McConkie had 11 points to lead Bountiful with Satuala (10 points), Fouts (four), Chism (three), Harvey (two), Johnson (two) and Cook (one) also scored.
“Dani Lunceford gave us a big lift off the bench,” Burton said.
The Braves’ record stands at 7-2.
Viewmont beat Clearfield 43-31 Dec. 30, battling back from an early deficit to lead by nine points at halftime. A strong 13-point third quarter helped the Vikings extend the lead further in the win.
“We played great defense again, but shot poorly,” head coach Roger Farnsworth said. “We had 51 rebounds, including 27 offensive rebounds.”
Grace Mackay had a double-double to lead Viewmont with 11 points and 12 rebounds while Lauren Weir added an eight point, 10 rebound effort.
Against Bingham Dec. 30, the Vikings lost to Bingham 59-47. The teams were separated by just two points through the first two quarters before the Miners outscored Viewmont by eight in the third and five more in the final quarter for the winning margin.
“We played them tough with good defense and better shooting,” Farnsworth said. “We led by two at halftime. They went to the foul line and we didn’t.”
Viewmont’s record currently stands at 7-4 on the season.
Farmington had begun the year winning its first seven games until a 53-44 setback against Lehi Dec. 30. The teams battled in the first quarter with the Phoenix down three points heading into the first quarter. Farmington’s strong second frame put the team up 33-25 by halftime, but the Phoenix were shut out in the third quarter and an 11-point fourth quarter wasn’t enough to erase the deficit in the team’s nine-point loss.
“We led by eight at halftime, but then couldn’t find the rim in the third quarter and went scoreless. That was the difference,” head coach Van Price said.
Delaney Baker scored 16 points while Valerie Kunzler added 11 to also score in double figures. Baker and McFarland teamed up for 12 rebounds while Brooklyn Marchant dished out seven assists in the loss.
Farmington is now 7-1 on the season.