Farmington girls basketball remains undefeated in region playFeb 01, 2021 12:47PM ● By Catherine Garrett
Davis, Bountiful and Farmington picked up region wins last week while Viewmont and Woods Cross each lost their one region matchup
Farmington defeated Box Elder 71-40 Jan. 22, coming out strong to go up eight after the first quarter and 20 with two quarters to go. A 31-point second half sealed the deal in the 31-point win.
Valerie Kunzler had 19 points and Delaney Baker added 18 – to go with 10 rebounds – for the Phoenix. Eight other players scored including Amber Beddes (11 points), Haley McFarland (six), Abigail Ferrell (six), Courtney Christiansen (four), Talin Stimpson (two), Marissa Marchant (two), Carly Warenski (one) and Madison Hauck (one).
Farmington’s 3-0 start in region play adds to their overall 10-1 mark.
Davis defeated Clearfield 60-35 Jan. 19. The Darts went up big early, leading 33-16 by halftime. A 27-point half completed the rout.
“Clearfield is a scrappy aggressive team so we had to play smart fundamental basketball,” head coach Anne Jones said. “We were able to get some momentum going into halftime with a 19-point second quarter and then came out and continued with some tough defense which always helps us on offense.”
Kylee Mabry scored 22 points to lead Davis while Kendra Kitchen (12 points) and Taylor Leavitt (11) also had double figures. “They all played especially well for us,” Jones said.
Callie Tolman (seven points), Phoebe Arnold (six) and Morgan Burnett (two) rounded out the scoring.
Against Layton Jan. 22, the Darts won 58-45. Davis found themselves down early and then 21-18 at half. A 40-point second half – to the Lancers’ 24 points – proved to be the difference in the game.
“We didn’t play very well in the first quarter and came out a little flat,” Jones said. “But we had some stops on defense and some great contributions off the bench, especially Morgan. It was a fun atmosphere with a lot of intensity and we were able to play some really fun team basketball.”
Mabry bested her 22-point effort with a monster 30-point game this time around.
“Kylee was on fire and played an extremely great game on both ends of the floor,” Jones said. “Kendra was in foul trouble the first half, but had a great second half where she was able to control the boards and get a lot of rebounds for us.”
Tolman (nine points), Kitchen (seven), Arnold (five), Leavitt (four) and Burnett (three) also contributed offensively.
The Darts improved to 4-2 in Region 1 and 8-4 overall.
Bountiful defeated Viewmont 61-52 Jan 22. The Braves went up six after the first quarter and then 11 by the break. The teams played evenly in the second half as Bountiful hung on for the nine-point win.
“It was what you’d expect out of a game between two Bountiful teams,” head coach Joel Burton said. “It was hard fought with momentum swings throughout. Claire Cook did a great job for us off of the bench rebounding and with defense.”
Emrie Satuala and Jordyn Harvey led the way with 16 points each while Lizzy McConkie also recorded double figures with 10 points. Cook (six), Evi Chism (five), Esther Broom (four), Riley Jonson (two) and Hailey Fouts (two) also scored.
The Braves are now 2-1 in Region 5’s standings with a 10-4 season record.
Viewmont came out strong in the second half against Bountiful to cut the Braves’ lead to eight after three quarters. A 20-point fourth quarter effort wasn’t enough in the loss.
“We played with great intensity and effort, but their length made a difference,” head coach Roger Farnsworth said.
Grace Mackay had 16 points for the Vikings with Emma Lindsey (10 points), Lauren Weir (nine), Kalee Smith (six) and Kaisley Larsen (three) also on the board.
With Viewmont’s first region loss, the Vikings are now 2-1 in league play with a 10-5 mark overall.
Woods Cross is still looking for its first region win of the season after a 39-34 loss to Bonneville Jan. 22. The Wildcats struggled to score in double digits through the first three quarters – finding themselves down 37-19 heading into the final quarter. In the fourth, Woods Cross outscored the Lakers 15 to 2, coming up just short in the end.
“We competed really hard,” head coach David Simon said. “We got down, but fought back to give ourselves a chance in the fourth quarter.”
Annie Michaelis led the Wildcats with 12 points with Emily Muhlestein (nine points), Sofia Mokofisi (six), Kenna Cowley (five) and Macy Richards (two) scoring as well.
Woods Cross is 0-3 in Region Five and 5-6 for the year.