Farmington keeps rolling in Region 5Feb 08, 2021 10:07AM ● By Catherine Garrett
Farmington continued its tear through Region 5 girls basketball with two more wins for the third-ranked team in 5A. Davis and Bountiful also won both of their region matchups week while Viewmont split its games and Woods Cross keeps looking for its first region win this season.
Farmington defeated Viewmont 51-34 Jan. 26, holding the Vikings to single-digit scoring through the first three quarters in the big win.
“It was a defensive battle as they held our leading scorer [Delaney Baker] to just four points and we held theirs to just five points,” head coach Van Price said. “In the third quarter, Valerie Kunzler got the hot hand, scoring 11 of her game high 20 points that helped push the lead to 20 points. That led to the difference in the game.”
Abigail Ferrell recorded a double double with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Brooklyn Marchant added nine points with Talin Stimpson (seven), Carly Warenski (two) and Whitney Avei (one) also scoring.
Against Bonneville Jan. 29, the Phoenix won 76-38, breaking open a 15-12 lead to a 35-20 margin by halftime. Farmington came out strong in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
“In the third quarter, we outscored them 24 to 7 and that was the difference,” Price said.
Baker led 11 Phoenix players in scoring with 16 points, while Kunzler added 14, Ferrell 10, Haley McFarland nine, Warenski six, Amber Beddes five, Marchant four, Whitney Avei four, Marissa Marchant three, Courtney Christiansen three and Stimpson two. Ferrell’s eight rebounds led on the boards while Baker, McFarland, Warenski and Beddes had seven each as well.
Farmington is 5-0 atop Region 5 and 12-1 overall.
Davis won its fourth straight region game with a 51-31 victory over Northridge Jan. 26. The Darts came out strong with a 25-point first half to take a 10-point lead by halftime. They scored 26 points to close out the game in the 20-point win.
Kylee Mabry scored 23 points to lead Davis while Morgan Burnett (nine points), Phoebe Arnold (seven), Sierra Passey (five), Siri Fauske (three), Callie Tolman (two) and Makayla Patterson (two) also contributed offensively.
Against Weber Jan. 26, the Darts came back from an early 12-4 deficit to lead by four at halftime. Davis outscored the Warriors by 10 in the second half to win 44-32.
“Weber played really well and came out the first quarter hitting their shots and we just didn’t,” head coach Anne Jones said. “We didn’t defend well and weren’t patient on offense. Once we did those two things we played our style of basketball and settled down a bit to go on a couple of big runs and pull out the win.”
Mabry again led in scoring, this time with 17 while Tolman also added a double-figure game with 13 points. Passey and Arnold both put in seven points to round out the scoring for the Darts.
Davis improved to 7-2 in Region 1 with a 10-4 overall record.
Bountiful defeated Woods Cross 55-40 Jan. 26. The teams were within four points after the first quarter before the Braves extended the lead to nine by the break. Bountiful’s 26-point second half effort – to the Wildcats’ 19 points – widened the winning margin.
“This game is what I have come to expect out of a rivalry,” head coach Joel Burton said. “It seems like they are always close and hard-fought.”
Jordyn Harvey and Emrie Satuala both scored 17 points to lead the Braves while Lizzy McConkie had eight points along with six assists. Others scoring for Bountiful were Riley Johnson (five points), Evi Chism (three), Hailey Fouts (two), Esther Broom (two) and Claire Cook (one).
Against Box Elder Jan. 29, Bountiful won 65-34. The Braves shut out the Bees in the first quarter while scoring 16 points and took a 36-13 advantage into the break. A 19-point second half helped the Braves win big.
“The girls played a good defensive game,” Burton said.
Satuala had 16 points with McConkie and Harvey each adding 13. Also scoring for Bountiful were Fouts (seven points), Cook (five), Johnson (four), Broom (four), Chism (two) and Emily Kessler (one).
The Braves are now 4-1 in the Region 5 standings with an 11-5 season record.
Viewmont lost to Farmington 51-34 Jan. 26, trying to hang with the Phoenix squad and was down just six points at halftime. But, a 23-point third quarter for Farmington – to the Vikings’ nine points – let the game slip away.
Lauren Weir led Viewmont with 11 points while Emma Mulitalo (eight points), Bella Uffens (six), Grace Mackay (five) and Emma Lindsey (four) also scored for the Vikings.
Against Woods Cross Jan. 29, Viewmont won 47-42. The Vikings turned a 1-point deficit into a 12-point lead by half and then held off the Wildcats’ 27-point second half in the close win.
“We played great defense again, but need to get smarter defensively,” head coach Roger Farnsworth said.
Weir’s 16 points led the way while Mackay added 14, Lindsey eight, Kalee Smith six and Mulitalo three.
Viewmont is now 3-2 in the region and 10-7 overall.
Woods Cross kept things close early in a 15-point loss to Bountiful Jan. 26, but the Braves methodically pulled away.
“Bountiful is a really good team,” head coach David Simon said. “We played well, but just couldn’t get stops defensively when we needed to.”
Kenna Cowley had 13 points with Annie Michaelis also scoring in double figures with 12. Emily Muhlestein (nine points) and Macy Richards (six) also put points up for the Wildcats.
Against Viewmont Jan. 29, Woods Cross started strong with 11 points in the first quarter to be up against the Vikings, but scored just four points before half. The Wildcats had a big second half but came up just short in losing by five.
“We played well for three out of the four quarters, but one quarter really cost us a chance to win in the end,” Simon said. “We had too many turnovers with limited opportunities to score. That is kind of how our season has gone. We just have a lapse of scoring and taking care of the ball in stretches of games and makes it difficult to come back from.”
Muhlestein’s 19 points led the way for Viewmont with Sofia Mokofisi seven, Michaelis six, Cowley four, Richards three and Kelly King three. Woods Cross is still winless in Region 5 through five games and 4-9 for the season.
“The girls continue to play really hard and keep fighting the entire game, and I am very proud of them for that,” Simon said.