Farmington girls secures share of region basketball titleFeb 18, 2021 12:31PM ● By Catherine Garrett
Farmington wrapped up at least a share of the Region 5 title with two more wins last week. Davis picked up two key Region 1 victories to bring them into a tie with Syracuse for the second spot in the standings. Viewmont also got a win while Bountiful and Farmington both lost heading into the last week of region play.
Davis defeated Syracuse 51-41 Feb. 9. The Darts were down early before taking a 28-27 halftime lead. Davis scored 23 points in the second half to win by 10.
“It was a fun game that was high energy between two very good teams,” head coach Anne Jones said. “We were fortunate enough to get the ‘W’ with some lockdown defense and were able to hit some big shots versus their extended 2-3 zone.”
Kylee Mabry scored 16 points to lead the Darts in avenging an 18-point loss earlier in the season. Callie Tolman (nine points), Taylor Leavitt (nine), Kendra Kitchen (seven), Phoebe Arnold (seven) and Sierra Passey (three) also contributed offensively.
Against Layton Feb. 12, Davis won 48-32, coming out strong in the first quarter to take a 16-5 advantage. The Darts remained in control the rest of the way – outscoring the Lancers 32 to 27 the rest of the way.
“We played a steady complete game with multiple players contributing on both ends of the court,” Jones said. “Layton is always a great team so we knew we had to take care of the ball, shut down their shooters, box out and be disciplined on offense.”
Kitchen’s 13 points topped Davis while Tolman (12 points), Mabry (11), Leavitt (four), Arnold (four), Passey (two) and Morgan Burnett (two) scored.
“With just two more games left in region, we need to be focused and continue to get better every day,” Jones said.
Davis is now 9-3 in Region 1 and 14-4 overall.
Farmington defeated Box Elder 61-47 Feb. 12, scoring 14 points in each of the game’s first three quarters before putting in 19 to close out the game.
“It was a hard-fought game in which Box Elder shot well, hitting a lot of three-pointers,” head coach Van Price said. “We secured at least a share of the region championship. One more win and we have it outright.”
Delaney Baker had an 18-point, five-rebound game to lead the Phoenix.
“Delaney shot 67 percent from the field, even hitting a three-pointer,” Price said. “She had a good night.”
Valerie Kunzler added nine points, Haley McFarland eight, Brooklyn Marchant seven, Abigail Ferrell six, Amber Beddes five, Carly Warenski four and Courtney Christiansen four. McFarland led on the boards with seven rebounds.
Farmington is now 8-0 in Region 5 play and 15-1 overall.
Bountiful lost 57-49 in overtime to Viewmont 57-49 Feb. 12. During regulation, the teams were evenly matched with the Vikings up two at the break and the Braves equalizing things to force extra time. The Braves managed just four points in overtime in the loss.
“The girls made a great push to get to overtime,” head coach Joel Burton said. “In overtime, Viewmont made a couple shots and we didn’t.”
Lizzy McConkie scored 12 points to lead Bountiful while Emrie Satuala added 10, Jordyn Harvey nine, Evi Chism seven, Riley Johnson four, Esther Broom four, Hailey Fouts two and Claire Cook one.
The Braves fell to 5-3 in Region 5 with a 13-6 overall record.
Viewmont’s eight point win over Bountiful was a key win for the Vikings in a matchup for the second spot in Region 5.
“We had great defense on senior night,” head coach Roger Farnsworth said. “We played with great spirit.”
Kalee Smith had 17 points for Viewmont with Emma Mulitalo (14 points), Emma Lindsey (nine), Grace MacKay (eight), Lauren Weir (seven) and Kaisley Larsen (two) also scoring.
The Vikings improved to 6-2 in the region and 13-7 on the season.
Woods Cross narrowly lost to Bonneville 40-38 Feb. 12 to remain winless in Region 5. The Wildcats took an early 10-6 lead over the Lakers, but scored just two points in the second quarter to take a one-point deficit into the break. A 26-point second-half effort came up just short.
“We played another competitive game, but came up short,” head coach David Simon said. “We gave ourselves a chance to win at the end. We have a play here and there or a small series of plays throughout the game that are keeping us from getting a win.”
Sofia Mokofisi had 12 points to lead Woods Cross while Emily Muhlestein (10 points), Kenna Cowley (eight), Macy Richards (three), Annie Michaelis (three) and Kelly King (two) also scored.
The Wildcats sit in last place in the region standings through eight games and are 4-12 this season.