Davis starts 2-0 in Region 1; Woods Cross wins 4th straightJan 13, 2022 12:16PM ● By Catherine Garrett
Farmington's Madison Hauck (22) tries to get above the vertical defense of Davis’ Makayla Patterson (42) and Kendra Kitchen (30). The Darts were sharp in the fourth quarter in their 39-34 win.
Davis started 2-0 in Region 1 play with wins over Layton and Farmington last week. Woods Cross also won their games while Bountiful went 1-0, with Farmington and Viewmont losing their matchups.
Davis defeated Layton 56-41 Jan. 4 to begin 2022. The Darts came out strong with a 28-point first half to lead by 13 at the break and duplicated the offensive output in the second half in the big win to open Region 1 play.
“It was good to get our first region game under our belts and come away with a win against a gritty Layton team,” said head coach Anne Jones. Kendra Kitchen put in 19 points to lead Davis with Kylee Mabry adding 13.
“With region play, there is always a different vibe with everyone fighting for a region championship and also playing against rival teams,” Jones said. “Region 1 will be a battle and we will have to bring our very best each night.”
Against Farmington Jan. 7, the Darts won 39-34. Davis found themselves down early but ended the game with a 27-point second half to pull out the five-point win. Mabry and Sierra Passey scored 13 points each to lead the Darts in scoring.
Davis is now 10-1 overall this season and undefeated through the first two Region 1 games.
Farmington lost to the top-ranked team in the state, Fremont, 74-29 Jan. 4.
The Phoenix were down 18-7 after the first quarter but managed just two points in the second frame – while giving up 22 – to go down big at the break. Farmington scored 20 points in the second half but gave up 34 over the final two quarters.
“It was a tough game,” head coach Van Price said. Delaney Baker scored 16 points to lead the Phoenix squad.
Against Davis Jan. 7, Farmington lost by five points. The Phoenix led after each quarter heading into the final eight minutes before giving up 12 points to Davis – while scoring just six – in the close loss.
“We played pretty well overall, leading them for most of the game,” Price said. “Mabry took over for them down the stretch giving them the lead with about three minutes to go. Free throws helped secure the win for Davis.”
Baker and Maddie Hauck each scored eight points for Farmington, which is now 5-6 this season and 0-2 in Region 1.
The fifth-ranked Bountiful squad defeated Ogden 57-31 Jan. 4. The Redhawks started out strong, going up 20-7 after the first quarter and 32-12 by the break. At the end of the third quarter, Bountiful was up 46-18 and cruised to the win.
“We played well,” said head coach Joel Burton.
Claire Cook scored 18 points to lead the Redhawks with Taylor Harvey adding 17.
Bountiful’s game with RSL Academy, that was scheduled for Jan. 7, was cancelled due to the lack of players for the Griffins’ squad. The Redhawks are 7-4 so far this season.
Viewmont lost to Murray 41-33 Jan. 4. The Vikings overcame scoring just four points in the first quarter to put in 20 in the second and grab a 24-18 halftime advantage. But, they again struggled to find the net in the third quarter – producing zero points while the Spartans put in 15 – and that ultimately made the difference in the loss.
“We played poorly again,” said head coach Roger Farnsworth. “We need a week of practice, so it’s good we don’t play until the 14th.”
Viewmont fell to 3-10 on the season.
Woods Cross dominated Logan 58-17 Jan. 4. The Wildcats came out of the gate strong with a 13-2 edge after the first quarter and a 30-11 lead at the break. Woods Cross continued to pour on the offense in the second half while giving up just six points defensively in the big win.
“Things went well for us. I felt like we played a very good team game,” said head coach David Simon. “We had 16 assists on 20 made baskets. We moved the ball well and played together.
Georgia Hatton’s 21 points led the Wildcats with seven others scoring – Arta Bytyqi (nine points), Kenna Cowley (seven), Eliza Hoggan (six), Julianna Stanger (five), Katie King (four), Brielle Gefrom (four) and Sofia Mokofisi (two).
“The girls are really starting to fill their roles and know what it is we expect out of them and I feel like they are really stepping up to those challenges,” Simon said. “We still need improvements, but I feel like we are making the right steps.”
Against Ogden Jan. 6, Woods Cross won 43-30. The Wildcats went up 12-2 to begin the game and were up 14 at halftime. A 19-point second half effort closed out the win.
“We played a pretty good game. We had moments of struggle and execution, but we were able to work through it,” Simon said. “Again, we played a pretty good team game with an increase in assists and helping each other out.
Hatton had 16 points and five rebounds with Cowley adding 10 points, three assists and four steals to lead the squad.
Woods Cross’ two wins this week improved its season record to 8-3.
“We are looking forward to starting region play in what I think is going to be a very tough region from top to bottom.”