Top-ranked Bountiful starts Region 5 play in dominating fashionJan 20, 2023 11:17AM ● By Catherine Garrett
Woods Cross’ Katie King (3) goes for the ball, but ends up with the throat of a Viking, Kristina Gunnell (23). Viewmont ended up victorious due to a poor second-half Wildcat showing.
Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
Bountiful defeated Box Elder 65-36 Jan. 12. The Redhawks extended a 15-point halftime margin to a blowout with 32 more points in the second half.
Taylor Harvey put in three 3-pointers as part of her 17 points, including three 3-pointers and also had six rebounds to lead Bountiful. Milika Satuala, Lizzy McConkie and Claire Cook all scored 12 points each to also produce offensively. Jordyn Harvey’s eight rebounds led Bountiful on the glass while the senior also added nine points.
The Redhawks start Region 5 1-0 and improved to 10-1 overall.
Davis defeated Weber 60-29 Jan. 10. The Darts had a monster first half – outscoring the Warriors 38 to 18 before pouring on 18 more points to lead 54 to 23 entering the final quarter.
Aryanna Bull put in 15 points to lead Davis with Kendra Kitchen adding 14.
Against Syracuse Jan. 13, Davis won 42-33. After losing by two at half, the Darts scored 20 points to enter the third quarter leading by eight points to take control of the game.
Kitchen’s 18 points led Davis while Kate Richards added 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
The Darts improved to 4-0 in Region 1 play and 11-1 overall.
Farmington picked up its first region win of the season with a 55-38 showing over Layton Jan. 13. The Phoenix squad opened up a 17-11 game with 36 second-half points – to the Lancers’ 17 – in the win.
Courtney Christiansen scored 16 points for Farmington with Marissa Marchant leading on the glass with 10 rebounds to go with her nine points.
The Phoenix are now 1-2 in Region 1 and 7-5 on the season.
VIewmont beat fourth-ranked Woods Cross 56-54 in overtime Jan. 12. The Vikings came back from a 30-16 halftime deficit to take the game to overtime where they outscored the Wildcats 9-7.
“It was another game that was a tale of two halves,” said head coach Cameron Gardner. “We got off to a quick start in the first and scored eight points pretty quick and then Woods Cross went on a run. To start the second half, Kristina Gunnell and Emma Mulitalo both knocked down a three-pointer to cut the lead. By the end of the third we had cut the deficit to two points. In the fourth quarter Mara Mickelson had eight of our 13 points to go to overtime.”
Mulitalo led Viewmont with 16 points, including three 3-pointers while also pulling down seven rebounds. Mickelson and Gunnell combined for 24 points and Lissia Silva was tops in rebounding with eight.
The Vikings evened their season record to 7-7 and have begun Region 5 play 1-0.
In Woods Cross’ two-point overtime loss to Viewmont Jan. 12, Kenna Cowley led the Wildcats with 21 points, four rebounds and five steals while Mari Nichols and Georgia Hatton added 10 each.
“We played a really good first half and reminded the girls that the game was not over and we had to play with the same urgency in the second half as we did in the first,” said head coach David Simon. “We did not do that and we watched a good lead disappear very quickly in the third quarter. From there, it was just a battle of effort and execution and eventually we came out on the short end of that. Credit Viewmont for continuing to play hard and make good things happen.”
Woods Cross fell to 0-1 in Region 5 and 9-3 on the season.