Davis, Bountiful girls basketball advance in state tournamentMar 06, 2023 10:28AM ● By Catherine Garrett
Lots of Tough “D”: Davis’ Aryanna Bull (14) wrestles for the ball against the tough “D” of Herriman’s Shelby Ulibarri (30). The Darts overcame 22 turn-overs to win 48 - 44 in their Quarter-Final Round of the State 6A Girl’s Basketball Tournament at Weber.
After a first round bye in the 6A state tournament, third-seeded Davis faced Farmington for the third time this season Feb. 23. The previous two matchups were double-digit wins by the Darts and this time around Davis won a closer contest 40-35.
The game was tight from the get-go with the Darts holding a one-point lead at halftime before going up six heading into the final quarter.
Kendra Kitchen and Aryanna Bull both scored 11 points to lead Davis while Kate Richards added 10.
In the quarterfinals Feb. 28, Davis defeated Herriman 48-44. The Darts and Mustangs battled to a 24-all tie by the break before Davis outscored Herriman by five in the decisive third quarter to put just a little separation in the game.
Etuati T’maea put in 13 points with Kate Richards (12 points) and Aryanna Bull (10) also scoring in double figures.
The Darts face the winner of Skyridge/Syracuse in the semifinals March 2.
Second-seeded Bountiful faced Wasatch Feb. 23 in the second round of the 5A state tournament after a first-round bye. The Redhawks beat the Wasps 67-46, coming back from a six-point deficit to lead by three at the break, and then break open the game with a 34-point second-half effort – while holding Wasatch to 16 points.
Four players scored in double figures to lead Bountiful, led by Jordyn Harvey with 17, Claire Cook with 15, Mae Johnson 13 and Milika Satuala 10.
The Redhawks move on to play seventh-seeded Highland March 1 in the quarterfinals.
Farmington entered the 6A state tournament seeded 14th and defeated No. 19 West Jordan 61-28. The Phoenix squad came out strong, leading 31-14 at the end of the first half before scoring 30 more points in the rout. The victory marked Coach Van Price’s 550th career win.
Victoria Clinger led Farmington with 15 points while Whitney Avei and Courtney Christiansen both scored 10 points.
In the second round against Davis, the Phoenix ended the first quarter with an 8-5 advantage before playing from behind slightly the rest of the way in the five-point loss.
“These girls played so hard,” said Price. “I don’t think I’ve had a harder working team that I did this year. Although we didn’t take region play by storm, I think we pushed all the favorites to the limit. We took Syracuse to a one-point loss and to an overtime loss. We led Davis in all three games and gave way a little down the stretch in those games. I think we won every game we were expected to win this year plus more – pretty good for a group of girls whose main high school sport isn’t basketball.”
Marissa Marchant scored 11 points and had five rebounds for Farmington with Kate Geddes and Avei combining for 11 rebounds to help on the boards.
The Phoenix team finished the season with a 12-11 record.
“This was a fun group to end my career with. I loved their fun personalities,” said Price. “I set a goal at the first of the season to end my career with at least 550 career wins. These girls set the goal to give that to me and that’s exactly what we achieved – 550 career wins.”
No. 12 Viewmont was upset by 21st-seeded Spanish Fork 61-44 in the first round of the 5A state tournament Feb. 21. The Vikings came out firing with a 22-point effort in the first quarter but managed just 22 points the rest of the way as the Dons fought back and blew the game open.
Mary Carr led Viewmont with 14 points, including two 3-pointers.
The Vikings ended their season with a 12-12 mark.
Woods Cross, seeded ninth, defeated No. 24 Murray 42-26 in the first round of the 5A state tournament Feb. 21. The Wildcats opened up a three-point game in the fourth quarter with a 16-5 run to end the game.
Georgia Hatton’s 22 points led six other scorers for Woods Cross.
In the second round against Timpanogos Feb. 23, the Wildcats lost 55-45. Woods Cross started strong, going up 12-8 after the first quarter and maintained a three-point edge at halftime. But, a 21-point showing by the Timberwolves in the third quarter flipped the script in the loss.
Hatton scored 13 points to lead the team.
The Wildcats finished the season with a 16-7 record.