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Bountiful girls BB reaches 5A state semis ; Davis still playing

Feb 29, 2024 10:32AM ● By Catherine Garrett


Second-seeded Davis earned a bye in the first round of the 6A state tournament and then defeated No. 15 American Fork 57-44 Feb. 22. Against the Cavemen, the Darts went up 32-15 by halftime and added 25 more second-half points to win by double digits.

Kendra Kitchen led Davis with 20 points while Kate Willard had 11.

Against No. 7 Corner Canyon in the quarterfinals Feb. 26, the Darts lost 59-56 in overtime. Davis got up by 11 early before a Corner Canyon run trimmed the lead to just a two-point advantage at the break. Davis put up 18 points in the third quarter – to the Chargers’ 16 – to take a four-point lead into the final quarter, but Corner Canyon evened things up to extend the game. The Darts were outscored 9 to 6 in overtime to end their season.

Kitchen’s 17 points and 11 rebounds led Davis while T’maea Eteuati added 15 points and 13 rebounds and Kate Richards had 13 in the loss.

That trio also led the 21-2 Davis squad in scoring this season – Kitchen with 17 points and nine rebounds, Eteuati with 13 points and six rebounds and Richards with 10 points.


18th-seeded Farmington lost to No. 15 American Fork 45-32 in the first round of the 6A state tournament Feb. 20. The teams were within two points after the first quarter before the Cavemen scored 19 points in the second quarter – to the Phoenix squad’s four. Despite outscoring American Fork by four points in the second half, it wasn’t enough for Farmington with the loss that ends their 2-19 season.

“I thought our seniors played hard during their final game of their high school career,” said assistant coach Hilary Noel. “We played a good game for three of the four quarters. Unfortunately, American Fork capitalized on our poor second quarter performance.”

Brynn Ryan had 10 points to lead Farmington in the loss.

“Obviously, the season did not go as we had hoped,” Noel said. “It was riddled with injury and illness. We struggled to keep the same group of girls on the court from game to game. Our inconsistency was our downfall.”

Ryan, a senior guard, was the team’s leading scorer this year with more than eight points a game while junior forward Hailey Larsen grabbed four rebounds a game.

“We will be working hard in the offseason to build strength and skill,” Noel said. “We want to keep our girls healthy and on the court next season.”


Top-seeded Bountiful defeated Viewmont in the second round of the 5A state playoffs 67-54 Feb. 22, following a first-round bye. The Redhawks got off to a strong start and were up 11 after one quarter and then maintained a nine-point advantage at the break. Bountiful kept the offense rolling with 37 more points through the second half in the win.

Taylor Harvey scored 24 points to lead the team with Isabeau Hoff also in double figures with 13 points.

Against No. 8 Brighton in the quarterfinals Feb. 24, Bountiful won 62-30, going up 19-2 after the first quarter before extended their lead to 26 by halftime. The Redhawks scored 23 more points in the second half to cruise to the win.

“The girls played really well,” said head coach Joel Burton.

Harvey and Milika Satuala combined for 33 points to pace Bountiful while Adelaide Stevenson added 14.

Bountiful faced No. 4 Box Elder in the 5A state semifinals Feb. 27 and won 61-53. The Redhawks got off to an 11-point lead early, but went down into halftime down by two points. A 25-point third-quarter surge – while holding the Bees to six points – helped Bountiful control the game the rest of the way.

Harvey had a monster game with 30 points while Satuala added 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Redhawks played for the 5A state championship against second-ranked Wasatch March 1 (after press deadline).


No. 17 Viewmont defeated 16th-seeded Cedar Valley 47-35 Feb. 20 in the first round of the 5A state playoffs. The Vikings had nearly identical offensive outputs in the first and second half with 23 and 24 points, respectively, while holding the Aviators to single-digit scoring in three of the game’s four quarters in the win.

Kristina Gunnell scored 19 points to lead Viewmont while also recording eight steals. Mary Carr’s 10 rebounds was tops on the boards.

In the second round, the Vikings faced Bountiful for the third time this year. In the previous two meetings, Viewmont lost by 27 and 21 points, respectively. This time, they lost by 13 points despite a second-half offense that put up 33 points.

Mickelson led the Vikings with 21 points and Peterson added 12 in the loss that ended their 13-12 season.

“I am super proud of our team. We executed our game plan well and we gave ourselves plenty of opportunities,” said head coach Cameron Gardner, noting that his team’s defense made it tough on their two leading scorers. “They had some other players who stepped up and hit some big-time shots and had career nights. We won two of the four quarters and we battled the whole game. I loved our girls’ mindset going into the game – we all believed that we would win. But, credit to Bountiful. They did what it took to get the win and move on. They have a great chance to be state champs again.”

Gunnell was the team’s leading scorer this season with 14 points a game while Carr and Mulitalo added 10 each. Mulitalo led on the boards with 5 rebounds a game.

“We graduate four seniors in Kristina Gunnell, Natalia Titensor, Cayla Stout and Karissa Goff,” Gardner said. “Our program is in debt to these girls for everything they have done for us and for their leadership. We love them and wish them success in all their future endeavors.”

Woods Cross

19th-seeded Woods Cross beat No. 14 Taylorsville 44-40 Feb. 20 in the first round of the 5A state tournament. The Wildcats got out to strong start and had a three-point advantage at halftime. The game remained tight throughout with Woods Cross holding on for a four-point win.

“We did just enough to win,” said head coach David Simon. “It was a super physical game and the girls fought really hard. I was proud of them for that. We could have backed down, but we didn’t. We had to fight to the final buzzer.”

Ili Crockett scored 13 points to lead the team with Grace MacArthur adding 10 – including two crucial free throws with 13 seconds left to give the Wildcats a four-point lead. 

Against third-seeded Timpview in the second round Feb. 22, Woods Cross lost 39-35. The Wildcats got up early, but managed just six second quarter points to go into halftime down by four and that ultimately made the difference in the loss.

Nichols had 14 points for Woods Cross who finished the season with an 11-14 record.

King and Nichols averaged 10 points a game to lead the team in scoring this season while King and MacArthur had four rebounds a game.