The final week of the regular season came to a close with key region wins and some losses for area teams. Three local teams advance to the state tournaments being held at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville this week.
Viewmont won its final game of the season Feb. 10 against Syracuse, 37-27, and finished the 2016-17 year with a 17-4 record.The Vikings led 17-15 at halftime, and increased that to 29-25 after three quarters. But the Vikes’ defense stifled Syracuse in the final quarter, outscoring them 8-2 for the win.
Grace Johnson had 15 points and Megan Carr added 14 for Viewmont, which had 10 days off before opening the 5A state tourney against Riverton on Monday.
Riverton took a 26-20 halftime lead, but the Vikes battled back to tie the game, and both teams exchanged baskets through regulation.Mercedes Staples tied the game at 46-all with a nifty one-hand jumper at the 1:05 mark of the fourth quarter. Neither team scored down the stretch.
In overtime, a free throw from Staples at the 2:04 mark gave Viewmont a 49-48 lead and the Vikes never trailed again. Staples scored four more points from the free throw line as Viewmont captured the 56-51 win. The Vikings moved on to face Region3 champ Bingham in a quarterfinal on Wednesday. If the Vikes won, they would play in a semifinal on Friday at 2:30 p.m. The 5A championship game is set for 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The Davis High girls basketball team finished out the season strong and secured themselves a spot in the 5A state playoffs with a win over Layton Feb. 10.
“That was a huge win for us that guaranteed us going to state,” head coach Anne Jones said. “It was an awesome win and a fun night, especially for our seniors on senior night.”
Last week, the Darts had another solid win – this time over Syracuse 54-52 Feb. 14 – to close out region play.
Davis was down by two points after the first quarter and then five points at the half. A huge third quarter – scoring 26 points – put the Darts up three going in to the final quarter. But, Davis found itself down by four points with 20 seconds to go, but “got some breaks,” according to Jones, and was able to hold on and win the game on a last second shot by Teuila Alofipo.
“We really battled,” Jones said. “Syracuse was really tough and shot the ball well.”
Alofipo led with 17 points while Lindsey Reich scored 14 and Sydni Oviatt added 12.
“Hopefully we will have some good momentum going in to state where we are matched up against American Fork, who is the number one team in 5A,” Jones said. “They have some really terrific athletic players who can really get up and down the floor as well as can shoot the ball. We will have to handle their pressure defense and take care of the ball.”
On Monday, the Cavemen won their 22nd consecutive game with a convincing 64-40 win over the Darts. AF took a quick 13-3 lead and was never headed in ending Davis’ season at 10-11. Alofipo scored 24 points and Reich added eight for Davis, which overcame a five-game losing streak early in the year to finish winning its last four region games.“I’m so proud of this team and all the hard work they have put in to this season,” Jones said. “We’ve had some adversities, but have used those as inspiration and motivation to be better on and off the court.”
Bountiful closed out the regular season with two wins – over Highland 36-33 Feb. 14 and Bonneville 58-41 Feb. 16.
Against the Rams, Bountiful led throughout the first half, going in to the break with a 16-13 edge. The Braves found themselves down six points at the start of the fourth, but scored 13 points – to Highland’s four – to come back and secure the win.
“The girls showed a lot of grit,” said head coach Joel Burton. “We took the lead with less than two minutes left and held on for a tough victory. I have been impressed all year long with the heart that this group of girls have. They just keep fighting.”
Jaimee Stahle scored 14 points to lead Bountiful offensively.
In the win over Bonneville, Bountiful came out strong and was up by nine after the first quarter and 15 by the half. The Braves continued to roll –scoring 28 points in the final two quarters for the region win.
Stahle had 23 points with Mary Larson adding 18.
The Braves finished 8-4 in region play and secured a 13-8 overall record. They played Alta in the first round of the 4A state tournament Feb. 21 in a game after our press deadline. If they won, they will take on the winner of the Skyline-Salem Hills match on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
Woods Cross suffered two region losses in the final week of the regular season and thus did not earn a state tournament berth. The Wildcats lost to East 43-42 Feb. 14 and Highland 45-39. Both East and Highland advanced to the tournament.
Against East, the Wildcats battled from three points down at half to take a three-point lead into the fourth quarter. East’s Makeila Lutali scored with two seconds left in the game to lead East to the win.
Woods Cross was led by the Noel sisters, with Sara scoring 17 points and Rachel adding 10.
The Wildcats played pretty evenly with Highland and were tied at 17-all at halftime. They went in to the final quarter up two points, but Woods Cross was outscored by eight points to end the game. Highland secured second place in Region 5 with the win.
Sara Noel had 16 points to lead the team.
Woods Cross ended its season with an 11-10 record.
Other county teams
Layton, Northridge, and Clearfield all lost first-round games at the 5A tourney on Monday. The defending state champs from Layton lost a 33-31 heartbreaker to Pleasant Grove. Northridge lost to Bingham 69-48, and Clearfield was beaten by Copper Hills, 55-47.