BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
KAYSVILLE – The Davis Lady Darts girls’ basketball team had a very successful run through Region 1 last season.
Having a region title in tow, the several senior leaders on the team were able to guide Davis to a quarterfinal appearance in the 5A playoffs.
They lost to eventual state champion Riverton, then lost all of its seniors in the process.
“We lost seven really great seniors on that team,” said Lady Darts coach Anne Jones. “They were great leaders with a lot of talent, a lot of character.”
This season, the Lady Darts will need that leadership role again, only this time, it will have to come from everyone on the team.
“We’re going to be young, but we can’t play like we’re young,” she said. “We can’t be a young team. We have a very talented group of girls and a great program here, and some of the lessons they’ll have to learn will only come from game experience.”
Davis’ lone senior that will be seen on the floor often is Sarah Beecher. Beecher averaged 4.6 points per game last season, and her ability to lead the team is something Jones hopes to lean on as the season moves along.
“It will be a new role for her for sure,” said Jones. “But the younger players are already looking to her for advice, knowing that they will have to step up when their name is called.”
A trio of juniors, Kayley Neilson, McKenzie Day and Meaghan Davis, could also see some playing time for the Darts this season.
Neilson averaged 3.7 points as a sophomore, and Day and Davis saw some playing time.
Neilson, said Jones, played some games at the point guard position and is already starting to take on a leadership role. Day and David will both see a significant amount of playing time as well.
Jones admitted that having the Region 1 title to defend is nice, but admitted that “there’s no lying” about the talent level of the teams in the region once the whistle blows.
“Region 1 is tough to battle through,” she said. “Layton has been very good for a few years, and so has Fremont and Syracuse. You can’t lie once you’re out there.”
Despite the rough season ahead of them, however, Jones and the team is excited to hit the floor when the season opens.
“I think we can still compete with the other teams in the region this year,” she said. “There are some big shoes to fill in certain areas, but we’re excited to get out there and get the season started.”
Davis finished 16-8 overall, and was 8-2 in Region 1 play.
11-26 @ Brighton
12-3 @ Bingham
12-5 @ Clearfield
12-10 @ Woods Cross
12-12 @ Bonneville
1-3 @ Syracuse
1-14 @ Fremont
1-17 @ Northridge
1-31 @ Layton
2-4 @ Weber
2-14 @ Viewmont
2-24 to 3-1 State 5A Tournament (Salt Lake Community College)