LAYTON – A week in between basketball games didn’t hurt the Viewmont Lady Vikings when they faced Layton on the road Tuesday night.
After trailing by a slim three points entering the final quarter, Kauri Tye came off the bench and exploded for seven of the Vikings’ 17 fourth quarter points and Viewmont took down the Lancers 43-39.
“Kauri and Caitlyn (Larsen) both had some really big steals in that quarter,” said Viewmont coach Clint Straatman. “They had four or five huge steals that got us the lead and pretty much said ‘we’re gonna win this game and do whatever it takes to win,’ and they did that tonight.”
Down 29-26 to start the final quarter, Larsen got the team started with a 3-point play that tied the game with 6:30 minutes left in the game. Then on back-to-back plays, Tye scored a basket, stole a possession away from Layton and sprinted down the court for another quick basket, putting the Vikings up by four points.
Both Tye and Larsen picked up back-to-back steals on Layton’s next two possessions, each turning into free-throw opportunities and forcing the Lancers into foul trouble.
The duo combined to score 13 of Viewmont’s fourth-quarter points in order to put the game away.
“Our defensive pressure really won the game for us as well,” said Straatman. “We had to settle down and find each other when we were behind, just play our game really. But they got it done for us defensively tonight.”
Viewmont started the game in the lead, holding the Lancers to seven points while scoring 10 for a slim first quarter lead. After allowing Layton to go on a 10-1 run to start the second quarter, Larsen, Taya Adams and Katie Toole combined to go on an 8-0 run and ended the first half only trailing by one point.
Viewmont quickly fell behind by six after allowing a 3-pointer and another basket within the first minutes of the third quarter, prompting Straatman to call a time out.
“I told them they had to keep their composure and understand that we’re a good team,” he said. “They’re going to make plays and make a few shots, so we had to keep our composure, give the basket a good look, and good things are going to happen.”
Viewmont responded from the message by scoring seven of the next nine points, trailing only by three points entering the final quarter of play.
Tye, Larsen and Toole finished the fourth quarter with the majority of Viewmont’s points in order to pick up the win.
“Wins and losses are not what we’re after right now,” said Straatman. “They’re playing well and playing together as a team, and that’s really what we’re looking for right now. So far, they’ve done a good job of that.”
Larsen finished the game with 13 points, five rebounds and five steals. Tye finished with 10 points off the bench and had three rebounds and three steals in the win.
Adams scored eight points, and Toole finished with six points and six rebounds.
“We started to get used to what they were doing and took advantage of the chances we had,” said Straatman. “It worked out well for us in the end. We played within ourselves and finished with a strong game.
After opening the season with a pair of road games, the Vikings will be at home for the next four contests, starting with Woods Cross on Thursday night.
“We hope that people will get a chance to come and watch us,” said Straatman. “That’s what we like to see. We’re going to be home and we want to play well at home and that’s exactly what we’ll do.”
Tip off is at 7 p.m.