By Catherine Garrett
Davis and Woods Cross picked up wins in the final week of 2017, while Bountiful lost its ninth game of the season.
Davis defeated Bountiful 50-40 on Dec. 29, turning a 22-21 halftime lead into a 10-point edge going into the final quarter where both teams scored 11 points for the final margin.
“We played some tough defense, especially in the second half,” head coach Anne Jones said. “Jaimee Stahle is such a great player who can really do it all, but we were able to hold her to four points in the third quarter and kept her scoreless in the fourth.”
Davis’ three leading scorers – Lindsey Reich (17 points), Valerie Kunzler (11) and Sydni Oviatt (9) – knocked down seven 3-pointers to lead the Darts offensively.
“Sydni and Valerie really hit some big shots down the stretch for us,” Jones said. “Lindsey played a great floor game and helped us take care of the ball and make some good decisions throughout the game. Down the stretch we were able to get some stops on defense and then hit foul shots to hang on for the win.”
Davis is now 6-4 on the year.
In that Davis game, Bountiful and Davis were within one point of each other for three of the four quarters. But a decisive third quarter where the Darts outscored the Braves by nine points was the difference in Bountiful’s 10-point loss.
Jaimee Stahle led all scorers with 19 points while Waverly Bowman added nine.
Bountiful’s record is 1-9 on the season.
Woods Cross defeated Summit Academy 48-38 on Dec. 28. The Wildcats were up 12-9 after 1 and were up by six points at halftime. An 11-6 third quarter helped Woods Cross with an 11-point edge going into the fourth and they played even with the Bears through the final quarter.
“It was kind of a slow game,” head coach David Simon said. “We didn’t shoot the ball real well. We need to be better at that and we are working hard at it.”
Olivia Barton led the Wildcats with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Allee McKenna added 12 points. Paige McKenna pulled down nine rebounds – along with four points, five assists and three steals – while Sara Noel scored nine points and had eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Woods Cross is 7-4 so far this season.
“I am still very excited about our team and the improvements that we continue to make,” Simon said.