Girls hoops: Woods Cross, Davis pull out big region wins
By Catherine Garrett
Woods Cross snapped Viewmont’s 15-game winning streak with a 54-47 win Feb. 7, avenging a seven-point loss to the Vikings Jan. 24. Davis also picked up a 44-31 region win over Northridge Feb. 6. Bountiful ended its season with losses to Roy and Box Elder, while Viewmont went 0-2 this week in region play.
Davis defeated Northridge 44-31 for a region win Feb. 6. The Darts started the game strong and outscored Northridge by three points in each of the game’s first two quarters to be up 21-15 at half. A 23-point second half effort lengthened the Darts margin of victory.
“It was a great win for us and keeps us alive in the region standings to get to state,” head coach Anne Jones said. “Teamwork was the big key and everyone played well together – sharing the basketball, making the next pass and getting stops on defense. Northridge is a very athletic and explosive team. I was so proud of our effort.”
Teuila Alofipo led Davis in scoring with 15 points and Valerie Kunzler added 10.
Davis is now 5-6 in Region 1 with a 9-11 overall record.
Bountiful lost to Roy 56-40 Feb. 7. The Braves were down 8-5 after the first quarter and 27-20 at halftime. A 20-point second half effort – to Roy’s 29 points – made for the final score.
“The kids played hard,” head coach Joel Burton said. “Tashena Ashby and Kaisley Larsen led the charge for us tonight. The girls continue to get better every day.”
Bountiful ended its season with a loss to Box Elder 54-35 Feb. 9. The Braves scored just two points in the first quarter and eight points by halftime – to the Bees’ 22 points. Bountiful came out of the break and scored 27 points to end the game.
“We struggled getting going last night,” Burton said. “Dashani Purcell sure gave us a lift and led us.”
Purcell had nine points while Waverly Bowman put in eight.
Bountiful ends the season with a 2-18 overall record.
“This group of girls sure plays hard,” Burton said. “They have been a fun team to coach.”
Viewmont suffered its first loss since the second game of the season against Woods Cross Feb. 7. The Vikings found themselves down at the half for just the third time this year and lost by seven.
“We didn’t play well and Woods Cross shot the ball well,” said head coach Clint Straatman. “This is a good wake-up call for us heading towards the state tournament.”
Mercedes Staples scored 33 points to go with five rebounds and three steals and three assists in the loss while Melissa Sorenson added seven points and six rebounds.
Viewmont also lost to Roy 52-50 Feb. 9. The Vikings are now 5-2 in Region 5 and 15-3 overall.
Woods Cross scored in double digits in nearly every quarter – including 20 points in the fourth quarter – to hand Viewmont its first region loss of the season 54-47 Feb. 7, and only its second loss overall this year. The Wildcats had lost by seven points in its first region matchup with Viewmont Jan. 24.
“We played a very good game against Viewmont,” head coach David Simon said. “They are so good. I felt like we were able to slow down their transition game that they are so good at. We started the game with a lot of energy and focus and were able to carry that though the entire game.”
Sara Noel knocked down five 3-pointers and led the Wildcats with 20 points while Riley Aiono added 11 and Paige McKenna put in 10.
“Our effort was awesome and the toughness and fight of our girls was there from start to finish,” Simon said. “I was very proud of our girls.”
Woods Cross remains in third place in Region 5 with a 4-3 record and a 13-7 overall mark.