by Josh McFadden
High boys basketball teams had November and December to shake off the rust and get ready for the more important region battles. Davis started Region 1 play this past week, while Region 5 schools Bountiful, Woods Cross and Viewmont have a few more tune-up games before heading into league action.
Only Woods Cross got into the win column last week.
The Wildcats had a pair of games last week as they came back from the holiday break. The team won back-to-back games for the first time all year when it defeated Skyridge 52-38 on Jan. 3. This was on the heels of a 62-53 victory over Clearfield on Dec. 29.
Woods Cross played stingy defense on the evening, limiting Skyridge to a mere 10 field goals the entire game. In fact, Skyridge had just 15 points at halftime and eight in the decisive fourth quarter. And while the Wildcats didn’t exactly shoot lights out, they did enough to will comfortably over the Region 8 foe.
Mason Cowley was the only Wildcat player to reach double figures in scoring. The 5-10 senior had 15 points and added eight rebounds. Seven of his teammates got into the scoring column, with Dax Gorringe contributing nine points. Tucker Goodfellow matched Cowley’s eight rebounds.
On Jan. 5, Woods Cross hosted Class 6A’s Riverton, losing 75-50. Things were going well in the first half, as the Wildcats were leading 33-23 at the break. Whatever adjustments Riverton made in the locker room worked amazingly, because the Silverwolves turned the tables on the Wildcats with a stunning 52-17 run in the second half. Riverton outscored Woods Cross 22-4 in the second quarter alone. Cowley and Sam Larsen each scored 10 points in the loss. Gorringe and Jake Howe each had eight points.
The Wildcats hosted East on Tuesday and Mountain Crest on Wednesday, both after our press deadline. Woods Cross finishes a busy week on Friday with a trip to West Jordan.
The Darts saw a six-game winning streak come to an end as they opened region play last Friday at Layton. The 60-53 loss dropped Davis to 9-2 on the year.
Poor shooting doomed the Darts; they hit just 16 of 50 from the field and 13 of 21 from the foul line. Layton, meanwhile, didn’t miss a foul shot in 10 attempts.
Despite the difficulty in finding baskets, Davis still found itself within striking distance entering the fourth quarter.
Rich Stucki and Tyson Garff led the way with 15 points and 14 points, respectively. Josh Sanders added 12 points. Layton outrebounded the Darts 39-23.
Davis attempted to get back to its winning ways and even its region mark when it traveled to Syracuse on Tuesday, after our press deadline. The Darts will host Northridge on Friday.
Bountiful’s lone game last week was a 64-56 loss to Springville last Friday, dropping the Braves below .500 with a 6-7 record.
It was an up-and-down contest the entire way. After a 19-19 first quarter, Springville surged to a 39-32 lead at halftime. The Braves responded with a 17-9 run in the third quarter to take a one-point lead into the final period. Then it was Springville’s turn to take control, as it outscored Bountiful 16-7 in the fourth quarter.
The loss overshadowed a great game from Brig Willard, who poured in a game-high 21 points, including three three-pointers. Camron Chism chipped in 15 points and a pair of three-pointers.
The Braves had one more game before starting Region 5 play: a Tuesday matchup with Olympus, after our press time. Bountiful hosts Roy Jan. 23 for the region opener.
The Vikings fell to 3-9 after a 67-61 loss to West Jordan last Friday. Viewmont hung tough with the 6A Jaguars, a perennial state power. In fact, Viewmont began the fourth quarter with a 47-45 lead, but it couldn’t hang on for the upset.
Spencer Mackay paced the Vikings with 20 points. He also had four rebounds and a pair of assists. Chandler Cox had 12 points and eight rebounds, while Josh Mordue, the team’s leading scorer this season, had 11 points and three assists.
Next up for the Vikings was a home game against Highland on Tuesday (after our press deadline), followed by a home game with Taylorsville on Friday.