Teams enjoy wins before losing to eventual state champions

By Josh McFadden Clipper sportswriter

Few high school basketball teams get to end the season with a victory, but not all advance in the postseason either. A trio of Davis County teams reached the state tournament. Though none brought home a championship trophy, all three enjoyed wins at the tourney. Bountiful Based on the way the Braves started the season, it would have seemed far-fetched they would have been one of the last four teams standing at state. Yet Bountiful reached the Class 5A state semifinals after a pair of postseason victories. Bountiful was 6-8 headed into league play. Even in Region 5, Bountiful finished third with a 4-4 record, but the team got hot at the right time. The Braves upset Skyridge, the second-seeded team from Region 8, in the first round at state, 56-52. The Braves led comfortably by the score of 42-31 after three quarter and had to withstand a Skyridge rally to hold on for the victory. Isaac Kime was the team’s leading scorer. The junior had 14 points and three points. Brig Willard added 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Garrett Buchannan paced the team with six rebounds. With the win, Bountiful moved on to play Skyline, the fourth-place team from Region 6 that had upset Region 7’s top team, Timpview, in round one. Skyline looked poised for another upset early on, but the Braves put an end to that thought with big runs in quarters two and four. Skyline led 21-13 after the first quarter, but the Braves responded by outscoring the Eagles 20-8 in the second quarter. Things were tight entering the final quarter, with Bountiful up just 52-48. Bountiful then dominated play in the fourth quarter with a 28-14 spurt, resulting in an 80-62 Braves win. Camron Chism led Bountiful with 21 points. Willard contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Jaxon Wood had 12 points and six rebounds. The Braves then found themselves in the state semifinals for the first time since 2015 when it won the state championship. Bountiful faced no easy task against undefeated Olympus, a team that had routinely defeated foes by 30 points-plus. It was a rematch of a contest the two teams played on Jan. 9 when the Braves dropped an 84-70 decision to the Titans in what was one of Olympus’ closest games of the season. Unfortunately for Bountiful, this contest wasn’t as close. Olympus opened up a big lead with dominant second and third quarter. Bountiful trailed at halftime 39-22 and was behind 65-33 after three quarters. The Braves hit just 17 of 51 shots from the field and only got to the line for seven free throw attempts. It added up to an easy 79-43 win for Olympus, ending the Braves’ season with a 12-13 record. Viewmont The Vikings finished one place higher in Region 5 than the Braves but didn’t advance as far as their crosstown rivals. Viewmont also saw its season come to an end at the hands of Olympus, which would go on to finish 26-0 and win the 5A title. Viewmont reached the quarterfinals with a 73-55 victory over Springville. The difference in this game were big efforts in quarters two and four, where the Vikings outscored Springville 14-6 and 28-20, respectively. It also helped that Viewmont hit 61 percent of its shots from the field. Spencer Mackay and Josh Mordue were a potent duo in the first-round game, combining for 43 points. Mackay led the team with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Kendall Draxler also had 11 rebounds to go with his nine points. In the quarterfinals, Olympus made quick work of the Vikings in an 86-45 rout. The Titans lit up the scoreboard with 51 points in the first half, building a 24-point lead. Viewmont got 16 points from Parker Kearns and 13 from Mackay. Viewmont concluded its season with a 12-12 record. Davis The Darts grabbed the No. 3 seed in Region 1 and faced Region 3’s second-place team, Granger, in the first round of the Class 6A tournament. Davis shot just one free throw the entire game, but it did plenty of other damage in a 72-48 blowout. Josh Sanders had 20 points for Davis to go with four rebounds and six assists. Tyson Garff had 19 points four rebounds and six assists, and Rich Stucki had 13 points of his own. Davis led 40-24 at halftime and cruised in the second half. In the quarterfinals, Davis had the tall order of contending with state power Lone Peak, winners of eight state championships since 2001. In a reversal of the first-round game, Davis lost to the Knights 72-48. The Darts held Lone Peak to less than 40 percent shooting, but the Knights also hit 13 three-pointers. Davis couldn’t overcome a 35-18 halftime hole, ending its season with an overall mark of 17-8. Garff had 16 points for Davis, while Stucki had 12 points and six rebounds.


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