by Catherine Garrett
Viewmont continues its dominant play, winning two more games last week, as their 14-game winning streak rolls on. Davis split two Region 1 games last week, while Bountiful still looks for its first region win through six games and Woods Cross lost and now have a 3-3 record in league play.
Viewmont won its 13th straight game in a battle of the two previously-unbeaten teams in Region 5 against Roy 56-41 on Jan. 31. The Vikings came out strong and were up by four points after one and 10 at halftime.
“It was a good team effort,” said head coach Clint Straatman. “Our defense was great!”
Mercedes Staples scored 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds while Hannah Simonson had 11 points
The winning streak continued for Viewmont (14 straight) with a 67-35 win over Bountiful on Feb. 2. Staples and Melissa Sorenson both scored 20 points to lead the Vikings while seven others scored – Kenna Morris (nine points), Millie Stephens (five), Kjerstin Peterson (four), Kierra Gunnell (three), Simonson (two), Emma Carr (two) and Ann MacKay (two).
Viewmont remains perfect through five games in Region 5 play with a 15-1 overall record.
After two straight region wins, Davis lost to Layton 53-41 on Jan. 30 despite leading after the first quarter 12-9. The Darts only managed 10 points in the second and third quarters – while Layton scored 25 points – that ultimately made the difference in the game.
Sydni Oviatt had nine points to lead Davis while Valerie Kunzler added seven.
The Darts bounced back, playing without point guard Lindsey Reich who was out with a sprained ankle, with a 42-34 win over Syracuse on Feb. 2. Davis was up 12-8 after the first quarter before falling behind 20-18 at the half. The Darts then held Syracuse to just one point in the third quarter – while scoring seven – and ended the game with a 17-point fourth quarter.
“This was a great win for us,” head coach Anne Jones said. “Lindsey is our rock and leader so we really had to have other players step up and make some adjustments. We really Lindsey being our floor general and her shooting ability to stretch the defense. But, I was really proud of how Anna [Nilson] took over the responsibilities of the point and directed our offense and defense.” Nilson led Davis in scoring with 10 points while Alofipo added nine while six other Davis players scored – Kelsey Leavitt (six points), Oviatt (five), Ober (four), Sarandon Chino (four), Maloree Chisholm (two) and Kunzler (two).
Davis is now 4-6 in Region 1 with a 10-9 overall record.
Bountiful lost 53-32 to Box Elder Jan. 31, staying close in the first quarter being down just 8-7 after one, but the Braves were outscored over the next three quarters 45-25.
Waverly Bowman scored eight points to lead Bountiful while Gabby Fleurant added seven.
Against Viewmont Feb. 2, the Braves lost 67-35. The Braves hung close in the first quarter and were down just 16-11, but Viewmont went on a 19-4 run to close the half. The Braves scored 20 points in the second half but gave up 32 in the loss.
“Viewmont is really good,” head coach Joel Burton said. “They played real well last night. For us, Waverly led the charge. She is growing every game. Our young girls are improving every day.”
Bowman again led Bountiful with 10 points with Fleurant adding eight.
Bountiful is 0-6 in region play with a 2-16 overall mark this season.
Woods Cross lost to Box Elder 45-37 on Feb. 2 staying close through the first quarter, down 15-12 before the Bees extended their lead to eight by halftime. Both teams scored 19 points in the second half for the final score.
“We did not play our best game,” head coach David Simon said. “We had lapses on defense and then struggled to score. We will need to play much better to finish out the season strong.”
Sara Noel led Woods Cross with 18 points in the loss.
The Wildcats are now 3-3 in Region 5 and 12-7 on the year.