By Josh McFadden
Just as it may have been in your workplace, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is pretty slow in the world of high school sports.
Davis and Bountiful took the week off for boys basketball, but Viewmont and Woods Cross got some more game time in as both squads continue to prepare for region play to start later this month. Both the Vikings and the Wildcats added to their win totals on the year the final week of December.
Riding a rough six-game losing streak, Viewmont headed to San Diego, California, after Christmas for a three-day tournament Dec. 27, 28, 30. The Vikings got a much-needed victory in their first game to move their record to 3-6.
Viewmont began the tournament by defeating Granite Bay, California, 59-54 in a hard-fought overtime contest. The game was a back-and-forth affair throughout; it was tied at 49 apiece at the end of regulation.
Viewmont hit just 22 of 52 shots from the field, but the team got a stellar effort from Josh Mordue, Chandler Cox and Spencer Mackay. Mordue, the team’s leading scorer, had 20 points and four rebounds. The senior also connected on four three-pointers. Cox had 13 points and nine rebounds, while Mackay added 10 points, six rebounds and three steals in the victory.
The Vikings continued in the tournament with a pair of close losses to Washington foes. On Dec. 28, Kelso High School upended the Vikings 59-56 despite 14 points and five rebounds from Mordue. Mackay had 10 points and nine rebounds, while Kendall Draxler contributed 13 points. Viewmont led by 11 at halftime but couldn’t hold on in the second half.
On Dec. 30, Viewmont lost another big halftime lead, this time to Washington’s Union High School by the count of 67-64. The Vikings were ahead 40-28 at halftime. Mordue once again paced Viewmont in scoring, putting in 14 in this contest. Mackay had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Draxler had 11 points and five rebounds.
Viewmont next hosts West Jordan this Friday.
Following its trip to Las Vegas for the Tarkanian Classic before Christmas, Woods Cross had one game last week, a 62-53 win over Clearfield. The victory brought the Wildcats’ record to 4-6.
A huge second quarter helped fuel this win. Woods Cross trailed 21-16 after one quarter, but the Wildcats outscored Clearfield 22-11 in the second to reclaim the lead. Wood Cross never looked back.
The Wildcats hit 18 of their 21 free throws and got 21 points from Dax Gorringe. Tyler Cowley had 11 points and six rebounds, and Justin Bolding added 10 points. Eight different players got into the scoring column for Woods Cross.
The Wildcats played Skyridge on Wednesday (after our press deadline) and next entertain Riverton on Friday.
Davis and Bountiful got back into action this week. The 8-1 Darts hosted Copper Hills on Tuesday (after our press deadline) and then play at Layton on Friday. Meanwhile, the Braves host Springville on Friday and will look to go 7-6.