Viewmont and Woods Cross start strong in girls’ region contests


by Catherine Garrett

Clipper sportswriter

Viewmont won its first two region games while Woods Cross went 1-1 in Region 5 play. Davis and Bountiful both lost region games this past week.

Viewmont

Viewmont won its 10th and 11th straight games over Bountiful and Box Elder this past week.

Against Bountiful on Jan. 17, the Vikings won 64-32, jumping out to a 13-point halftime lead and coming out strong in the second half with a 36-point effort.

Mercedes Staples scored 23 points, including five 3-pointers, to go with six assists and three steals while Emma Carr scored 17 with six rebounds and Melissa Sorenson added 11 and five boards.

On Jan. 19, Viewmont defeated Box Elder 59-54. The Vikings were up 16-13 after the first eight minutes before a 19-point second quarter gave them a 14-point halftime edge. The Bees outscored Viewmont 33-24 in the second half, but the Vikings held on for the win.

Staples scored 37 points, including four 3-pointers, and had five rebounds, five assists and four steals with Sorenson adding nine points and six boards.

Viewmont is 2-0 in Region 5 and 12-1 overall.

Woods Cross

Woods Cross had a five-game winning streak going after a 64-59 victory of Box Elder Jan. 17.

A close game throughout, the Wildcats had a two-point lead at halftime after being tied at 17 each after the first quarter. Woods Cross scored 27 points in the second half – to the Bees’ 24 – for the margin of victory. Olivia Barton and Sara Noel each scored 24 points for the Wildcats.

Woods Cross lost to Roy 55-47 on Jan. 19. Barton scored 19 and Noel 15 for the ‘Cats in that contest.

Davis

Davis lost to Fremont 62-44 on Jan. 19, battling back from an 11-7 first quarter deficit to being down just one point by the half. The Darts were outscored 35-18 in the second half, which made the difference in the game.

“We played an awesome first half and shot the ball extremely well,” head coach Anne Jones said. “But, you have to play two halves in basketball and we just couldn’t stop their 6’3” freshman post Emma Calvert [who scored 26 points]. She got great position on the low block and just had lay-up after lay-up.”

Kelsey Leavitt scored nine points to lead Davis while Lindsey Reich and Valerie Kunzler added eight points each.

“I was proud of our team and how they played,” Jones said. “We just need to get some rewarding wins with how well we are playing, but Region 1 has so many great teams in it that it is just a dog fight every night.”

Davis is now 1-5 in the region standings and 7-8 overall.

“Hopefully we have learned and gotten better and we can turn things around the second half of region play,” Jones said.

Bountiful

Bountiful lost its second region game of the season with a 64-32 setback to Viewmont Jan. 17.

The Braves fell behind early, down 24-13 after the first quarter and 28-15 at halftime. A 17-point second half effort – to Viewmont’s 36 points – made up the final score.

“It’s hard to say we got better when you look at the final score but we did make progress,” head coach Joel Burton said. “We did a lot better at taking care of the ball.  That has been a huge problem for us.  We are playing a lot of young girls who are making big strides.  We see improvement every game because of the effort the girls put in.  They are great girls.”

Waverly Bowman led Bountiful with eight points while Samantha Salmon and Kiyomi Holbrook added six and five points, respectively.

Bountiful’s record is now 2-12 on the season with an 0-2 Region 5 mark.

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