by Catherine Garrett
Both Woods Cross and Viewmont girls basketball teams won games, while Bountiful split two matchups and Davis lost two region games this past week.
In a battle of two top-ten teams, the top-ranked Viewmont squad defeated Bingham 48-47 on Jan. 3. The matchup was a tight game throughout, with the Vikings leading 9-8 after the first quarter and Bingham up by one at halftime. The Miners took a three-point edge into the fourth quarter and Viewmont came back for the one-point victory.
Two of Melissa Sorenson’s six points came in the final seconds at the free throw line to first, tie up the game, and then to give the Vikings the eventual game-winner.
Mercedes Staples scored 23 points, including 12 points in the fourth quarter, to lead all scorers and Kenna Morris also added 12 points on four 3-pointers to help Viewmont to the win.
“It was just a great team effort to finish the game,” head coach Clint Straatman said. “Mercedes was big in the fourth quarter and we never quit as a team.”
Viewmont is 9-1 through the first 10 games of the season and is ranked number one in 5A.
Woods Cross defeated Cottonwood 55-27 on Jan. 3. The Wildcats were up by 10 after the first quarter and 35-9 at halftime. Woods Cross scored 20 points in the second half to win by a 28-point margin.
Sara Noel led offensively with 19 points while Olivia Barton added 12 points. Six other players scored for the Wildcats – Rachel Noel (six), Liz Howey (five), Paige McKenna (four), Gracie Browning (three), Riley Aiono (two) and Allee McKenna (two).
On Jan. 5, Woods Cross beat Taylorsville 53-48. The Wildcats came out strong with an eight-point lead after the first quarter and a seven-point lead at half. Woods Cross managed to hang on in the second half behind Sara Noel’s 24 points. Olivia Barton added 13 points and eight rebounds.
“Taylorsville is a very tough team,” head coach David Simon said. “We played as hard as we always do and good things happened. Recently we have struggled with free throws, but we hit some critical ones in the fourth quarter that we absolutely had to have. I was proud of our girls for fighting so hard against a big physical team.”
With two wins this week, Woods Cross improved its record to 9-4.
The Braves lost to East 58-23 on Jan. 3, managing just 10 points in the first half and fell short in coming back from a 27-point deficit.
Tashena Ashby scored six points as the leading scorer for Bountiful.
On Jan. 5, the Braves defeated Mountain Crest 43-42. It was a close game throughout with Bountiful turning a 22-21 halftime deficit into a 29-26 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Braves held on for the win.
Six players scored for Bountiful, led by Samantha Salmon with 11 points. Others were Dashani Purcell (nine points), Tashena Ashby (eight), Kaisley Larsen (six), Waverly Bowman (six), Emma Lindsey (two) and Gabby Fleurant (one).
“The girls played with a lot of energy and effort,” head coach Joel Burton said. “It was a well-rounded team effort.”
Bountiful is 2-10 on the season prior to Region 5 action.
Davis lost to Clearfield 54-38 on Jan. 3, getting off to a slow start that resulted in an eight-point deficit after one and six points at halftime. The Darts outscored Clearfield to start the second half, but managed just six points in the fourth quarter – while Clearfield scored 20 points for the final margin.
Lindsey Reich led Davis with eight points while Kelsey Leavitt and Anna Nilson added six points and five points, respectively.
Against Layton on Jan. 5, Davis lost 37-34. The Darts broke an 8-8 tie after the first quarter to take a three-point lead into halftime, but were outscored by seven in the third quarter and beaten by three points.