Girls basketball teams playing tough during the holidays


By Catherine Garrett

Clipper sportswriter

Viewmont won its seventh straight game this week while Davis and Woods Cross went 1-1 in its matchups. Bountiful lost its two games.

Davis

Davis defeated Cyprus 55-49 Dec. 19, coming back from a four-point deficit after the first quarter and being down by five at halftime. The Darts outscored Cyprus by eight in the third quarter to lead going into the fourth.

“It was a hard fought win,” head coach Anne Jones said. “Cyprus started the game really strong and we didn’t respond and got in a lot of foul trouble. We were able to make some small adjustments at halftime and fortunately for us played a good third quarter to get us back in the game and then were able to hold on for the win in the fourth.”

Lindsey Reich and Maloree Chisholm scored 13 points each to lead the way for Davis while Sarandon Chino added 10.

To open Region 1 play Dec. 21, the Darts lost to Weber 43-34. Davis was up 7-6 after the first quarter and then down by three at half, but Weber came out strong and took control of the game with a nine-point leading heading into the fourth quarter.

Chisholm led offensively with 11 points.

“We need to start doing the little things better and more consistently,” Jones said.

Davis is now 5-4 overall and 0-1 in region play.

Bountiful

The Braves lost to Bonneville Dec. 19 61-40. Bountiful was down by six points after one and 13 at halftime and could never overcome the first-half deficit, losing by 21.

Jaimee Stahle and Tashena Ashby both scored 14 points to account for more than half of the Braves’ points.

Against Wasatch Dec. 21, the Braves lost 54-42, scoring just 11 points in the second and third quarters – while Wasatch scored 24.

Stahle led offensively with 19 points.

“That was a fun game,” head coach Joel Burton said. “The result wasn’t what we wanted but we saw a lot of progress from our players. Waverly Bowman played well and provided a lot of energy. Emma Lindsey was tough defensively and Jaimee Stahle provided leadership and offense.”

Bountiful’s record is 1-8 on the year.

Viewmont

Viewmont improved to 8-1, winning its seventh-straight game 50-42 over Highland on Dec. 19.

The Vikings were up after the first and second quarters and broke open the game with a strong third quarter, leading by 14 points going in to the final quarter.

Woods Cross

Woods Cross won 74-40 over West Jordan Dec. 19. The Wildcats started strong and were up in double digits after the first quarter and by 14 at half, cruising for the win.

Olivia Barton scored 20 points to lead Woods Cross while Rachel Noel (14 points), Sara Noel (12) and Paige McKenna (11) also scored in double figures.

Six other players scored for the Wildcats – Allee McKenna (six), Mele Tauatauna (2), Riley Aiono (2), Annie Michaelis (2), Liz Howey (2) and Emily Curtis (1).

“We seem to be playing well as a team right now, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” said head coach David Simon. “We still have a few things to clean up, but I like the direction we are headed.”  

On Dec. 21, Woods Cross lost to Corner Canyon 69-64. The Wildcats were down 14-11 after the first quarter and seven at the half. A strong third quarter by Corner Canyon put them up by 15 to start the fourth, but Woods Cross outscored Corner Canyon 29-19 in the fourth in a comeback attempt that came up just short.

Sara Noel led offensively with 24 points while Barton added 16.

“We started the game really well,” Simon said. “They have two of the best players we have played against so far this year. They were difficult to defend. We kept fighting and playing hard, like we have all year, and we competed until the very end. I was so proud of our girls and how they never gave up when it would have been an easy thing to do. We just keep improving and getting better each game. Again we still have some work to do but I think we are heading in the right direction.”

Woods Cross is now 6-4. record so far this season.

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