Tuesday , November 21, 2017 - 10:00 PM
LAYTON — As a senior co-captain, point guard Kaitlyn Viator is expected to take charge of things for Layton this year — and it was a charge she took in the lane midway through the first quarter that sparked the Lancers to an 18-8 run over the rest of the half.
Layton maintained that margin and built upon it after the break before finishing off Bonneville 42-24 in the non-region opener for both schools Tuesday evening.
“(The charge) excites us, we talk about it,” Layton coach Van Price said. “I’ve had teams before that never took a charge the whole season and that’s something we challenge the girls to do. Get the position, take a charge.
“You’re going to get pummeled, you’re going to get knocked down. We want the whole bench to ignite and be excited for her. That really sparked us.”
Viator is the only senior starter off last year’s team and has embraced her new role.
“(Price) challenged me to run through the plays more, go to where we can get the best shot we can, just be patient and lead the team,” Viator said. “We have a couple of new girls and I just need to help them out. But we all play together, and it’s great.”
She scored seven points during the first half run — adding a layup to 5-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line — and ended with 15 points on the night.
“Your point guard has to run the show a little bit. Being a senior is huge,” Price said. “She has to run the offense and call out the defense. She’s our best defender and by example, she’s our best leader.”
Viator said her team started slowly because of nerves, then started “playing together and talking to each other and getting hyped up.”
The Lancers had a 22-12 lead at the half, but three starters hit the bench with foul trouble within the first two minutes of the third quarter, giving Price a good look at his backups early on.
“We got in foul trouble with our posts. I played six post players and that’s all I have,” Price said. “They all did some good things and I was pleased with that. It’s exciting to see them step up and play.”
Layton continued to build its lead with subs on the floor, outscoring Bonneville by five points in each of the first three quarters to take a 35-20 lead. The Lancers held held the Lakers to single digits in all four frames.
“Defense is what we’re going to have to be known for,” Price said. “We have a ways to go on offense. I’d like to score at least in the 50’s and gradually the 60’s. Until we get there, our defense is going to have to keep us where we are until we calm down.”
Junior Brenda Gallegos scored 12 points for the Lancers, including a trio of 3-pointers.
“She did a good job. We’ve got some kids that can shoot, but now it’s varsity time and they need to learn to relax a little and let things happen, Price said.
Talia Afuvai led the Lakers with 10 points off the bench and Saydee Larsen chipped in with seven.
Bonneville returns to action Dec. 1 when it hosts the Harry Burchell Classic. Layton plays next Tuesday at American Fork.
WEBER 46, HIGHLAND 38
PLEASANT VIEW — Weber outscored Highland 27-9 to end the game and pick up the season-opening win.
The Warriors trailed 24-17 at halftime and fell behind 29-19 early in the third quarter, then held the Rams to four points the rest of the quarter and only five in the final frame.
Megan Smoot led the Warriors with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Sydney Steadman chipped in with nine points. Yira Yoggerst added five points, seven rebounds and three assists.
NORTHRIDGE 56, GREEN CANYON 35
LAYTON — Ten players scored for Northridge as the Knights picked up an opening-night win over Green Canyon.
Jennica Hess led Northridge with 11 points, including a 3-pointer. Kendell Petersen added nine for the Knights.
WOODS CROSS 58, DAVIS 49
WOODS CROSS — Woods Cross took a 28-23 lead at the half and captured a home win over Davis.
Sarah Noel led all scorers with 15 points, while Olivia Barton added 13, including two 3s, for Woods Cross. Rachel Noel scored 11 points for the Wildcats.
Lindsey Reich scored 14 points to lead Davis. Anna Nilson netted 11 points with three 3-pointers for the Darts.
BEN LOMOND 31, ST. JOSEPH 26
OGDEN — Ben Lomond topped crosstown school St. Joseph for a back-and-forth road win.
Taylor Abbott and Jasmine Forte combined to score 21 points for Ben Lomond while Ashley Garcia totaled eight steals.
Virginia Tomon and Gracie Fergus combined for 15 points to lead St. Joseph.
ROWLAND HALL 42, UTAH MILITARY 2
SALT LAKE CITY — Riverdale’s Utah Military Academy played its inaugural high school basketball game and was defeated soundly by the Rowland Hall Winged Lions.
UMA was held scoreless through three quarters. Rae McBride converted two fourth-quarter free throws for the first points in Thunderbird program history.
VIEWMONT 59, RIDGELINE 35
BOUNTIFUL — Viewmont took a 38-21 halftime lead and led 54-28 after three quarters to cruise to a home win over Ridgeline.
MURRAY 53, BOUNTIFUL 38
MURRAY — Murray led 16-14 at the half, then outscored Bountiful 37-24 in the second half to take the opening-night contest.
Jaimee Stahle led all scorers, netting 28 points for Bountiful.
COPPER HILLS 62, CLEARFIELD 49
WEST JORDAN — Copper Hills outscored Clearfield 26-4 in the fourth quarter to claim the home win.
Haylie Anderson led Clearfield with 19 points. Kiersten Boyack scored 10 points and Cailin McGarry added six for the Falcons.
ROY 61, OGDEN 28
ROY — Roy raced to a 44-11 halftime lead on the way to a big win over Ogden.
Josie Williams scored a game-high 21 to lead Roy. Laura Hadley netted 12 points and Mia Fernandes scored seven for the Royals.
Brynn Soelberg scored seven points to lead Ogden. Aleah Knowles added six points for the Tigers.
Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.
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