Tuesday , November 28, 2017 - 9:57 PM
PLEASANT VIEW — If the wise man built his house upon a rock, an experienced Roy girls basketball team built a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead over Weber by feeding the rock to 6-foot-5 senior center Josie Williams.
Williams followed a 21-point outing against Ogden last week with an 18-point game against the Warriors on Tuesday evening.
Although Weber washed away most of that double digit margin in the final frame, the Royals were able to pull out a 56-52 road victory down the stretch.
“It’s exciting. I wouldn’t get good looks without my guards giving me those beautiful passes,” Williams said. “We’re off to a good start. We really pushed it in the Ogden game and I think we did the same thing in the Weber game today.”
Showing an expanded range, Williams stepped out on the left wing for one of her five buckets and finished 8 of 9 from the free-throw line.
“Ever since I was young, free throws have been the one thing I’ve loved to practice. My coach always tells me free throws win games and I think that’s what won it for us (tonight). Even though we kind of fell away from them in the end, those ones in the beginning were critical for us,” Williams said.
Roy (2-0) was a perfect 13 of 13 from the line before finishing 4-of-11, most of those misses coming in the fourth quarter when Weber (1-1) rallied to cut the lead to three.
“We were at a point where we needed to start making free throws to separate us by maybe three possessions instead of two possessions or one possession, and we felt more pressure when we missed the front-ends,” Roy coach Carolyn DeHoff said.
“They were the same kids shooting them. They’re my seniors out there and those seniors have been in that environment and those seniors have to make those plays and make those free throws; so it was a good game for us to build on because I believe we’re going to be in a lot of those situations this year.”
After Roy opened up a 48-38 edge early in the fourth quarter, Weber closed the gap on a 6-0 run, led by three points from Bridget Triplett and a 3-pointer from Paige Aardema.
“We didn’t get enough kids back and when Weber starts hitting threes, they’re on fire. We called a timeout and got back to that attack mentality on the offensive end and that eased the pressure a little bit.” DeHoff said.
The experienced Royals field a team composed of nine seniors and two juniors, and DeHoff expects a lot from that group.
“This is a veteran group that knows what we’re supposed to be doing ... I trust those kids out there and they’ve just got to learn how to finish games, and that’s why we do this before region,” she said.
Brittney Hatch also notched double figures for the Royals with 10 points. Laura Hadley added eight.
“It’s always a dogfight with Weber. That’s why I’m glad they wanted to play this year,” DeHoff said. “It was sad to leave Region 1 because of the rivalries with the local schools we have had. So thankfully Mark (Hansen, Weber’s coach) was willing to put us on their non-conference schedule for this year. Playing Weber will do a good job preparing us for our season.”
Weber placed four players in double figures, led by Megan Smoot with 14. Triplett and Aardema chipped in with 12 each and Yira Yoggerst netted 10.
CLEARFIELD 54, KEARNS 26
CLEARFIELD — Clearfield outscored Kearns 19-4 in the second quarter to take control and defeat the Cougars in the Falcons’ home opener.
Haylie Anderson scored 17 points to lead Clearfield. Jill Thalman added 12 points and Kiersten Boyack tallied nine for the Falcons.
DAVIS 39, GRANGER 28
WEST VALLEY CITY — Davis outscored Granger 18-7 over the second and third quarters on the way to a road win.
Lindsey Reich led Davis with 12 points. Kami Ober added nine and Sydni Oviatt scored eight points for the Darts.
CYPRUS 54, BEN LOMOND 41
MAGNA — Cyprus limited Ben Lomond to four first-quarter points on the way to the home win.
Senior Jaynie Castillo led Ben Lomond with 10 points. Jasmine Forte and Andie Boothe each scored eight.
PROVIDENCE HALL 54, ST. JOSEPH 33
HERRIMAN — Providence Hall built a 26-18 halftime lead, then outscored St. Joseph 28-15 after the break.
Virginia Tomon led St. Joseph with 19 points and seven rebounds. Gracie Fergus added eight points, three rebounds and two assists for the Jayhawks.
SKYLINE 76, SYRACUSE 34
SALT LAKE CITY – Syracuse fell behind 29-7 after the first quarter and couldn’t recover in the loss at Skyline.
Valerie Harker and Dani Lopez each scored seven points to lead Syracuse.
ROCKWELL 55, UTAH MILITARY 20
RIVERDALE – Rockwell took a 24-12 lead into the locker room, then outscored Utah Military Academy 31-8 in the final two quarters for the road win Monday.
Adison Felix led UMA with 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Ashlyn Waddoups added four points for the Thunderbirds.
BEAR RIVER 61, OGDEN 29
GARLAND — Bear River took a 21-7 lead after the first quarter, then outscored Ogden 19-5 in the second frame to put the game away.
McKenzie Bywater led Bear River with 13 points and nine rebounds. Natalie Cottle added 12 points and Cailee Sidwell posted 11 points and four rebounds.
Makin Clarke scored 10 points and Brynn Soelberg added nine to lead Ogden.
COPPER HILLS 60, FREMONT 53
WEST JORDAN — Copper Hills took a 36-32 lead at the half and held off Fremont.
Emma Calvert led Fremont with 17 points and Abby Broadbent added 15.
RIDGELINE 55, MORGAN 49
MORGAN — Ridgeline took a 45-35 lead into the fourth quarter then held off a Morgan rally for the road victory.
Morgan Cragun and Jaci Jensen led Morgan, each scoring 10 points and pulling down four rebounds.
MALAD-IDAHO 50, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 43
SALT LAKE CITY — Malad-Idaho defeated Layton Christian in a game played at Vivint Arena.
Tess Henry finished with 17 for LCA. Danyale Thomas and Jada Wyms both chipped in nine.
Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.
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