Friday , March 02, 2018 - 10:31 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — Layton knew if it were to make a deep run in the state tournament, the Lancers would have to potentially contend with Lone Peak in the semifinals. They had the team to make a run, a tall lineup with players who could score in different ways.
The two schools got their matchup and it was the Knights who prevailed in the battle of medieval mascots. Layton’s season ended in an 82-47 loss to Lone Peak in the 6A semifinals Friday night at the Huntsman Center.
Lancers head coach Kelby Miller said they had to focus on taking care of the ball to have a chance at knocking off the heralded Knights. Layton committed 20 turnovers that led to 30 Lone Peak points.
“All the credit to them, their pressure gets you playing a little bit faster than what you want to do and maybe you rush some shots that you normally wouldn’t, and that was really the big difference,” Miller said.
Layton (16-8) came in having lost the last four against the Knights, with all four matchups taking place the past four seasons, including November’s 72-62 Lone Peak win at Layton.
Lone Peak (22-3) guard Chantry Ross scored 10 of his 17 points in the first quarter with two drives early in the quarter and back-to-back fastbreak 3-pointers at the end. The Lancers stayed within striking distane for a majority of the first half, cutting a 10-point deficit to four, 28-24, late in the second quarter.
Ball security was a focus for Layton, especially against Ross and Steven Ashworth, two guards who can wreak havoc on opposing offenses.
That’s exactly what the Knights did, forcing nine Lancers turnovers in the first half and turning them into 16 points. Ashworth wasn’t there for the latter part of it, suffering an apparent eye injury and heading to the locker room midway through the second quarter.
There was some concern that he had a detached retina, Lone Peak head coach David Evans said. Ashworth jogged back to the floor a couple minutes before the second half started, swished some warmup shots and scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half.
“It started to get better and better as time went on, kind of just a reboot of the eye focusing and all that,” he said after the game. “Now it’s pretty much perfect again.”
Layton played well defensively for long stretches in the third quarter, yet scored just six points and went 3 of 11 from the field in that quarter.
Shots they normally made — close shots at the rim — weren’t falling and Layton couldn’t make up enough of the double-digit deficit to ramp up the pressure on Lone Peak.
Still, senior post Collin Jeppson ended with 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting and five rebounds. Chase Potter scored 15 points and Truman Brown added eight.
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