Girls Basketball Roundup: Jones healthy, sparks Roy in win

Friday , December 11, 2015 - 3:24 PM

KAYSVILLE — It’s impossible to miss 6-foot-5 Josie Williams during a Roy High girls basketball game.

A behemoth of a post can only be so good without a guard who can open things up, though, and now that Sariah Jones is in the starting lineup, that’s exactly what the Royals have.

Davis High struggled to find an answer on Thursday and Roy cruised to a 46-33 non-region victory that didn’t feel even that close.

“(Jones) had an injury and so she was shut down for a little bit,” Roy coach Carolyn DeHoff said. “She’s just now trying to get back to that player that she was and that we kind of expected to be able to do some of the things she did for us in terms of breaking down their defense and dishing it off to our bigs.”

Jones tied Williams with a team-high 11 points with nine coming in the second half. Roy scored the first eight points of the game and led by as many as 23.

“We’ve definitely seen progress since last year but we have been struggling getting quick starts the last few games, and so it was really good to get that quick start this game,” Jones said.

Roy’s defense stifled Davis much of the night, holding the Darts to just 14 points and four made field goals through the first three quarters.

Malia Tupuola led Davis with eight points and was the only Dart to make a field goal until McKinlay Otterson’s basket with 2:59 remaining in the third quarter.

Savanna Williams added 10 points for Roy.

WEBER 61, SYRACUSE 42: At Pleasant View, Hanna Johnson scored 24 points and made 6-of-7 from 3-point range, Taylor Morris added 18 points and Weber pulled away from Syracuse in the second half to earn a 61-42 non-region win over its former Region 1 rival on Thursday.

Emery Marshall led Syracuse with 16 points.

Syracuse led by three at the end of the first quarter, but Weber led by three at halftime. The Warriors led by seven entering the fourth when they scored 25 points.

Weber recorded 14 steals compared to just two for Syracuse.

WEST 59, NORTHRIDGE 51: At Salt Lake City, West held Northridge to seven points in the third quarter and held on in the fourth to earn a 59-51 non-region victory in a game played at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Thursday.

With Northridge struggling to score, West built a 38-29 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Julia Stock led Northridge with 10 points while Ashley Hayes and Karissa King each added nine for the Knights. Hayes also had eight rebounds.

ST. JOSEPH 57, AMERICAN PREP 21: At West Valley City, Kathleen Tomon scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as St. Joseph dominated American Prep for a 57-21 non-region victory on Thursday.

St. Joseph led 53-12 at the end of the third quarter.

Addy Okwale scored 12 points and also totaled six rebounds, four steals and three assists.

LOGAN 66, POCATELLO-IDAHO 52: At Preston-Idaho, Logan used a 20-point third quarter to breeze to a 66-52 non-region victory over Pocatello-Idaho in a tournament at Preston High School on Thursday.

Kira Peterson led Logan with 17 points and was one of five Grizzlies to reach double figures. Kayla Hugie finished with 15 and Heather Anderson totaled 12 while Samalie Prom and Sharron Wallace each tallied 10.

Logan will face Burley-Idaho in the same tournament on Friday.

SKY VIEW 61, BOX ELDER 48: At Smithfield, Kaylee Carlsen finished with 18 points and eight rebounds and Sky View defeated Box Elder 61-48 in a non-region game between two former region foes on Thursday.

Hunter Krebs and Jamie Nielson each reached double figures as well with 16 and 10 points, respectively.

Keslee Stevenson led Box Elder with 11 points while Emily Isaacson finished with 10.

BEN LOMOND 40, AMERICAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 19: At Ogden, Summer Yazzie scored 10 points to lead Ben Lomond to a 40-19 victory over American Leadership Academy in a non-region contest on Thursday.

Kaelie Morris added eight points and blocked six shots, while Ashley Garcia recorded six steals and Luis Fiorelli grabbed nine rebounds.

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