Girls basketball: Jayhawks rout Eagles, sit atop region

Jan 24 2012 - 11:55pm

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(NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner)
Saint Joseph High School’s Katie Berry (right) competes for a loose ball with Layton Christian Academy’s Kristyna Novakova (left) in Ogden on Tuesday. The Jayhawks won 57-36.
(NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner)
Saint Joseph High School’s Katie Berry (right) competes for a loose ball with Layton Christian Academy’s Kristyna Novakova (left) in Ogden on Tuesday. The Jayhawks won 57-36.

OGDEN -- St. Joseph sophomore center Elizabeth Tomon notched 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Jayhawks cruised to a 57-36 win over Layton Christian Academy, taking sole possession of Region 17's top spot on Tuesday night.

Tomon's double-double at Father Neale Herrlich Gymnasium was complimented by 28 combined points from senior guards Katie Berry and Katie Panushka.

"I feel like we were able to really spread their defense and find the open shot," Tomon said. "It was a really good game for us."

Berry's 16 points put her 40 shy of becoming the first St. Joseph gir1s basketball player to reach 1,000 points for her career.

The Jayhawks set a furious pace in the first quarter, crashing the boards, creating turnovers and scoring on fast breaks.

St. Joseph followed with more of the same in the second and took a 33-13 lead into the locker room.

"We did a good job of scoring off our defense," St. Joseph coach Joe Cravens said. "We weren't giving them many good looks and rebounding well so it turned into a transition game."

Junior guard Alissa Atisme led Layton Christian with 16 points including a trio of 3-pointers that helped the Eagles battle back to within 13 early in the fourth.

Freshman Shayla Simpson and Junior Callie Chandler each scored six points for Layton Christian and pulled down a combined 13 rebounds.

Despite the effort from Simpson and Chandler, the Jayhawks won the battle of the boards 33-23 and went 8-of-10 from the free throw line.

St. Joseph moves to 4-0 in Region 17 (10-3 overall) and travels to West Ridge Academy on Thursday while Layton Christian drops to 3-1 (8-4 overall) before heading to Intermountain Christian, also on Thursday.

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