LAYTON — One thing was for certain, the Lancers were going to win the game.
In a battle of matching monikers, the Layton Lancers rode off with a rousing 74-20 spearing of Granger, leaving the visitors battered and bruised in the dust on Friday.
Already ahead on the scorecard 24-6 after the initial quarter, Layton saddled Granger with a 22-0 spurt to open the second stanza before a token bucket ended the half.
“I have never seen anything like that,” said Layton coach Kelby Miller. “When you’re in those type of situations, you don’t realize it as a coach. It wasn’t our intent to run up the score; it just happened. We had good shots and good things happened for us.”
Layton improved to 3-1 in the preseason, with an astounding 19 steals of errant Granger miscues, that gave the home team free rein at the rim.
“We’re a pretty blessed group. When our kids decide they want to play hard and pay attention, we can be pretty good. We got a wake up call in our one loss; it showed us we can’t just show up and win,” Miller said.
Mike Hibbert, a 6-foot-9 junior center, led Layton with 13 points and 6-foot-6 sophomore forward Jarriesse Blackmon was next in line with eight, where 15 of the 16 boys who played got into the scoring column.
“You can’t coach kids to be tall and we have some size this year,” Miller said. “We wanted to play as many players as we could. Some of those guys won’t get a lot of varsity minutes. It was great for them to play with the big crowd and their classmates to cheer them on.”
Layton opened the third period with a 14-zip run and held their largest lead at the buzzer, even though they pulled the ball out over the last 3:40 of the game, to not inflict any more punishment on the Granger.
Layton faces a big test next week against Brighton that Miller says “will be a measurement of where we are at as a team.”