ROY — After an 0-2 start, the Royals have gotten on a mini roll.
Despite kissing off a 16-point, third-quarter lead — Roy High went scoreless the final 2:28 of the quarter, the Royals rebounded with a 26-point fourth quarter Tuesday and defeated Davis 76-64 in a non-league game in Ted Smith Gymnasium.
“This was our best game of the season,” said Roy junior point guard Kaitlyn Hurley. “I like everything about this team from the coaches down to the players, including the style (of basketball) we play.”
Can you say up-tempo?
“I like the up-tempo style we play,” said the 16-year-old Hurley, who was the No. 2 scorer in the state 4-A ranks coming in averaging 22.80 points per game.
Roy (4-2 overall) splashed in a season-high 11 3-pointers in extending its winning streak to four, scoring at least 60 points in those victories.
“Being up-tempo plays to our strengths and the players we have,” Hurley said. “We’re definitely in good shape because we like to get out and run the floor.”
The Darts played a box-and-one against Hurley, but she still scored a game-high 28 points with four 3-pointers.
“I think it’s the first time this year anyone has played a box-and-one against me,” Hurley said. “It didn’t really bother me because I have a good team and other players who can score. Sure, I like to score, but being the point guard I still need to distribute the ball and get everybody involved offensively.
“My team knows I will be toeing the 3-point line and I know they’ll be in the low block,” she said.
The Royals recorded their second-highest point total this season in their first of three games this week versus 5-A opponents.
“This is a big week for us and will help put us on the map if we can win all three games. We know it’s going to be tough,” Hurley said.
The Darts, who are still seeking back-to-back wins this season, rallied from a 50-34 third-quarter deficit, ripping off a 15-zip run to close within a point with 7:11 remaining.
A 10-0 Roy spurt pushed the lead to 12 points, and junior Aubrey Porter drained three straight from downtown to boost Roy ahead by 18 with 1:43 left.
Porter finished with a season-high 14 points, including four 3s. Jaden Whaley tossed in three 3-pointers and had 11 points for the Royals, who committed 18 turnovers.
Senior post players Natalie Mecham and Jessica Richardson combined for 45 points for Davis (2-3).
Mecham scored a career-high 25 points; Richardson had a season-high 20.