KAYSVILLE — There will be no undefeated Region 1 girls basketball team this season.
The Darts saw to that Friday, overcoming nine- and eight-point deficits during the second and third quarter, respectively, in a 52-41 victory over league-leading Layton High.
Davis dropped in 8 of 11 fourth-quarter free throws, but went only 19 of 32 at the foul line. The Lancers were just 3 of 10 from the free-throw line.
“Last night after practice, the (seven) seniors got together and had a meeting. We said we needed to step up,” said Darts senior center Jessica Richardson. “We each felt like we were slacking, and we had to get a better attitude.”
Davis (10-5 overall, 3-1 league) took a 37-34 lead on Morgan Hartvigsen’s 3-pointer with 6:18 remaining, outscoring the Lancers 20-9 in the fourth quarter.
“(Kayley) Neilson’s four-point play (with 1.2 seconds left in the third quarter, which tied the score 32-all) was the turning point,” Richardson said.
Neilson, a sophomore, splashed in 3 of 3 from downtown for a career-high 10 points with one assist, a steal and one block for the Darts, who are 8-1 in their last nine games.
“Kayley is doing well. She is a good player who can shoot the 3-pointer. Kayley gave us a big lift off the bench,” said the 17-year-old Richardson, who scored 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds, one steal and a block.
Hartvigsen was 4 of 8 from the floor for a game-high 16 points with four assists, four boards and one steal for Davis, which shot 43.7 percent (14 of 32), including 62.5 percent (5 of 8) from 3-point range.
The Darts, who pulled into a first-place tie with Layton and Fremont, had 25 rebounds, 15 turnovers, nine assists, four steals and two blocks.
“We’re really deep and we have players who can come in off the bench and keep the tempo running,” Richardson said. “Our heads were not in the game against Weber (a 43-38 road loss Tuesday). We were all slacking off and it was just mental.
“We want to show people we are Davis and not to overlook us,” she said. “The real Davis team showed up today.”
The Lancers’ Maddi Smith, who strained a ligament in her right elbow Tuesday versus Fremont, scored a game-high 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting with six boards and one steal.
Jaden Anderson had eight points, one rebound, an assist and one steal for Layton (11-4, 3-1), which had its four-game winning streak snapped and is only 4-3 in its last seven.
“I think we took too many outside shots and didn’t look to get the ball inside,” said Layton coach Van Price. “We have to get better offensively, show more patience and play to our strengths.
“I felt like there were calls missed that could have helped us,” he said. “We didn’t go to the (free-throw) line very much. We got in a hurry and didn’t run our plays.”
The Lancers shot 37.5 percent (18 of 48) — 20.0 percent (2 of 10) from deep — with 26 rebounds and 18 turnovers.
• FREMONT 60, NORTHRIDGE 40: At Plain City, 13 was a lucky number for the Silver Wolves, who cruised to victory.
Tanesha Daniels, Shelbee Molen and Amanda Wayment each tallied 13 points in the home win. Fremont built a 22-7 lead after one quarter and managed the game home. McKenzie Burrows added nine points; she and Molen each drilled three 3-pointers.
Sydnee Acord led the Knights with 22 points.
• SYRACUSE 64, WEBER 53: At Syracuse, Takenna Hamblin scored 24 points to pace the Titans to key league victory.
Hamblin added six rebounds, scoring nine points in the final quarter as Syracuse pulled away.
Jayda Bovero added 15 points for the Titans.
Erin Reichle led the Warriors with 22 points and Hannah Charlton added 10. Weber stayed close with 12-of-13 free-throw shooting.
• CLEARFIELD 58, EAST 37: At Clearfield, the Falcons warmed up as the game went on.
Jocelyn Jones and Bailey Douglas scored 17 and 16 points, respectively. Brooklyn Durbano and Kaitlyn Stratton each had eight points for Clearfield.
Laina Sue Sue topped East with 13 points.
• BEAR RIVER 52, STANSBURY 48: At Garland, the Stallions stayed in the game with seven 3-pointers, but the Bears persevered.
Jordan Theurer scored 20 points and Paige Roholt added seven points and nine rebounds to lead Bear River. The Bears maintained a small lead throughout the latter part of the game, getting 14 assists on 21 field goals.
Erika Alvey paced Stansbury with 15 points.