Lancers put Mustangs on ice

Dec 4 2013 - 12:29am

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DENNIS MONTGOMERY/Special to the Standard-Examiner
Layton’s Caleb Harrop drives the baseline around Mountain Crest’s Canon Schenk (22) for a score during the second half Tuesday in Layton. The Lancers started hitting a high percentage in the second half to put the game away.
DENNIS MONTGOMERY/Special to the Standard-Examiner
Layton’s Caleb Harrop drives the baseline around Mountain Crest’s Canon Schenk (22) for a score during the second half Tuesday in Layton. The Lancers started hitting a high percentage in the second half to put the game away.

LAYTON -- Compared to Mountain Crest's shot selection inside the gym, it was warm outside Tuesday evening.

Holding the Mustangs to a frigid performance from the field, Layton High iced the visitors from the north 53-31 in preseason play.

The Mustangs shot 28 percent from the floor, making only 12 field goals, scored zero points in the first quarter and got to the free throw line just seven times.

"Our focus is on the defensive end of the floor this year," Layton coach Kelby Miller said. "Neither team was shooting well early but we got it figured out."

Layton logged 50 percent for the game after a frosty start, trailing 15-10 in the second stanza before going on a 9-0 run to close out the half.

"We were not good from the outside, but it's early in the season," Miller said. "The players were excited to be at home for the first time in front of their peers and it took a while to get going. But we're smart enough and have good team players who know where to go with the ball and inside was working for us."

Mountain Crest actually tied things at 21 early in the third period, but the Lancers went on a 25-4 run to blow the game open.

"That is a credit to how unselfish our kids are. They figured out what was working and continued to go to it. We went with what (the Mustangs) were not able to stop," Miller said.

Layton held Mountain Crest to single digits in the first period with the big goose egg and six in the fourth quarter, "finishing strong," Miller added.

Mike Hibbert, coming off an injury this summer, followed up a big first game last week with 20 points, including eight-of-eight from the charity stripe and nine rebounds for the Lancers.

Junior forward Jarriesse Blackmon had a monster game for Layton, netting a double-double by scoring 16 points and hauling in 11 boards. Blackmon also tallied five "not in my house" blocked shots and closed the first half with a rim-rattling slam dunk that just beat the buzzer.

Mountain Crest also only had four offensive rebounds, another point of emphasis, Miller said. "That is also a main focus, that teams don't get second chances. We want to hold them to one chance and if we put our minds to it and work hard, good things will happen."

* HILLCREST 58, CLEARFIELD 48: At Sandy, the Falcons couldn't fly fast enough to overcome deficits in the second and fourth quarters.

* ALTA 67, DAVIS 55: At Sandy, Jesse Wade, Matt Morrell and Elijah Kletzli each reach double figures but the Darts fell on the road.

* ROY 73, GRANGER 44: At Roy, Chase DeBoer and Blake Lamb each scored 16 points and Brekkott Chapman and Nate Jones each added 11 as the Royals rolled to victory.

* BEAR RIVER 68, OGDEN 29: At Garland, Landon Cornwall had 13 points to lead a balanced attack as four Bears reached double figures. Jared Olsen and Stetson Summers each added 11 and McKade Mitton scored 10 for Bear River.

Emric Egbert's seven points was the high for Ogden against a solid Bear River defensive effort.

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