KAYSVILLE -- Going into their league opener, it was a repeated point of emphasis that the Lancers got swept during the 2012-13 season by defending Region 1 champion Davis High.
Limiting the Darts to a season-low point total Tuesday, state 5-A runner-up Layton stormed to a decisive 49-17 league victory while extending its winning streak to eight.
Lancers senior center Jaden Anderson nearly outscored beleaguered Davis by herself with a game-high 16 points on 4-of-10 shooting, including 8 of 9 free throws.
She also rang up a double-double with 12 rebounds, including six offensive boards, and one steal.
"That's what we have been working toward, getting our first league win. I'm glad we pulled it off," said the 18-year-old Anderson. "We used this game as motivation -- losing to them twice last season -- to get us going.
"We didn't know what to expect. We just needed to come out and play hard," she said. "We had to come out strong; this is where it all counts."
The Darts slowed the game's tempo, trying to limit Layton's possessions. That strategy backfired as Davis couldn't score -- just one second-quarter point and only two in the fourth quarter -- and committed 20 turnovers.
"It's tiring having to play defense that long, so conditioning helps in a game like this," Anderson said. "We wanted to start off well in Region 1 since it's a clean slate for everybody. It feels good beating the defending league champion on its homecourt."
Layton (9-1 overall, 1-0 league) shot 38.0 percent (19 of 50) -- 20.0 percent (2 of 10) on 3-point attempts -- and outrebounded the Darts 34-12.
The Lancers had 13 assists, 13 steals and committed just 10 turnovers.
"I need to rebound -- get those boards -- and try to help my team since I'm a senior," Anderson said. "We're coming together as the season goes along, and we're looking to get better. We're hoping for the best, while trying our hardest."
Layton last won the Region 1 girls basketball title in 2005-06, sharing the league crown with Clearfield.
"We played together today, "Anderson said. "We were patient with our passes, which always helps."
Lancers senior point guard Cassidy Anderson went 4 of 6 from the floor for eight points with two rebounds, three assists and one steal. Maddi Smith had six points on 2-of-7 shooting -- 1 of 4 from deep -- with two boards, three assists and four steals.
Sophomore Hailey Bassett made just 3 of 10 shots for six points with four rebounds and one assist for Layton.
"This was one of our better defensive efforts and we weren't even pressing them. We fell back into a solid half-court man-to-man," said Layton coach Van Price. "We had a lot of things prepared to do today, but we didn't need to and will save that for another day.
"We have some good depth, and it makes it a lot funner not being so short-handed," he said. "I have too many good players and can't get enough minutes for all of them.
"I really stressed to the girls that Davis beat us twice last season," Price said. "You want to come and steal one on the road and win as many as you can at home. Right now, we're playing well. The kids are playing together. I know our weaknesses more than anybody, and there are a lot of things we still need to shore up."
McKenzie Day had a team-high six points on 3-of-7 shooting with four rebounds and one block for the Darts (4-7, 0-2), who dropped their second straight game and are 1-6 in their last seven.
"Pretty much the whole team went and watched the Davis-Syracuse game on Friday," Price said. "It gave the girls a chance to see who they were playing. When Davis took 1:30 off the clock on its first possession, I thought 'So, it's going to be one of those games.' "
Davis shot 34.8 percent (8 of 23), and was 0 of 5 from 3-point range with four assists, three steals and three blocks.
The Darts' Kayley Neilson and Sarah Beecher combined for only nine points with 12 turnovers.
Contact reporter Dennis Larsen at 801-625-4264, firstname.lastname@example.org.