Lancers top Titans to earn an off day

Jan 11 2014 - 12:38am


LAYTON -- A nine-game winning streak has its perks.

Following Friday's 52-33 wire-to-wire Region 1 victory over Syracuse High, the once-beaten Lancers will not practice today.

"The girls work hard and they deserve a break. So we won't practice Saturday," said Layton coach Van Price. "We usually have at least a shoot-around on Saturdays."

Senior center Jaden Anderson and senior shooting guard Taylor Moore combined for 35 points, outscoring the entire Titans' team.

"We're starting to develop our identity," Price said. "We're inside-outside oriented, and it's good to have a lot of options on this team. This is the deepest team I've had in a long time."

Anderson scored a game-high 21 points -- tying her season high -- on 7-of-13 shooting with nine rebounds, including four offensive boards. She also had one assist, two steals and two turnovers.

Moore was 5 of 8 from the floor -- 4 of 7 on 3-point attempts -- tying her career high of 14 points. She finished with one rebound, an assist and two turnovers for the state 5-A runner Lancers (10-1 overall, 2-0 league).

"I'm usually really nervous, but I went into this game calm and confident," said Moore, who came off Layton's bench last season. "I felt like I had a couple of bad games lately and wanted to step up for the team and contribute to the wins.

"We're playing better as a team, so tonight was a really good team win," she said. "I think we've had to come together more lately, and the captains have had to take charge more the last couple of games."

Syracuse (6-6, 2-1) came in leading the league standings.

"The girls knew Syracuse and what to expect, so no surprises," Price said. "They could relax and just play ball. We keyed on (Jayda) Bovero and (Demi) Hamblin. They were our focus."

Bovero, the Titans' leading scorer coming in averaging 16.6 points per game, drew her third personal foul at 7:22 of the third quarter. Hamblin picked up her third foul at 6:18 of the third.

"(Chambray) Taylor hit those three 3s when we got into 'help' mode on their other scorers and that happens," Price said.

Taylor tossed in a team-high 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting -- 3 of 4 from deep -- with three turnovers. Bovero, a New Mexico signee and a senior combo guard, was 1 of 7 from the floor for five points. She had four rebounds, one assist, a steal and seven turnovers.

Hamblin, a junior center, hit 3 of 7 shots for six points with three boards and one turnover for the Titans, who had their three-game winning streak snapped and are 3-4 in their last seven.

Syracuse shot 30.0 percent (12 of 40), including 50.0 percent (4 of 8) from 3-point range, and got outrebounded 41-21. The Titans, in their second-lowest scoring game this season, had one assist, five steals and committed 21 turnovers.

The 18-year-old Moore splashed in three consecutive first-quarter triples.

"I'm supposed to be our best perimeter threat and we have a lot of good shooters on the team, which is awesome," she said. "When the first 3-pointer goes in, my confidence goes up and I keep shooting. If they shut down one person, then somebody else steps up. We're not a one-player team."

Sophomore power forward Hailey Bassett was just 1 of 8 from the floor for three points, but grabbed 11 rebounds -- six offensive boards -- and had three blocks for Layton. Senior small forward Maddi Smith had eight points on 2-of-9 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and four turnovers. But she guarded Bovero and helped hold her to a lone field goal.

"I thought we played really good defense," Moore said. "We mix it up. It's whatever coach wants and yells at us to play. We had it going both ways today, offense and defense. We had a good practice Thursday to get us ready for today. Bovero was our focus on defense and Maddi guarded her."

The Lancers shot 36.7 percent (18 of 49) -- 44.4 percent (4 of 9) from beyond the arc -- with 16 offensive rebounds, 17 assists, 12 steals and 17 turnovers.

"I have a lot of faith in our posts," Moore said. "When my shot isn't there, I'm looking to get the ball inside. If we play like we did today, and we continue playing together, I think we're good enough to win region.

"I think Fremont is our big rival, especially this year," she said. "The region is really tough this season, top to bottom."

* Fremont 67, Viewmont 47: At Bountiful, the Silver Wolves (10-1, 2-0) extended their winning streak to eight.

BYU signee Amanda Wayment had a team-high 18 points and BYU commit Shelbee Molen tossed in 17. Kealani Sagapolu added 12 points and

Sydnee Ward had 11 off the bench for Fremont, which put up 21 points in the first quarter and outscored the Vikings 20-7 in the fourth quarter.

Caitlyn Larsen rang up a double-double with a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds for Viewmont (7-5, 1-2).

* Davis 55, weber 23: At Kaysville, the Darts' McKenzie Day and Kayley Neilson combined for 31 points, outscoring the one-win Warriors.

Day dropped in a game-high 18 points with eight rebounds. Neilson nailed three 3-pointers en route to 13 points for Davis (5-7, 1-2), coming off a season-low, 17-point game Tuesday versus Layton.

Abbie O'Neill scored seven points for Weber (1-12, 0-3), which got outscored 15-2 in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors, mired in a six-game slide, have been held to 27 points or fewer in five games this season.

Region 6

* CYPRUS 45, CLEARFIELD 43 (OT): At Clearfield, post player Lexi Taylor hit a 3-pointer with about four seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. But Clearfield (2-8, 1-2) fell just a bit short against the Pirates.

"That was our fifth overtime session this week, so I think fatigue got to us a bit," Clearfield coach Rebecca Packer said. "The girls played really well and fought hard though. On Tuesday, we played to four overtime periods before beating East (on the road)."

The Falcons' Bailey Douglas scored a game-high 16 points and Taylor tossed in seven.


* st. joseph 50, layton Christian 17: At St. Joseph High, senior center Elizabeth Toman recorded a 15-point, 18-rebound double-double with one assist and two steals.

Junior point guard Mady White had 10 points, including two 3-pointers, three boards, five assists and eight steals for two-time defending 1-A champion St. Joseph (8-1).

Whitney Lusk had two 3-pointers for the winless Eagles (0-10).

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