BOUNTIFUL -- The Lancers dug themselves a hole early, turning the ball over on four consecutive possessions.
Not a great way to start in a game for a share of the league title.
"I knew we would come back from being down 9-0," said Layton High senior point guard Cassidy Anderson, who scored the game's final four points Wednesday in the Lancers' 44-41 Region 1 road breakthrough over Viewmont.
With its eighth consecutive victory, state 5-A runner-up Layton (19-2 overall, 11-1 league) is the league co-champion with Fremont. A coin toss will be held today to determine respective Nos. 1 and 2 seedings for next week's 5-A girls basketball tournament at Salt Lake Community College.
Taylor Moore gave the Lancers their first lead, 40-39, with 3:25 remaining. Cassidy Anderson dropped in a backdoor layup -- after a Vikings defender fell down -- at 1:02 to retake the lead, then converted a one-and-one with 22.4 seconds left.
"I like to be in those high-pressure situations. The team is looking for someone to step up," Anderson said. "The girl who fell down was Hailey's (Bassett) man, so my man went to her. I moved to the open spot and Hailey found me.
"I've been in those situations so many times before," she said. "A free throw is a free throw. The situation changes, but the free throw doesn't. It has sunk in that we're region champions. The locker room was pretty loud."
Layton's last league title was its 2005-06 Region 1 co-championship season.
"We have been working on the mental aspects of our game a lot, and that helped us work through the frustrating moments," Anderson said.
"We were a little flighty early on and not playing relaxed. We came together as a team and kept picking each other up."
Moore, who drew her third personal foul at 7:24 of the third quarter, scored a game-high 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting. She was 3 of 5 from beyond the arc with two rebounds, two steals and two turnovers. Maddi Smith hit 4 of 11 shots for 12 points with five boards, one assist, two steals and two turnovers.
Jaden Anderson, who sprained her right ankle Thursday in practice and didn't play Friday versus Northridge, was 5 of 13 from the floor for 11 points. She also had nine rebounds, four assists and one turnover for the Lancers, who shot 32.7 percent (16 of 49) -- 37.5 percent (3 of 8) on 3-point attempts -- with 22 rebounds, 12 assists, nine steals and 13 turnovers.
"I think we're in a good spot going into state. I've had full confidence in our team since the season started," said Cassidy, who has signed with Snow College for women's softball. "I think, based on our record, we should be a 5-A favorite, but that doesn't matter now. Everyone is as good as everybody else, so we have to play our best from here on out."
Caitlyn Larsen and Katie Toole each had 12 points for Viewmont (11-10, 5-7), which plays Syracuse in a fourth-place playoff game for a state 5-A tournament berth.