RIVERDALE — Both the Utah Military Academy and Layton Christian Academy girls basketball teams came into Tuesday evening’s 2A Region 16 opener on losing streaks.
The LCA Eagles (4–9) got off to a soaring start and never let up, cruising to a 53–12 road victory over the Thunderbirds (5–7). The Eagles snapped their skid at two games while handing UMA its fourth consecutive defeat.
“I liked our effort. I thought it was great,” Layton Christian head coach Aaron Schrader said. “There were times where I’d still like to see us push the pace of play a little bit, but I was really pleased.”
The Eagles’ defense was stifling in the first half, forcing countless turnovers from the T-Birds while limiting them to two made field goals. LCA led 13–3 after the opening period and widened the gap to 27–6 at the half.
“The offense we have is still getting into motions,” UMA head coach David Vito said. “It’s a young team that we have been trying to build for the future. I was very proud at times for it being the first region game. Too many turnovers just cost us.”
Senior guard Danyale Thomas led Layton Christian in scoring with 19 points. She was a wrecking crew in the third quarter, scoring the first eight points of the half for either team.
“She’s a great ballplayer,” Schrader said. “Over the last couple of years, she has done a great job of taking on a leadership role when a game needs to be taken over. She’s really learned to step up and elevate her game.”
UMA’s offense never awakened in the contest. Senior Dylan Furness connected on a jumper in the first quarter and fellow senior Venisha Jones made from the field in the second. Along with two free throws, that was the extent of the damage until there were five seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Layton Christian will return home to face Duchesne on Friday. Utah Military will travel three hours south and take on Altamont.
“I’m always happy with my team,” Vito said. “Win, lose, or draw, they are always going to come out and fight for me.”