With some region schedules well under way and others about to begin, here's a check-in with girls high school basketball along Northern Utah.
The biggest surprise isn’t that Fremont’s four region wins are by an average of 25 points, nor that Layton and Weber have both had very good seasons to date. It’s the fact that Syracuse finished dead last in the region last year, has a new coach and now has a good chance to make the playoffs. Unless Northridge and or Clearfield get off the runway soon, the battle for the No. 4 seed is going to be a tilt between Weber, Syracuse and Davis.
Fremont (4-0, 11-1)
Layton (2-1, 9-2)
Syracuse (2-1, 9-3)
Weber (2-1, 9-3)
Davis (2-1, 8-4)
Northridge (0-4, 4-9)
Clearfield (0-4, 4-9)
Emily Isaacson is averaging a double-double and once again leads Box Elder in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Bountiful started well but has lost four of the last five heading into region games. The Braves grab 13 offensive rebounds per game, which, by their field goal percentage, translates to an extra 9.8 points per game.
Farmington, despite its youth, has the makings of a solid team. The Phoenix shoots well, doesn’t get blown out — save for one quarter against Green Canyon — and Van Price has a reasonably deep bench to draw from.
Viewmont has taken seven charges as a team in 11 games, so don’t doubt the Vikings’ toughness even if the results indicate a different story. Woods Cross is going to have to rely on defense to win ballgames, but the one thing the Wildcats have going for them is good rebounding and decent post play.
The consequence of having nine seniors last year for Roy is that this year, the Royals have spent a month-and-a-half trying to figure out who can play where by the time region games start.
Box Elder (7-5)
Woods Cross (2-8)
Bonneville’s dispatched Tooele and Stansbury, the two teams expected to challenge the Lakers for the region title. They have balanced scoring that complements a standout guard, Jenna Czarnecki.
Ben Lomond has a spring in its step after a rivalry win over Ogden, and a 1-1 region mark instead of 0-2 can make a big difference. Tuesday night showed how crucial Brynn Soelberg is to Ogden’s success. In the three quarters she played against the Scots, she scored a game-high 19 points and the Tigers outscored BLHS by 11.
Stansbury, by virtue of its tough non-region schedule and five-point loss to the Lakers, may be best equipped to knock off the defending champs. Tooele looked good until getting waxed by Bonneville, Park City is a darkhorse for the No. 4 seed and Juan Diego is surprisingly down.
Bonneville (2-0, 8-4)
Park City (1-0, 1-9)
Tooele (1-1, 6-5)
Stansbury (1-1, 4-8)
Ben Lomond (1-1, 3-8)
Juan Diego (0-1, 1-10)
Ogden (0-2, 2-9)
Regions 12 & 13
Bear River post McKenzie Bywater averages 15.4 points per game but the Bears have their work cut out for them in region play. Green Canyon’s led by a Utah State commit Kinley Falslev, Ridgeline is 10-2 and went 3-1 against upper-classification teams, and Logan has a sophomore Amber Kartchner averaging 22.5 points per game.
Defending region co-champion Morgan (6-8, 1-0) had an up-and-down non-region schedule filled with good wins, competitive games and blowout losses. The Trojans won their first region game and get South Summit next. Grantsville, the other defending region co-champ, has looked the best out of the region teams so far.
St. Joseph has an obvious advantage with double-double center Virginia Tomon. Layton Christian has a good point guard Danyale Thomas, who’s already torn up a couple teams this year. Utah Military Academy won five games in non-region play, which is more than the previous two years combined. North Summit is the likely favorite, led by Utah commit Kennady McQueen.