Hopefully everyone had a wonderful holiday season! It wasn’t all a break for some local basketball teams as there are changes at the top, middle and bottom of the Standard-Examiner’s boys and girls basketball rankings.
Region play begins this week for some schools, while others are already started.
Davis (5-5) coasted to two easy wins before Christmas and the Darts are starting to hit a nice stride right before region play starts. Jake Sampson (16.1 ppg) leads a quarter of double-figure scorers.
How much do you take from Bountiful (7-5) going 1-3 at The Classic at Damien over Christmas break? Not much: that tournament is loaded and, unlike Utah, non-league games actually mean something in other states that use an RPI rating for postseason seeding. Like coach Mike Maxwell has said, he’s had teams win state titles but never go undefeated.
3. Woods Cross
The Wildcats (6-2) only played once the week before Christmas, an eight-point loss to Riverton. They’ll be well-rested for the final stretch of non-region games, which has an interesting meeting with Skyridge on Wednesday.
The past three games have been pretty decent for the Silver Wolves (6-4). They thrashed Farmington and Bonneville and are plausibly a buzzer beater away from beating Skyridge on the road. Region 1 goes through Plain City.
5. Layton Christian
The perennial punch-above-their-weight Eagles have been doing just that. They’re off to a 6-6 start and had a nice run at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas before Christmas.
Dropped out: Bear River (11-2)
Here’s a way to make a statement: beat the other Region 1 title contender by 21 points in the region opener. That’s what Fremont (8-1) did and the Silver Wolves led by 33 when the starters came out.
Obviously a 21-point loss to Fremont to open Region play isn’t what Layton wanted. However, the Lancers’ (7-2) body of work up to that point suggests that they’ll be a half-game behind the Silver Wolves when they meet again in late-January.
3. Box Elder
Over the past two weeks, Box Elder (6-4) went 1-2 and moved up two spots. Why? Because the losses were at home to Fremont where the Bees are two shots away from a win, and on the road in overtime against Corner Canyon and Utah signee Kemery Martin.
The Darts beat a good Bonneville squad by six and then beat Northridge by 13 in the Region 1 opener. Davis looks the part of a playoff-caliber team so far. Five players average six points per game or better.
Defending Region 11 champion Bonneville (6-4) warmed up for region with wins over Mountain Crest and Weber. Junior guard Jenna Czarnecki’s having a breakout year, averaging 15.6 points per game so far.
Dropped out: Syracuse (7-2), Weber (8-2)