LAYTON — To many, it looked weird to see Van Price wearing something other than light blue at a Layton girls basketball game.
“We’ve coached against each other before because I was out at Syracuse and I was the one coming in back to Layton High and that was different, but seeing him in different colors after all the years and the success that he’s had here ... it is weird,” Layton head coach Rob Reisbeck said.
Price is in his first year as head coach of the brand-new Farmington High girls’ program after spending 30 years at the Lancers’ head coach.
Thursday, the Phoenix visited Layton, where Price sported a black shirt with a teal logo, sat on the visitor’s bench and used the visiting locker room.
During pregame handshakes, he smiled at the Layton players who came up to him and talked with many of them afterward.
“So many emotions. It seemed like we’re sitting on the wrong side, seeing players I’ve coached and that I love,” Price said.
But for the coach who won so many games in Layton High’s gym, Thursday’s wasn’t one of them. The Lancers had a good shooting night and beat a young Farmington team 51-45.
Layton jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the first quarter as Cierra Bonham knocked in two of the Lancers’ six 3-pointers on the night.
Hailey Cuppet scored 12 points and Abbey Nelson had 11 for the Lancers. Valerie Kunzler led Farmington with 10 points, six of them from two 3-pointers in the third quarter that helped the Phoenix whittle the deficit down closer.
Nelson’s late 3-pointer extended a 46-42 lead to 49-42 and effectively ended Farmington’s comeback chances.
“It was a fun game, it was a battle, you know,” Price said.
“We run the same plays; we’re mirror images of each other. Coach Reisbeck and I had coached together for a long time and he didn’t see a reason to change things and we’re not in the same division, so it’s kind of fun. They just run things better than us; we’re getting there, we’re close.”
SYRACUSE 58, BEN LOMOND 21
Syracuse shut out Ben Lomond 18-0 in the first quarter on its way to a dominant win. Kendree Hamblin and Baylee Sanders led the Titans with 10 points; Rachel Godfrey and Andie Thomas had six points apiece.
Andrea Booth scored six points to lead the Scots. Jessica Roman and Christal Martinez each had four.
BOUNTIFUL 54, OGDEN 23
Bountiful outscored Ogden 31-14 in the first half of the Braves’ 31-point win. Bailey Jenkins scored 12 and Samantha Salmon added 10 points for Bountiful. Brynn Soelberg had 12 points to lead Ogden.
BOX ELDER 61, SALEM HILLS 45
After taking a 9-2 lead headed into the second quarter, Box Elder outscored Salem Hills 25-16 in the second frame in a 16-point win. Morgan Reeder led the Bees with 18 points, Jenna Mortensen had 17 and Emily Isaacson scored 11.
DAVIS 47, WOODS CROSS 31
Davis doubled up Woods Cross 22-11 at halftime as part of a 16-point win. Kylee Maybry led the Darts with 12 points and Taylor Jackson paced Woods Cross with eight.
UTAH MILITARY 23, DUGWAY 19
Utah Military Academy trailed Dugway 12-10 at halftime, outscored Dugway 7-1 in the third quarter and held on for a tight win in the low-scoring contest.
GREEN CANYON 54,
Green Canyon led Clearfield 23-11 at halftime and then outscored the Falcons 21-4 in the third quarter. Taevey Davis scored eight points, Kiersten Boyack had seven and Miranda Mansfield scored five for the Falcons.
OGDEN 64, NORTH SUMMIT 48
Austin Richards scored 20 points with four 3-pointers as Ogden eased to a 16-point win over North Summit at the Bear River Winter Classic. Ben Howard added 13 points and Isaiah Coria scored 12. The Tigers outscored North Summit 32-24 in both halves.
BEAR RIVER 88, UNION 60
Bear River expanded a 35-29 halftime lead into the final 28-point deficit in the Bears’ first game of the Bear River Winter Classic. Bear River hosts Ogden on Friday at 8 p.m.
WESTLAKE 79, SYRACUSE 62
Kingston Williams’ 19 points weren’t enough for Syracuse to overcome Westlake. Kobe Rusch added 10 points and Jared Palmer had nine for the Titans.
LONE PEAK 75, VIEWMONT 40
Parker Kearns scored 15 points on 6 of 15 shooting in Viewmont’s loss against Lone Peak. Dallin May hauled in 13 rebounds.