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-- Patrick Carr, Standard-Examiner sports reporter
A 36-point win over the two-time defending region champions is the literal definition of emphatic.
That's what Davis (16-1, 9-1 Region 1) did last week against Fremont.
The thing about the Darts is their length all across the floor makes them hard to score against since they can switch screens on virtually any player.
They host Layton on Friday in a rematch of their only loss this year.
The way that Davis is beating people these days, it makes Layton's (16-1, 9-1 Region 1) win over the Darts earlier this season somehow more impressive.
The Lancers have been tested twice recently against Roy and Northridge and passed both times.
In 10 region games, Layton leads Region 1 in scoring average with 77.9.
There was some considerable optimism in Fremont's (16-2, 8-2 Region 1) camp that the Silverwolves would have a better showing against Davis the second time around.
Soon after the second quarter started, that optimism vanished in a puff.
There's a merry-go-round in Region 5 right now after Bountiful (12-8, 5-1 Region 5) beat Woods Cross, which has beaten Farmington by double digits twice, who has handed Bountiful its only region loss so far.
Bountiful has a city rivalry game on the road at Viewmont and closes the season at WX, so a repeat region title this year would be very impressive to say the least.
5. Woods Cross
The thing that's keeping the 'Cats (13-5, 4-2 Region 5) in the rankings is a pair of nice wins against Farmington.
Ogden visits Ben Lomond on Tuesday night in what is likely the final meeting between the two rivals in Ben Lomond's old gymnasium, that is if the gym's roof doesn't leak and cause the floor to warp from all the snow that fell Monday morning.
Farmington (13-6, 4-2 Region 5) has a kryptonite in its two years of existence, and that is Woods Cross. The Phoenix is 1-3 against the Wildcats.
The rest of Region 1 outside the unofficially named Big Three is playing for fourth place. Weber (10-7, 5-5 Region 1) leads the pack by two games over Roy and Syracuse and the Warriors have won three of the last four games.
Overall, the region is better this year yet Fremont (17-2, 10-0 Region 1) could still clinch a region title this week. It's a testament to just how far above the rest of the group the Silverwolves are.
They're ranked No. 1 in RPI and have a sizable lead on the No. 1 spot.
Farmington (15-2, 6-0 Region 5) is ranked No. 2 in the RPI and looks to be in line for a first-round bye once the 5A playoffs start.
The top three seeds in 5A get a bye and Farmington would essentially have to lose its four remaining games to drop below the No. 3 spot.
Syracuse (15-2, 9-1 Region 1) narrowly avoided an upset loss at Weber on Friday, which is either a good or bad thing.
The good: maybe there's something the Titans can take from that game that will benefit them greatly down the road.
The bad: might it shake confidence a little bit by needing overtime to beat a team that Syracuse, ranked No. 8 in RPI, previously beat by 28?
Kylee Mabry has five games in a row where she's scored in double figures for Davis (14-3, 7-3 Region 1).
The Darts, ranked No. 9 in RPI, have a big one on Tuesday at Syracuse, which likely decides second place in the region, but more importantly may be the difference between one and two home playoff games.
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The Lancers (9-7, 7-3 Region 1) have held serve against the bottom teams in the region the past three games and get their crack at Davis-Syracuse-Fremont starting this Friday.
That is, if they can get past upset-minded Weber on Tuesday, which is playing much better the last five games.
We're at the point now of keeping tabs on three region titles. There's Farmington, which will clinch at least a share of the Region 5 title with a win and a Viewmont loss from here on out.
Fremont can also clinch a share of the region title if the Silverwolves beat Syracuse on Friday to improve to 12-0 and if, in that same game, the Titans were to drop to 10-2.
Layton Christian (17-4, 10-0 Region 17) has clinched a share of the Region 17 title and can clinch it outright with either a win in its final two region games or a Waterford loss in its final three region games.
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