Welcome to the first installment of the Standard-Examiner's 2018-19 prep basketball rankings. Look for the top five boys and girls teams every Monday. This week, the Davis High boys and Fremont High girls debut at No. 1 in their respective top fives.
Three up, three down. And it’s not just any three teams the Silver Wolves (3-0) have beaten to start the year. The 3-0 start includes wins over fellow 6A title contenders Riverton and Copper Hills, plus an improved Sky View team. The tough non-region schedule continues this week with Alta, followed by the Bingham team that Fremont beat in last season's state title game. Emma Calvert and Timea Gardiner are as formidable a duo as any in the state.
New coach? No problem. The Lancers are 3-0, which includes a grinding 2-point win over Pleasant Grove. They should be pretty hard to take out in close games this year, what with an experienced team that score inside and out.
One had to figure Bountiful (3-0) would be marked for improvement this year and the Braves are already showing it in the first two weeks. Through the first three games, they’re averaging 13.7 offensive rebounds per game.
Another team that had a disappointing region campaign last year is starting very fresh in 2018-19. The Titans’ three wins are against Bonneville, Ogden and Ben Lomond, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do against 6A and 5A schools, but so far the prognosis is good.
5. Box Elder
The Bees are off to a 3-1 start, but they haven’t played a 5A or 6A school yet. Still, Emily Isaacson is averaging a double-double, Morgan Reeder is averaging 20-plus points per game and they’re winning by double digits, save for a 3-point loss to last year’s 4A runner-up Hurricane.
Davis survived an overtime game against a Bountiful team that’s a Region 5 frontrunner and a serious contender for a deep 5A playoff run. The fact the Darts took out the Braves in their first game says a lot: Davis is talented and versatile. Also it’s a good idea not to leave Jake Sampson open behind the 3-point line.
The Braves had their chances late in an overtime loss at Davis, but their chaotic brand of basketball is going to drive other teams crazy. They beat Lone Peak by 13 in the opener and beat West by 30 on Friday. Sophomore big man Rob Whaley is proving to be one of the area’s breakout stars already.
3. Woods Cross
Woods Cross (2-1) lost its season opener two weeks ago, then proceeded to beat Skyline by 34 and Fremont by 16 in Plain City, one of the most eye-popping non-region results so far. Jake Howe and Tyler Roberts are forming a nice tandem.
A 1-point win over a 4A school wasn’t a whole lot to write home about, but a 14-point win on Friday against a Box Elder team that should be really good? That sticks out for the 2-0 Warriors.
It’s early, but 2-0 is 2-0 and the Falcons could use some confidence after last year’s winless region campaign. Senior guard Connor Izatt has averaged 21 points per game on a 65 percent mark from the field so far.