Check out the first Standard-Examiner winter sports rankings of the season for girls and boys basketball.
-- Patrick Carr, Standard-Examiner sports reporter
Fremont (1-0) is pretty self-explanatory already. The Silverwolves allowed just 32 points last week against American Fork and 13 of those came in the fourth quarter when the game's outcome had long-since been decided.
Fremont's next three games are against defending 6A state champion — and the team that knocked the Silverwolves out of last year's playoffs — Bingham (Tuesday, home), 6A runner-up Copper Hills (Thursday, away) and 4A runner-up Ridgeline (Friday, home).
Farmington's two wins have come by 22 and 39 points. The Phoenix (2-0) isn't torching the nets in the hot early start, rather FHS is winning with things like 33 steals and 27 offensive rebounds in those two games. Abigail Ferrell has scored 46 points in 49 minutes played so far.
The thing that stands out the in Davis' (1-0) 63-37 win over Granger last week is how the Darts adapted in-game. They trailed 17-13 after the first quarter, then outscored Granger 32-9 in the second and third quarters combined. Kylee Mabry, Callie Tolman and Hannah Loveland all reached double-figure scoring in the opener.
Another team that won by double digits with the help of late adjustments was Syracuse (1-0), which beat Bonneville by 16 last week. The Titans trailed by six at halftime, led by one going into the fourth quarter and outscored the Lakers 22-7 in the final frame. Baylee Sanders shot 7 of 9 from 2-point range and had seven steals.
For a young team to watch an early double-digit lead against Woods Cross evaporate, but still have the nerve to hold on says volumes. The Lancers (1-0) don't get any breaks their next three games: Pleasant Grove, Farmington and Bingham all on the road.
Roy beat Ogden for the 10th time in the last 11 games via Tuesday's 49-46 win.
Morgan improved to 6-0 against Box Elder since 2008 with a 13-point win over the Bees last week.
Fremont shot the lights out in a 22-point road win at Riverton last week, going 14 for 20 from inside the arc and 13 of 31 from 3-point range. FHS has a tricky home game Tuesday with Ridgeline and a measuring-stick game at home with Skyridge on Wednesday.
Four players scored 15-plus points for the Lancers (1-0) in a big win over American Fork. Layton can bring out the measuring stick again when it faces a revamped Olympus team Tuesday that still figures to be in 5A's upper echelon.
3. Woods Cross
Tuesday's 11-point win at Syracuse was probably the kind of start WX (1-0) wanted. The Wildcats get a big test with Skyridge, one of the early 6A favorites, this week.
A 15-point road win over a loaded Bountiful team should give Davis (1-0) all the confidence in the world, especially when the Darts got 40 combined points from Dylan Perreoud and Spencer Vernon, who combined for 50 points all of last year.
If Farmington (1-0) is going to get games from sophomore Collin Chandler () like it did in the 20-point win over East, then the Phoenix is going to be a tougher out than many thought. FHS has a Region 1 foray this week with Syracuse at home, followed by Northridge and Weber on the road.
Bountiful is 0-2 against two really good 6A teams, Davis and Jordan. BHS has exclusively difficult games the rest of the non-region schedule.
Box Elder beat what's supposed to be a very good Green Canyon team by 12 on the road. That fact is made more impressive given that GC's student section has given it one of the most intimidating home atmospheres in the state.