Here’s what Fremont did in the first full week of region games, both of which were on the road: wins by 18 and 28. It’s the Silver Wolves’s (10-1, 3-0 Region 1) defense that sets them apart from everyone else. They allow 41.8 points per game and haven’t allowed more than 10 first-quarter points in three games.
Layton (9-2, 2-1 Region 1) won both its region games last week, a close game against Syracuse and an 11-pointer over Clearfield where the Lancers had to come back from a halftime deficit. Likewise, their defense allows just 41.4 points per game.
3. Box Elder
The Bees (7-4) flattened Mountain Crest in their only game last week, one where Emily Isaacson put up 25 points, 18 rebounds and four assists. Box Elder opens region play at home this Friday against a young, but well-coached Farmington team.
Open up the textbook, search for ‘The best way to open region play,’ and if the Lakers (7-4, 1-0 Region 11) 41-17 thumping over last season’s region runner-up Tooele isn’t in there, then it should be.
Now that Syracuse (8-3, 1-1 Region 1) has graduated to region games, we got to see whether the sparkling non-region start was indicative of things to come. And after going 1-1 last week in region play including a two-point loss to Layton, it looks like the Titans might be legit playoff contenders.
Dropped out: Davis (7-5)
1. Woods Cross
Without a doubt, the Wildcats have been the most surprising team around here... unless you ask the coaches, who will likely say that they knew Woods Cross would be tough. Right now they’re 8-2 overall, and the latest exploits were wins over good Skyridge and Green Canyon teams. At this point, Jeff Jorgensen’s the front runner for coach of the year and WX is rolling into Region 5.
The Braves have arrived at Region 5 play with a 7-6 record and the trio of Camron Chism (19.1 points per game), Rob Whaley (16.3) and Brig Willard (15.1) proving to be hard to stop. Bountiful has a tendency to rack up fouls, something that needs to be addressed if the Braves want to make a run at region.
The Region 1 title still goes through Plain City, no matter the chatter elsewhere. Fremont (7-4, 1-0 Region 1) said as much when it thumped Davis in the region opener on Friday.
After an obvious setback, the Darts (6-6, 0-1 Region 1) now know what they have to do to take out the region champs next time. For now, two games await this week at Weber and at home to Syracuse.
5. Layton Christian
LCA didn’t play last week. The Eagles open region play Tuesday at Utah Military Academy, whom they beat by an AVERAGE of 84.5 points last year in two games.