The top-ranked Davis Darts did their part to have their undefeated season come to an end Tuesday night, but fourth-ranked Skyline couldn't handle the challenge.
The Darts failed to make a basket in the first 11 minutes of the game, but used a strong second half to pull away for a 49-40 Region 2 victory over the Eagles.The win improved Davis to 15-0 overall and 5-0 in region play, while Skyline fell to 12-3 and 4-1.
Recording more turnovers than points in the first quarter, the Darts found themselves with just three points on the board before Amy Fonnesbeck hit a 10-foot jumper with five minutes left in the second quarter. The Eagles, however, had only scored 14 points to that time and missed a number of opportunities for a bigger lead.
"We didn't go inside enough and that could have been the knockout punch," Skyline head coach Deb Bennett said. "Their press gave us some problems and they got right back into it."
Indeed. After Fonnesbeck's bucket, the Darts went to a full-court press and cut their deficit to just 19-17 at halftime as Skyline failed to make a basket in the second quarter.
"We felt real flat at the beginning of the game . . . I may have held off too long going to the press," Davis head coach Chimane Creer said. "A press gets us in the momentum and gets us going."
Wendy Dale and Megan Jensen kept the momentum going for Davis in the third quarter. Dale scored six points on layins and Jensen added five, including a 3-pointer, as the Darts built a 32-25 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Skyline cut the lead to 34-28 with 6:30 left to play on a 3-pointer by Kelly Duckworth, but any Eagle hopes of a rally went down with the fall of senior Janna Whitman. The leading scorer for Skyline suffered a deep calf cramp with six minutes left and did not return.
Two more 3-pointers by the BYU-bound Jensen, who finished with a game-high 20 points, gave Davis its biggest lead of the game at 47-31, before the Eagles closed with a mild run.
Dale followed Jensen with 12 points for the Darts, while Duckworth and Karen Butler each scored 11 points for Skyline.
In other action around the state:
Bonneville 48, Layton 42: Lisa Tomlinson led the Lakers to a road win with 18 points against the Lancers.
Fremont 49, Roy 32: Amber Russell's 19 points were enough to help the Silver Wolves dismantle the Royals who had only one player reach double figures.
Clearfield 31, Weber 30: Despite not scoring a point in the fourth quarter, the Falcons sneaked away with an one point win. Clearfield's Heather Johnson scored 14 while Weber's Beth Virgin also tallied 14.
Davis 49, Skyline 40: The Darts remained perfect on the season with a win that pushed their record to 15-0 and 5-0 in region play.
Viewmont 58, Cottonwood 26: The Vikings crushed the Colts by holding them to single-digit scoring in every quarter. Kristel Whitten scored a game-high 14 points.
Hunter 54, Granger 40: Shellie Belka played tough inside with eight rebounds to complement her 19 points. The Wolverines stingy defense held the Lancers to 19 points through three quarters.
Bingham 58, Kearns 51: The Miners overcame 23 points from the Cougar's Rachel Nielsen for a win at home.
Taylorsville 69, Copper Hills 46: The Warriors cruised past the first year Grizzlies after a 31-12 first half.
Alta 45, Jordan 33: The Beatdigger's two first-quarter points put them in a hole they could never climb out of against the Hawks. Tara Walton led the way with 15 Alta points.
Moutain Crest 40, Ben Lomond 25: Despite scoring four points in the game's opening period, the Mustangs ran over the Scots.
Box Elder 53, Logan 52: Shandee Nelson hit a three-pointer as time expired to steal a win for the Bees who out-scored the Grizzlies 16-8 in the final period. Nelson recorded 19 points for the game while Melissa Braegger contributed 13 points and 13 boards.
Ogden 55, Sky View 53: The Tigers managed a road victory against the tough Bobcats. Brooke Marcheschi scored a game-high 19 for Ogden.
Granite 46, West 39: The Farmers experienced their first region victory of the season behind a 14-6 fourth quarter. Kristina Kokonis scored 18 for Granite while Natalie Glick pulled down 10 rebounds.
Cyprus 65, Judge 47: Pirate Katrena Ellett out-scored Bulldog Jenny Sticinski 21-17 to help Cyprus to a road win.
East 53, Murray 38: The Leopards surged to a 17-6 first-quarter lead and played even the rest of the way, downing the Spartans. Prep of the week Charlotte Norman recorded 17 points for East.
Olympus 68, Woods Cross 50: Ashley Miller Paced the Titans with 20 points. Olympus ran its region record to 11-1 while the Wildcats fell to 4-9.
Provo 45, Springville 29: The Bulldogs won, keeping them within striking distance of Timpview for the region championship. Jamie Marrot and Lori Red combined for 27 Provo points.
Payson 62, Spanish Fork 39: The Lions routed the Dons as Tiffany Massey Melissa Trevort and Tina McNaughton combined for 45 points.
Timpview 60, Pleasant Grove 58: Heidi Sorenson scored 24 points, nearly all from in the key to hold the Thunderbirds edge the Vikings. Timpview has the inside track to the region title with three games remaining.
Cedar City 62, Pine View 46: Janelle Romney scored 30 points, collected 16 boards, blocked six shots and tallied three steals helping the Redmen down the Panthers. Cedar's region record now stands at 5-0.
Hurricane 51, Dixie 48: Amberlee Demille hit a trey with 17 seconds left to put the Tigers ahead of the Flyers and then added two free throws to ice the game. Hurricane's Michon Hepworth led all scorers with 21 points.
Carbon 66, Richfield 42: Alli Gressmen passed for 12 assists while Corrine Cartwright scored 22 to help the Dinosaurs down the Wildcats.
South Sevier 60, Parowan 51: Haylee Jo Nielson scored 21 points while Nan Roberts added 12 and nine rebounds to lead the Rams to a home-court victory.
Gunnison 53, Grantsville 48: A 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter pushed the Bulldogs past the Cowboys.
Monument Valley 66, Wendover 40: The Cougars advanced past the Wildcats in a 1A playoff contest. Monument played its way into the 16-team tournament and will travel to Delta today to face Region 16 champion Rich.
Union 72, Moffat City 64: Jamie Arive's 22 points and Jenny Werry's 18 were enough to lead Union past its out-of-state foe. Jenni Nielson contributed 10 assists.
Wasatch 64, Emery 60: The Wasps managed a 13-point fourth-quarter rally capped by Heather Broadhead's trey to force an extra period. In overtime, Wasatch hit 10 of 12 free throws to secure the win. Broadhead scored 19 for the game and Carie Summerhays added 17.