It’s possible that Layton may have surprised visiting Viewmont by employing a zone against the Vikings girls’ basketball team. But what really caught the Vikes off guard is how well Layton shot against its own zone.
Scorching the nets for seven 3-pointers in the first half, the host Lancers opened up a 21-point gap that held up to the tune of a 58-38 Region 1 victory Friday night.
In a 25-3 run, after giving up the first basket of the game, Layton (13-2, 5-1) bombed away with accuracy in the opening period.
The Lancers connected on seven of their 10 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc in the first two quarters.
“That’s 70 percent. Who are you gonna beat? I don’t care who you’re playing,” Viewmont coach Clint Straatman said. “You could play the worst team in the state. If they shoot 70 percent from the 3-point line to start the game, you’re gonna be behind the eight ball.”
There the Vikings found themselves very quickly. When senior Cassidy Anderson drained her second three with 2:10 left in the first, the margin went to double digits with the score 16-5.
In fairly short order, Viewmont (8-7, 2-4) abandoned its zone for a man-to-man. Layton though quickly found 6-1 senior post Jaden Anderson for consecutive inside buckets as the margin grew to 17 points.
After a Viewmont free throw, Sunnie Martinez swished another three before the opening quarter was over to give the Lancers a 25-6 lead.
“We knew they had two main scorers (Katie Toole and Caitlyn Larsen) and we had to stop them,” said Cassidy Anderson, who finished with 13 points. “Offensively, we always have the green light to shoot. Maybe not the first pass, but we always have the green light.”
“We were just doing kind of a matchup [zone] where we could keep track of their best shooters,” Layton coach Van Price said. “I was hoping we kind of caught them off guard. They had seen us play a lot of man. We’re a man team predominantly, but I’d seen them get some losses against some zone teams.”
Layton was led by Jaden Anderson’s 16 points and seven rebounds while Taylor Moore added 12 points — all on 3-pointers — in the first half. Toole scored 15 points for the Vikings while Larsen added 10.
A year ago, Viewmont was in Region 2 and won that region before losing in the first round of the state tournament to Fremont. Now Viewmont is in the same region with Fremont and Layton, which was the Class 5A runner-up in 2013.
“It’s a different level of competition. A year ago, we were in an easier region, but we weren’t ready when it came to state,” Straatman said. “Layton and Fremont are two of the best teams in the state, if not one and two, and we’re still adjusting.”
Girls’ basketball Layton 58, Viewmont 38
O Layton drills 7 of its 10 3-point shots in the first half, taking a 21-point lead.
• Lancers senior guard Taylor Moore sinks 4 of her 5 long-range shots in the first half.
• Layton doesn’t score for the first 3:35 of the fourth quarter, but Viewmont only cuts the lead down to 15.