Class 5A girls' basketball: Surprising star carries Layton over West Jordan
Taylorsville • Layton post player Courtnee Wood picked a big stage to play the best basketball game of her life.
The 6-foot senior posted 14-point, bookend halves on her way to a career high 28 points Tuesday as Layton bounced West Jordan from the Class 5A girls' basketball tournament with a 66-42 win.
"When I look back at the game, it didn't feel like I took a lot of shots," said Wood. "Most of those points came off rebounds or putbacks, and it's the first game I've never wanted to come out because I was having so much fun.
The performance was remarkable considering Wood entered the game with a 6.5 points per game output, and a career high of 17 set in January against Weber. Layton coach Vance Price said he was encouraged by the senior who normally dominates with her presence.
"We need that kind of game from her, especially when we get later into the tournament and come up on those grind-it-out games where it could go either way," said Price.
While the Layton offense looked to be in high gear throughout the game, West Jordan was plagued by cold shooting in the first half. Although the Jags couldn't make a significant dent in the deficit, fans did get to see the lone senior, Annie Oliver lead the team with 12 points.
"Right now it sucks," said Oliver. "I felt like the program improved every year and I'm just glad I got to play with these girls who will take Jags basketball even higher."
A 19-2 Layton squad advances to Thursday's quarterfinals, where it will play 18-4 Riverton.
Layton 66, West Jordan 42
• Layton post player Courtnee Wood picks the perfect time to erupt for a career-high 28 points.
• The Jaguars' lone senior, Annie Oliver, leads her team with 12 points.