Kaysville • Davis guard Morgan Hartvigsen is thin and wiry, and her silhouette against the light hardwood floor of the gym is not imposing. But that doesn't stop the senior from asserting her will in a game filled with physicality.
Led by Hartvigsen's tenacious 16-point effort, the Darts girls' basketball team earned a 46-41 victory over Brighton on Saturday in a bruising matchup of two physical teams.
"It's always physical against every team, but we can handle it," Hartvigsen said. "We like playing physical."
After leading for much of the game, the Darts (6-4) allowed the Bengals to tie the game early in the fourth. But a 7-0 run from the Darts bought them enough cushion to withstand the Bengals' attack.
The Darts missed five free throws down the stretch that could have sealed the game earlier after making 14 of their first 16 from the charity stripe but their defense was able to force outside shots, which the Bengals were unable to make often enough to climb back into the game.
It was the fourth win in a row for Davis, which Hartvigsen said is ready for its tough Region 1 schedule to begin shortly after school resumes following the holiday break.
"It shows we're a competitor at state," Hartvigsen said. "We're doing good and improving. It's a little hard [over the holiday], but you've got to focus so you don't lose anything over the break and keep improving."
Davis coach Anne Jones said the Darts have had to work on their toughness this season. By now, the team has gotten to the point where it can dictate the physicality, as it did Saturday against the Bengals, rather than yielding to opponents.
"When we're aggressive, we play better ball," Jones said.
Maddy Chin had 14 points for the Bengals (6-3), who had their three-game winning streak snapped.