Kaysville • A little bit of defense went a long way Tuesday night as Layton won its Region 1 opener in convincing fashion, 49-17 at Davis.
The Lancers used their height advantage and the experience that comes with starting five seniors to jump out to a commanding 30-7 lead by halftime. The Darts went 0 for 4 from the field in the second quarter and managed just one point in the period.
Layton 49, Davis 17
» Jaden Anderson scores 18 points for the Lancers, who win their Region 1 opener on the road.
» The host Darts struggle to find rhythm on offense and fail to score a basket in the second quarter.
» The Lancers (9-1, 1-0) extended their winning streak to eight games.
"I think we played as a team on defense," Layton center Jaden Anderson said. "We helped off, and it wasn’t just one person. We helped as a team."
Anderson, at 6 foot 2, seemed to scare away any thoughts of dribble penetration by the Darts (4-7, 0-2), whose long possessions consisted of moving the ball around the perimeter and only occasionally included a pass to the paint.
"I think it all started with defense," Layton coach Van Price said. "We played really good man-to-man defense, good solid defense. They didn’t have an answer for it, I guess."
The Lancers (9-1, 1-0) had much different possessions — ones that included rapid ball movement and often ended with entry passes to Anderson, who scored a game-high 18 points.
"I thought it was really a standout game for her," Price said about his center. "She was active and really into it. She was just active all the way around."
Teammates Cassidy Anderson (8 points), Maddi Smith (6 points) and Hailey Bassett (6 points) knocked down jumpers when the center passed out of the post. Layton scored the first 14 points of the second quarter before Davis’ Kayley Neilson hit a free throw with 1 minute, 3 seconds left in the half.
The victory marks the seventh consecutive year in which the Lancers have won their region opener.
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