Region 1 Girls 2022-2023 basketball preview

Region 1 Girls 2022-2023 basketball preview

by James Tate

Roy Royals included with this preview

Davis Darts

The Davis Darts looks to claim the region title after finishing second last year with an overall record of 19-4. The team lost in the quarterfinals of the playoffs to the Westlake Thunder in 2022. The Darts’ return junior Kendra Kitchen, last year’s second-leading scorer with 11.3 points per game average. Kitchen also led the Darts in rebounding with 8.1 rebounds per game average. Kitchen is an excellent free throw shooter making 81% of her free throws as a sophomore.

Aryann Bull and Kate Richards got varsity time last season,” said head coach Anne Jones. “But will be relied on heavily this year to step up.” “We worked hard in the off-season on our fundamentals, strength, conditioning, and overall team play.” “It’s fun to get to know the new and younger players and see the improvement they’ve made since last

“Our players have put the time in on the court, weight room, and the gym.” “Our goals are to get better each day and develop team chemistry, fight and compete every day in practice,” said Jones. “And then hopefully show what we are made of come game time.
Experience may not be a strong point this year, but the newcomers will be ready for the challenge.

Other players to watch for the Darts are freshmen Chloe Peery and T’Maea Eteuati and junior Olivia Lifferth.

Weber Warriors

The Weber Warriors look to rebound with a strong 2023 season after finishing sixth in the region last year. The Warriors return leading scorer Katelynn Butler who averaged 8.3 points per game in 2021. Other returners are Allie Clark and Abby Sayer to lead the Warriors this season.

“Our goal this year is to continue to build on what we have been doing these last two years,” said head coach Clayton Jackson. “As a program and to take that next step as a team.” “We want to be known as the hardest-working team in the state,” said Jackson. “Known for playing great team basketball and defense.”

Jackson’s coaching philosophy is helping his players reach their full potential as athletes, students, and most importantly people. “The skills that they learn in a gym should always go beyond the court,” said Jackson. “Life skills such as working hard, learning from mistakes, winning humbly, and losing graciously will help them in the rest of their lives, even after a season or career ends.”

Jackson’s coaching approach comes from a statement from legendary coach John Wooden, “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

Clearfield Falcons

The Lady Falcons had a rough season in 2021 with an 0-21 record. But the newcomers have shown lots of promise to head coach J.T. Soter. Soter’s coaching philosophy is to apply pressure defense, make the offense uncomfortable, and push the pace on offense.  “Teach the girls to play well together,” said Soter. “And make good basketball decisions.”

The Lady Falcons will return one starter in senior Haylie Robbins. Robbins averages 4.3 points per game and a team-leading 1.6 steals per game. “We will rely on a lot of sophomores and freshmen this year.” Said Soter. “We expect to be in every game though.” Other players to watch for the Lady Falcons are senior Brooklyn Hawks, freshman Izzy Wyaskett and
Amoree Scholer.

“Our goal is to win the rebound battle, shoot 70% from the free throw line,” said Soter. “And keep our opponents under 40 points.  If we do that, our general goal is to host a playoff game.”

Layton Lancers

The Layton Lancer girls’ basketball team finished 9-14 overall last season and fifth in Region 1 play. The Lancers did have a playoff victory over the Cyprus Pirates last season before losing to eventual state champion the Lone Peak Knights.

Returning for the Lancers include last year’s team scoring leader junior Lauryn Hall who averaged 9.8 points per game. The teams leading rebounder senior Charly Stevens averaged 7.1 rebounds per game. And junior Avery Potter the team’s block leader. The Girls Lancer team is led by head coach Rob Reisbeck

Farmington Phoenix

The Phoenix finished with an even 11-11 record in 2021 and 6-6 in region play. The Phoenix returns a great group of experienced players including seniors Maddie Hauck, Courtney Christiansen, and Whitney Avei. A standout on the volleyball team, senior 6’2” Marissa Marchant will be a force on the basketball court for the Phoenix.

Senior Mele Feifia will be a key player for the Phoenix’s drive for the region championship.

Roy Royals

The Roy Royals girls’ basketball team finished last season sixth in region 2 with seven overall wins but had injuries to key seniors during the season. The Royals return several players that played key roles in stepping in for the injured players. Returning junior Nicole Williams led region 2 in rebounding with 9.8 rebounds per game. The Royals also return seniors Taylor Butterfield and Lilly Rosenberg, and juniors Masie Scholer and Sienna Bodily.

Sophomores Ellen Speredon, Jerzee Hart, and Bria Belnap are young players the Royals will count on to make a run for the region 2 titles.

Fremont Silverwolves

The 6A state runner-up Silverwolves will look to reload after an impressive 24-3 overall record in 2021-2022. The Silverwolves look to replace All-American players Timea Gardiner (Oregon St.) and Maggie Mendelson (Nebraska). Also signed to play college was Mia Austin with the College of Idaho.

The Silverwolves have been the dominant team in region 1 since 2017 by having a 64-0 region record. This could be the year we see another team challenge the three-time state-champion Silverwolves.

Senior point guard and captain Charli Hunt returns to lead the Silverwolves toward another successful season. Another returning senior captain Aly Coombs returns having played over 50 varsity games.

Syracuse Titans

The Syracuse Titans girls’ basketball team had a great season in 2021 and finished the season with an 18-6 overall record. Junior Avery Sanders returns after leading the Titans in assists last year with 3.5 per game.

“We are a pretty talented group with length and athleticism,” said head coach Braden Hamblin. “Hoping to use that to our advantage and learn to play together and play great defense.”

Other players to watch for the Titans are juniors Cortnie Barker, and Cami King, sophomore Ariah Hacker, and freshman Maylee Anderson.

photo courtesy James Tate of Davis Darts T’Maea Eteuati.

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