Slow start too much for Lady Bobcats

Smithfield, Utah — It was a rough night for the Sky View High girl’s basketball team as it fell to Weber High 58-42 Thursday night. Senior guard Dannika Webb led the Bobcats with nine points, but a sluggish start proved too much to overcome.

“I’d like to see her look for her shot more,” head coach Kimber Hall said. “She’s a good team leader. I need more out of her.”

The Lady Warriors built an 8-0 advantage in the first two and a half minutes, and the lead grew to 12 after back-to-back baskets from senior Chantil Martin. Martin had seven of her game-high 19 points in the first quarter.

The Lady Bobcats got off to a fast start in the second quarter, and pulled within six on a layup from junior Maddie Day. Sky View struggled to control the ball throughout the game, and turnovers allowed Weber to answer. With five minutes remaining in the half, the Warriors led 23-14 after a 3-pointer from senior Kristine Broome.

The Warriors held 10 point edge at halftime.

Hall said the Bobcats didn’t execute on offense.

“We came out sluggish,” Hall said. “We threw the ball away a lot. We didn’t run our offense. We tried to throw passes through people.”

In a turnover filled game, the second half saw the Bobcats pull within six on several occasions, only to see a pass sail out of bounds or into the hands of defenders. It only got worse for Sky View, as frustrations grew so did the foul count.

Junior Tara Goldman, Sky View’s leading scorer, was limited to only two points on the night and fouled out with about four minutes remaining in the game. From there the Warriors extended the lead from the free throw line, hitting 16 of their 23 attempts.

With the loss, the Lady Bobcats dropped to 8-3 on the year while the Lady Warriors improved to 9-2. Up Next for Sky View is a showdown with cross-town rival Logan High on Wednesday Jan 11. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 PM.

“We’ll be ready to play Logan,” Hall said. “We’ll be ready for them.”