Byline: Josh Loftin
The Wasatch Academy girls basketball team opened their season with a heartbreaking loss to private-school rival Layton Christian Academy in Mt. Pleasnt on Friday night.
The Lady Tigers dug themselves a deep hole early, as LCA scored the first 10 points of the game and led by as much as 15 points. The half ended with LCA leading 33–22, but the Tigers had started to show signs of life.
The second half proved much different for Wasatch Academy, as the girls fought on every possession, at both ends of the court. Slowly, steadily, the lead slipped into single digits … then seven points … then, as they started the final quarter, five points.
Throughout the fourth quarter, the Tigers hung within four points but could never push it to a one-possession game. LCA eventually closed out the final two minutes with a 10–2 run and notched the 54–42 victory.
Despite the loss, the game showcased the type of team the Lady Tigers will field this year. They aren’t deep, with only eight players total, but they have endurance. They also have tenacity, which kept them in the game but also led to LCA shooting 28 more free throws than the Tigers. Offensively, they don’t have a star but they do have balance — their leading scorer, Kysha Barbell, had 12 points, but six of their eight players scored from the field.