We started off a little slow, but I think we got going, especially with running the ball. They were pressing, so we had a few turnovers, which caused us to get down, but we kept our heads up and kept going. —Kemery Martin
LAYTON — So far, so good for the Corner Canyon Chargers’ girls basketball team.
The Chargers defeated Layton on Tuesday night, 73-57 — led by hustle play and players that made the extra pass. With the win, Corner Canyon improved its record to 8-1 on the season, looking to improve on last season’s winning record.
After the first quarter, the Chargers led the Lancers 17-15, then held Layton without a made basket until 4 minutes and 30 seconds in the second quarter.
“We started off a little slow, but I think we got going, especially with running the ball. They were pressing, so we had a few turnovers, which caused us to get down, but we kept our heads up and kept going,” Martin said.
Corner Canyon would break the Layton press as the game went on, with the key being “having patience with the ball and looking for the better option,” Martin said.
Looking for the better option would become a theme for the Chargers, with Corner Canyon making the extra pass to find open teammates.
“That’s one of the things that we’re trying to focus on right now — sharing the ball a little bit more, moving the ball a little bit better and then moving ourselves. So, we move the ball, and then we move, and when we those things well, it’s going to be really hard to beat us. We’re still working on perfecting that, but that’s something that we know that we got to execute a lot better,” Corner Canyon head coach Jeramy Acker said.
After entering the halftime break up 31-24, the Chargers again came out firing to start the third quarter, beginning the period on a 10-2 run.
“Halftime, we always try as a coaching staff to talk through some things that we can look at on the defensive side and on the offensive side, and we try and focus on goals. Everything is goal-oriented for us. We want to come into the game with a goal, and sometimes we’ve got to change the goals,” Acker said. “They (Layton) were doing a really good job in the first half, they were playing tough. Coach Price, he gets his girls to play hard, so we had to adjust a little bit because they have that championship pedigree, they know what it’s about, and he’s done it before. We just made a few little tweaks on the defensive side and the offensive side, gave our girls some goals and expectations, and they went out and executed a little bit better.”
With five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Layton cut the Charger lead to 10 points, but Corner Canyon responded with two steals that led to two straight buckets by Nicole Critchfield. Next, Martin would add a 3-pointer, and Vaifanua would follow with an and-one to put the game out of reach.
“I think just sharing the ball and having confidence with each other, getting those buckets and having fun playing,” Martin said of the win.