Prep girls' basketball • Layton improved to 9-3 with the win.
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North Ogden • The game was in hand for the Layton girls' basketball team as Weber inbounded the ball with 2 seconds left. Still, Livia Treseder gathered the Lancer defense, imploring her teammates to finish the game hard.
It didn't matter that Layton had an insurmountable lead. Treseder and the Lancers wanted to finish their 51-43 win over the Warriors in the right fashion Tuesday night.
"I always try to talk and get our defense up," Treseder said. "That's what I was trying to focus on."
The Lancers focused their defensive preparation on Warriors leading scorer Erin Reichle. Though Reichle, one of the top scorers in the state, had 22 points, nearly all of her shots were guarded. Maddi Smith drew the task of guarding Reichle, and her tight defense allowed the Lancers to shut down the rest of the Warriors.
"We wouldn't have been able to do it without Maddi," Treseder said. "She played way tough defense the whole time. We were saying before in the locker room that if they were going to beat us, they were going to beat us with other players [than Reichle]."
That defensive mindset allowed the Lancers to open a lead early in the game. Layton (9-3) held the Warriors to seven points in the first quarter before the Lancers found their offensive rhythm in the second quarter to build an eight-point lead they maintained for the rest of the game.
Treseder led the charge on the offensive end. Her 15 points were a team high as she exploited a size mismatch in the post for a handful of layups.
"I haven't gone off like that in the preseason," Treseder said. "It felt good to come out and do it in a region game. I took what they gave me."
That Layton's win in the opening game of region play came against Weber (7-4), a longtime region power that was the Class 5A runner-up last season, encouraged the Lancers.
"It's awesome to win on their home court," Treseder said. "It feels good to take it to them."