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South Jordan • Davis had already seen a double-digit lead disappear Tuesday night, so when a second sizable advantage was whittled to one, there was very little panic.
The Darts calmly made free throws down the stretch and withstood Bingham's furious late rally for a 52-49 road victory.
"We came out hard and we played as a team," said Davis guard Sarah Beecher, who made seven free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points. "We did what we were supposed to do. Our goal was to come out and play hard. Play basketball."
The Darts' youth was a contributor in letting the Miners (0-1) back in the game twice in the second half, the second time in the final minute.
Davis, with just one senior Beecher on its roster, saw an 11-point lead whittled to one in the final three minutes as it turned the ball over multiple times against the pressing Miners. But McKenzie Day made two free throws with 8.5 seconds left and the Miners failed to get a shot off in their final possession.
"It's huge because Bingham is so good," Davis coach Anne Jones said. "We knew coming in it would be tough. We are young and we don't know who we are, really. I'm so proud of these guys. I asked them if they were playing to win or playing not to lose, and I think they responded so well."
In the third quarter, Davis turned the ball over four times in a five-possession stretch of the third quarter and Bingham wiped out an 11-point deficit to take a 30-29 lead. But the Darts responded by attacking the rim and getting to the free-throw line. Davis made 20 of 24 attempts; Bingham made just five trips to the line.
That's because the Miners settled for jump shots against the Darts' zone defense. Guard Madison Loftus scored a game-high 19 points and made five 3-pointers, but far too few shots found their target for the rest of the Miners, who played their first game under longtime assistant-turned-head coach Charron Mason.
"We got a little nervous but we came together and said we had to play as hard as we did in the first half," said Beecher, who also had five steals. "When we got down, we picked our heads up and played hard."
Kayley Neilson scored 17 points for Davis and Day had nine points and nine rebounds.
Girls' basketball Davis 52, Bingham 49
O The Darts let an 11-point lead slip away in the third quarter, then nearly do the same in the final three minutes, but hold on for their first victory.
• Bingham won its first 23 games last year before a loss in the state semifinals.
• Kayley Neilson has 17 points and Sarah Beecher scores 15 points for Davis.