After winning a national championship and seven state championships in 12 years, Lone Peak High School has become the premiere program in Utah, but when Quincy Lewis, the architect of program’s success, left to accept an assistant coaching position at BYU, the Knights faced a difficult transition.
Fortunately for Lone Peak, new head coach David Evans knew just what to do – dominate.
He made a memorable debut as the Knights rolled to a 76-38 win over Layton, the defending 5A champions.
“Overall I was very pleased with their effort,” Evans said. “I was a little nervous tonight but everyone has been so supportive. I just feel blessed to be part of this.”
Frank Jackson, the 6-3, senior guard, who committed to Duke, led the Knights with 28 points.
He connected on 9-of-19 shots from the field and knocked down four 3-pointers. He also pulled down 10 rebounds and passed out three assists.
“Frank had some sensational moves tonight but the biggest thing was he became a great teammate,” Evans said. “He passed the ball, he had 10 rebounds and that’s something that we asked him to do this year was to get at least 10 rebounds a game. Tonight he led by example with what he did on the floor.”
Lone Peak set the tone for the game but jumping out to an 18-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Knights pushed the lead to 23 points early in the second quarter and by the half they were up 49-17. Any thoughts Layton had of mounting a comeback ended in the third quarter when the Lancers were outscored 24-14.
It was simply a dominating performance, especially on the defensive end where Lone Peak held Layton to 26 percent shooting from the field.
“Layton is a really physical team and they play hard, we tried come out and meet their intensity,” Evans said. “We didn’t shoot the ball as well as I would have liked but we rebounded pretty well and our team defense was as good as I could have hoped for, especially for the first game.”
The Knights will now turn their focus to Viewmont on Friday.
The Vikings are the team that upset Lone Peak in the quarterfinals of last year’s state tournament.
Viewmont is off to a 2-0 start.
Lone Peak (78)
Chantry Ross 3, Chase Pollard 8, Clayton Wilson 2, Frank Jackson 28, Nate Harkness 16, Steven Ashworth 9, Talmage Gunter 3, Tyson Doman 4. 3-point field goals: 10 (Jackson 4, Ashworth 3, Harkness 2, Ross).
Ben Bailey 1, Blake Hansen 4, Boston Armistead 3, Brooks Kokkola 2, Chandler Obrey 14, Danllin Watts 5, Kairen Clayton 3, Kendrick Kemp 6. 3-point Field goals: 2 (Hansen, Armistead)