PCHS girls’ basketball: Miners roll past Grantsville
December 2, 2011
Sam White described Park City’s 46-41 road win at Grantsville Tuesday night as "a street fight."
"It was very brutal, very physical; both teams were just battling," said White, the head coach of the Park City girls’ basketball team. "I was very proud of our girls. In the past, we’ve kind of backed down to teams that were very physical and very tough, and to play to (Grantsville’s) same aggressive level and come out with a win is great."
After scoring 18 points in Park City’s 44-25 win over Waterford on Nov. 22, junior forward Carson Lyman had another stellar game, this time pouring in a game-high 20 points against the Cowgirls. Park City freshmen Hannah Hyatt (eight points) and Megan Lee (six points) also contributed offensively, while junior Annie Orr chipped in seven points.
White said the Miners were able to jump out to a quick 11-2 lead, but Grantsville battled back and was able to stay within striking distance until the fourth-quarter clock hit zeroes.
"It was a one-point or two-point game the rest of the way," he said. "It was a lot closer than we wanted it to be."
Hyatt’s aggressiveness has been instrumental in Park City’s good start, White said, and she was able to carry over an impressive fourth-quarter performance against Waterford into Tuesday night’s game against Grantsville.
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"She was pressing them the whole game," he said.
Along with Hyatt, Orr and senior guard Alondra Santana were key contributors defensively in trapping the Cowgirls. White said "all three were ruthless" in the full-court press.
As for Lyman, White said his junior forward put in a tremendous amount of work in the offseason, which has helped her to such a quick start and he expects her to get even better as the season wears on.
"She’s doing great," he said. "Over the summer we gave her some stuff to work on and she was also shooting a lot over the summer. She came back this fall really determined. Obviously, she still has plenty to go, but she’s definitely exceeded our expectations so far."
White said the Miners have gotten off to such a hot start because of the team’s defensive tenacity.
"We’re winning games because we’re taking a lot more shots than the other team," he said. "It’s coming from their aggressive side on defense. We’re just limiting the other team’s possessions."
"We’re getting to the point where we’re making great shots," he said. "The offense is coming along. We’re deeper this year at every position and we have a person at every position who can score."
White said he is the team’s "defensive coordinator," while assistant Tracey Kasel is "offensive coordinator" and that he is more than pleased with the results of that arrangement early on this season.
ALA 61, Park City 43
The Miners fell to 2-1 Thursday night in Utah County as they lost their first game of the season 61-43 to the American Leadership Academy Eagles. Park City was led by junior Carson Lyman, who had a team-high 20 points and freshman Hannah Hyatt who chipped in 11 points. Eagles’ guard Dalila Rodriquez scored a game-high 30 points, including four 3-pointers. Next up for the Miners is a trip to West High School on Tuesday, Dec. 6.