Sabrina Prior takes a close-range jump shot on Tuesday night at PCHS. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record
Sabrina Prior takes a close-range jump shot on Tuesday night at PCHS. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record

Before most of the fans had settled into the Park City High School gym on Tuesday evening, the Miners girls' basketball team found itself trailing Morgan 25-0.

Park City would score only two points in the first frame, while the visiting Trojans put 30 on the scoreboard.

The Park City defense would eventually come around, allowing only 13 points in the second quarter and 10 points in the third, but the offense never materialized in the 76-26 loss.

"They were good," PCHS coach Sam White said. "When you're going to play the No. 1 team in the state, you'd better play the game of your life, and we didn't do that."

The second quarter was the lone bright spot of the loss, with Park City and Morgan battling to 13 points each.

"Our offense was really moving the ball [in the second], taking care of the ball," White said. "We were getting it in to Sabrina [Prior] and she was kicking it back out. I thought we did a pretty good job."

Tuesday night was the last home game for Park City's three seniors Prior, Holly Huggins and Sariah Folau. White said he wishes the result had been a little bit different for one of the best classes he's ever coached.

"It's definitely a tough game to send them out on," he said. "I thought all three seniors came out and played well. Those three have been the three best leaders I've coached in my six years. It's going to be tough to lose them."

But, he added, with a strong junior class coming up next year, he expects new leaders to emerge.

"Marina Mayo [a sophomore] is turning out to be a very good leader," he said. "With that added to a strong junior core, the future looks bright, as long as that leadership emerges."

Now the Miners' focus will shift to qualifying for the playoffs. With a 1-6 Region 10 record (4-13 overall), Park City sits in a tie for the last playoff spot with Uintah.

The Miners played at Uintah on Friday (after this issue went to press). White said that if Park City managed to sneak into the playoffs, he liked his team's chances in the opening round.

"I think we match up with that region (Region 12) better than others," he said. "If we can beat Uintah, there's no reason we can't give North Sanpete a game."