To add to the drama of the game, it was also senior night for the Miners. The team celebrated the careers of several seniors, all of whom have made very valuable contributions to the team.
The Miners had played Judge earlier in the season and had lost by 14 points. However, they did not let this bring them down and were determined to make the end result much differently this time around.
The game started perfectly for the Miners as their defense proved to be very tough. In the first quarter, the Miners gave up only 8 points while scoring 11, giving them a three-point lead.
However, the second quarter was not quite as productive for the Miners, and their defense gave up more points than they had hoped. The Bulldogs outscored the Miners 14-7 and, going into halftime, Judge had a slight lead over Park City, 22-18.
The Miners knew they had to make a statement in the third quarter, and that is exactly what they did. The Miners' defense shut down the Bulldogs, allowing only six points in the quarter, while again scoring 11. Going into the fourth quarter, the Miners now had a 29-28 lead.
The fourth quarter began with Judge going on a run, but the Miners kept up with the Bulldogs. With only one minute left, Judge had a slim lead. But the Miners hit a shot to tie the game with 53 seconds left. Park City then played tough defense, got the ball back, ran down the floor and scored to take the lead with only 22 seconds left.
Judge tried to take the ball down the court but turned it over and was forced to foul Carson Lyman with 18 seconds left. Fortunately for the Miners, Lyman hit both of the free throws.
However, Judge didn't give up and made a big shot with seven seconds left to come within one point at 43-42. With possession going to the Miners, the Bulldogs were again forced to foul and Carson Lyman was again sent to the charity stripe. Lyman came up big again, hitting both shots to seal the game and a huge win for Park City.
"We stepped up big time and executed well," said head coach Sam White. "We turned the ball over, but the girls didn't let that get to them. Carson came up big with the free throws at the end. We were also able to contain Kailie Quinn, who is one of the best scorers in the state."
This game was a huge win for the Miners and a great end to the regular season. All of the girls played an amazing game; however, the standout was Carson Lyman. She scored 25 points and was a key reason the Miners were victorious.
"She is the hardest-working person I've met," said White. "She never gives up and nothing gets to her. I couldn't be more proud of her."
The 5-12 Miners were scheduled to face the Uintah Utes in a Region 10 play-in game Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Duchesne High School (after this issue went to press), with the winner earning a place in the state 3A playoffs.