After an opening-night, 57-48 loss to 4A Hillcrest, the Park City High School girls' basketball team knew exactly what it needed to work on in order to make sure results like that didn't become routine.
On Wednesday night at PCHS, the Miners improved their shooting percentage and free-throw shooting en route to a 51-33 drubbing of Tooele.
"I loved playing that first game because it really showed what we needed to work on," Park City coach Sam White said. "Foul shots were one of those things and shooting percentage was another. We obviously still have a lot we need to work on, but we'll tackle those two things and continue making them a better part of our game."
The Miners were led by a balanced offensive attack, with eight different players finding the score sheet.
Sabrina Prior had a great all-around game, leading Park City with 11 points and 20 rebounds. She also had four blocks and four steals.
"It was a very quiet 11 points and 20 boards," White said. "I didn't realize it until I looked at the stat sheet. I thought she had like four points and two rebounds. And she's been battling an illness. She's sick and dead-tired."
Mireia Labadie and Marina Mayo each had nine points for the Miners. Hanna Shluker finished with seven points, Rachel Brothers with six, Sariah Folau with four, Madeline Komisar with three and Jessica Perry with two.
White, who would often substitute four players at a time on Wednesday night, said that's exactly the sort of point distribution he wants to see all season.
"I'm really pleased with our subs," he said. "They really stepped up. Lirio Sanchez came in and did a good job, Rachel Brothers came in and had six points, Madeline is back and didn't skip a beat just everyone. It was a true team effort. And there wasn't a drop-off. We had basically a line change [when substituting] and our production didn't stop."
White was also pleased with the way the Miners stepped up their game from beyond the arc.
"We got lucky that we had an extra day of practice this week," he said, as snow delayed the game by one day. "I felt ready after Monday's practice, but [Tuesday] we spent a lot of time on shooting. We really emphasized that the three-point shot has got to be a part of our game. And then Hanna hit one, Marina hit one or two, Lirio took one, Mireia hit one I think they realize those are big shots."
And whenever the Miners needed a big shot on the night, they gave the ball to Mayo. When Tooele closed the gap to 10 points at the end of the third quarter, Mayo hit a two. When the Buffaloes again closed the gap to 10 late in the fourth quarter, Mayo knocked down a three-pointer to stop the run.
"She had a couple daggers," White said.
The Miners will be back in action at Provo Saturday, followed by a rivalry game at Wasatch on Tuesday night. White said the team needs to stay focused in practice so that results similar to Wednesday night continue to pile up.
"The girls are definitely buying in," he said. "They're seeing that if they work hard, good things happen. We've got to keep preaching that we have to practice at game speed. Right now, we're clanking a lot off the backboard because we're going fast [in games]. We've got to go at that speed in practice. Morgan and Juan Diego can score 80 points in a game and they do it by not leaving points on the board. We've got to do a good job of finishing and we've got to keep battling. But I love what these girls are doing so far they're fun to watch."
The Miners will return home on Tuesday, Dec. 17, when they'll take on Juab at 7 p.m.