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Basketball teams start strong

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

Despite a losing preseason record, the Park City High School girls’ basketball team is now 1-0 in Region standings. The girls defeated American Leadership Academy 51-48 at home on Jan. 12.

Winning the first Region game is a confidence-booster for the team and coach Sam White said he thinks the girls can hold onto that attitude.

"We’re finally scoring on offense," he said. "And everybody really stepped it up on defense. Everyone contributed and that was the key."

White said the girls kept a lead for most of the game and were up by 10 points going into the fourth quarter. And although they let ALA get close, he said they didn’t give up.

Guard Laurel Kasel led the team with 30 points and forward Carson Lyman had her second 16-point game in a row. Guard Bailey Tibbitts played the last three minutes of the game with a broken ankle and will be out for a couple weeks.

It was also a good night for the boys’ basketball team which defeated ALA 56-42.

"It was nice to win and go 1-0 in Region," boys’ coach Caleb Fine said. "I thought we played a very good first quarter."

Fine said the boys struggled later in the game with execution but were able to hold onto the lead in the end.

"I think we were looking ahead to Wasatch a little bit and we’re going to have to learn that you can’t do that," he said.

Forward Brian Schettler led the team with 19 points and guard Jon Schettler had 15. Guard Sam Sisk had 10 rebounds.

The Miners hosted Wasatch on Friday, Jan. 15, with the girls’ team playing at 5:15 p.m. and the boys’ team playing at 7 p.m. Results were not available at press time. White said it was a Region decision to have both teams play on the same night and that will continue through the rest of the year.

The Miners will host Carbon on Jan. 19 with the boys’ team playing at 5:15 p.m and the girls’ team playing at 7 p.m. White said he hopes the crowd attending the boys’ game will stick around to watch the girls play. He said he was grateful to the pep band and cheerleaders for performing during the girls’ game against ALA and creating "extra noise and extra energy."


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