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Bulldogs tough to muzzle

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

With multiple scoring threats all over the floor, the Judge Memorial Bulldogs are a tough team to defend. The test seemed to be too much for the Park City girls’ basketball team as they lost 59-27 on Friday at home.

Even in defeat, the Miners did have some strong moments. If they could have maintained the power and composure they had in the first quarter, they might have had a chance against the high-octane offense of Judge. In the first play of the game, Park City’s Laurel Kasl was able to intercept a pass intended for Judge’s top scorer, Tina Fakahafua.

"It was really good," Kasl said. "In the first quarter we came out strong and played really well."

Although Fakahafua went on to score a team-high 17 points, the Miners were able to hold below her average.

"We knew we had to try to shut her down," Kasl said.

Unfortunately, after that, turnovers seemed to take over as far as the Miners were concerned. Park City scored only two points in the second quarter and 15 more in the second half.

"We did everything we could to stop them, but after the first quarter, we just broke down," said Park City head coach Sam White.

"We gave the ball away when we shouldn’t have and didn’t have as many opportunities to score," Kasl said.

Kasl led the Miners with 12 points. Only two other Miners, Jessie Pitcher and Carina Crosby, were able to score for Park City.

"It really comes down to the turnovers," Kasl said. "If we limit them, then we’ll have a better chance."

Rather than keep their heads down, though, the Miners are determined to turn things around. They have a game scheduled against Waterford on Wednesday night and Kasl said she is determined to help the team get its first win of the season.

"I’m positive we’ll start winning soon," Kasl said.

The Miners will face Waterford on the road at 7 p.m.