Deane dominates over former team
Last year at this time, Lauren Deane was coming off the bench for Judge Memorial Catholic High School’s girls basketball team.
Friday night, she came alive, drilling her former team with a career high 34 points as the starting power forward for Park City High School.
"I didn’t play at all at Judge," Deane said. "I had to prove I could play and show them what they missed for two years."
And show them she did. Her 34 points set a new school scoring record and accounted for much of the Miners’ decisive 57-47 win over the Bulldogs.
"I wanted to do what my team needed me to do," Deane said. "I wanted to play defense, play offense. Whatever it took to win, I was going to do it."
Deane wasn’t the only Miner that stepped up against their biggest rival. Guard Lacey Jones added 15 points and six points to keep Judge at bay.
Despite the fact that the Bulldogs came in as the top team in Region 10, the Miners set the tone early. The Bulldogs scored to open the game and then stayed relatively quiet for the remainder of the quarter as the Miners added 11 points. In the second, the Miners continued their scoring spree, going up 19-4 just two minutes into the quarter. Then the Bulldogs’ Mikelle Mancini began hitting shots from the outside, including three three-pointers, to help the Bulldogs claw their way back to tie the score at 28-28 to end the half.
At half, the Miners’ coaching staff rallied the team.
"We told them to pay attention a little better," Park City head coach Steve Crandall said. "They worked too hard in the first half to give it away."
Park City focused on Mancini in the third quarter, containing her outside attack to just two more three-pointers and holding her to 17 points.
"She played effectively. She’s amazing," admitted Deane. "Once we stopped her, she didn’t start again."
They also managed to stop the rest of the Judge team in the process, almost mirroring the first quarter and outscoring the Bulldogs 11-5. A big key to the Miners’ defense was exploiting the size mismatch. Judge has no players over six feet, while Park City barely has any players under that mark. Knowing that Judge wins on their speed and athleticism, Crandall’s plan focused heavily on dominating with size.
"We focused on that," Crandall said. "They are too quick for us. Our two centers, Nicole [Bishop] and Laurel [Christensen] played well. They were keeping the ball out of their hands."
the fourth quarter, Judge was fighting just to stay in the game. A mix of frustration and efforts to stop the game put the Miners on the line for much of the quarter. The Bulldogs’ bench and Judge head coach, Jeremy Chatterton both received two technical fouls a piece, helping Deane to amass a fair amount of her 34 total points at the foul line. Park City continued to pile on the points and the Bulldogs were never able to recover, losing 57-47.
The win not only gives Park City bragging rights over their nemesis, but also their first win in three games. With the second half of Region 10 play starting this week, Crandall said this was a must-win for the Miners.
"Without this game, it’s a tough climb to the playoffs," Crandall said. "We needed this."
The Miners head to Union this Friday to face the Cougars at 7 p.m.
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