deane makes instant impact for Park City
Christmas came a little early for next year’s Park City High School girls basketball team.
Lauren Deane, sister of prep hoops phenom, Daniel, and daughter of former University of Utah basketball player, Greg, say she will bring her hardwood legacy back to Park City.
"It’s a basketball family," said Park City assistant coach Matt Mapstone. "Her brother is one of the best to ever play basketball in the state. It’s that confidence."
But with basketball season months away, the Park City coaches were still able to get a little preview. Serving as coaches for a community-based team, they were able to see how well Deane would blend with some of the other local hoopsters at the Salt Lake County-run Spring Fling high school basketball tournament held at Olympus High School in Salt Lake on Tuesday.
"She makes us better immediately," said Matt Mapstone. "She’s confident and basketball savvy."
Mapstone says he is particularly eager to see how Deane will blend with 6-foot 3-inch Nicole Bishop, who is still nursing an injured ankle from the basketball season.
"We could be scary with those two in the middle," Mapstone said.
The girls had a successful tournament beating Olympus in the first game by two points, 32-30. In the next game they beat Hillcrest by one, 28-27, in a last second play by Aundrea Hargroder who stole the ball and hit Kim Mackaben for the layup.
Next year’s senior leaders Laurel Christen and Allie Winkelman also played well for the Park City team.
The Miners team will play in another tournament in May and will hold two team camps in the summer.
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