Girls fall to mighty Trojans
Prep players beware. Park City’s Nicole Bishop is young, tall and improving drastically every game.
On Tuesday night, in a disappointing 49-45 loss to the Morgan Trojans, Bishop served as one of the lone bright spots, contributing a game-topping 21 points.
"I guess I got my groove back," said the six-foot five-inch center.
What was missing for the Miners was the rest of the team on offense. Forward Lauren Deane, the team’s standout player in almost every category, had a season-low three points, and the rest of the team failed to score into the double digits.
The Trojans, who lead Region 10 at 5-2 and have an overall record of 15-2, quickly jumped out to an early lead, finishing with a score of 26-15 in the first half. The Miners came back in the second half, in large part to Bishop’s effort, but it still wasn’t enough. The Miners were 7 for 17 on the night, with most of the missed shots coming in the first half. Park City head coach Steve Crandall figured that without Bishop on the stat sheet, Park City’s shooting percentage would have been around 10 percent.
"We were open a lot, but we didn’t make our shots. That was the biggest problem," Crandall said.
Crandall got good results from Laurel Christensen, though, who scored nine points and contributed heavily to the Miners’ defense.
"She was playing so big and tough tonight," Crandall said. "She’s been a big part of our defense."
Crandall was happy with the team’s overall effort on defense and says that the team just needs to make more open shots in the remaining regular season games.
"I was disappointed in the outcome, not in how they played the game," Crandall said. "They did everything we asked them to do, shots just need to start falling."
As for Deane, Crandall isn’t worried about one bad night among a string of 20-plus finishes, and was still pleased with her defense.
"She just had an off night, but the other girls played well," Crandall said. "She had a lot of shots, she was probably trying a little too hard and she was feeling like she was letting the team down."
Besides having an off night, Deane’s reputation around the region earns her plenty of defensive attention. Bishop says that when teams double- and triple-team Deane, it takes twice and three times as much effort to have big games.
"She’s an awesome player," Bishop said.
Both Bishop and Deane will need to come together in the final three games of the season to secure a spot in the playoff picture. Bishop was already planning for another big night in the post against the inside shooting offense of Wasatch.
"It’s my house and I’m going to have to take them out," Bishop said.
The Miners have their final home game scheduled with Wasatch on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Park City High School gym and then hit the road to meet Uintah on Tuesday and Judge on Friday.
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