Girls lose two games
Many might say that Park City’s Lauren Deane has the ability to take over a game on the hardwood, but no one was expecting her to have to actually do it.
It happened Friday night against Wasatch, when her supporting cast fouled out of a game that went into double overtime. Starting guard Lacey Jones fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, followed by Ali Tingey and Allie Winkelman in overtime.
Deane suddenly found herself doing all of the ball handling. She managed to have a strong 21 point night, but the Miners finally lost 46-43.
"We put the ball in Lauren’s hands," said Park City assistant coach Matt Mapstone. "She had to do everything."
Actually, Deane was not alone. The Miners were put in much of their bench into the game, including Jessie Pitcher, Aubrey Warner, Whitney Bailey and Angela Edwards, who took the golden opportunity to prove themselves and made the most of it.
"They put up huge minutes and really shouldered the load," Mapstone said. "We had to put them out there and now they know they can play, which is huge."
The game was a rebound from Tuesday’s game against undefeated Morgan. Park City came out strong on defense in an effort to stop Morgan’s scoring attack. Unfortunately, a focus on the inside left the outside open for Morgan to hit a number of three-point shots, that, combined with a rough second quarter where the Trojans outscored the Miners 19-2, put Park City in an irrepairable deficit and a 65-41 loss.
Against Wasatch, the girls were able to play more consistently in what Mapstone called a "battle of wills." Both teams were neck-in-neck the entire game. At the end of the fourth quarter, Nicole Bishop hit two free throws to send the game into overtime. Then Laurel Christensen did the same to send it into a second overtime.
"It was really exciting," Mapstone said.
Mapstone said that despite two straight losses in region play, the girls are still feeling confident.
They’ll need it.
This week, they are scheduled to play Uintah on Tuesday and then welcome bitter rival Judge on Friday night. Mapstone says that the girls’ effective play thus far has changed their approach to the Judge game.
Rather than demanding that the girls win to remain afloat in Region 10, they are expecting them to win. According to Mapstone, the team has proven their effectiveness against the tougher teams in the league and getting back into the win column should be no problem.
"We’re just a possession short of winning these games," Mapstone said.
The Miners host the Judge Bulldogs this Friday at 7 p.m. in the Park City High School gymnasium.
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