Hoops headed for the postseason
February 12, 2008
Playing the tough Judge Memorial Bulldogs may not have been exactly the way the Miners wanted to finish the regular season, but it was a burden they were willing to live with as both teams knew that they were headed to the postseason the next week.
The Park City boys lost to the Bulldogs 60-40 on Friday, following the typical script of most teams playing against the region powerhouse, where six-foot eight-inch Judge center Noel Hollingsworth tends to dominate the game.
"It wasn’t that close," Park City coach Jim Boyce said. "We were never really in it."
Without anyone big enough to stop the formidable Hollingsworth, he went on to score a game-leading 21 points. Judge’s Stallon Saldivar was close behind with 18 points.
"Our tallest guy is six-foot three-feet," Boyce pointed out.
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Ryan Papez led Park City with 13 points, followed by Brett Miller with 12 points. Park City wasn’t helped by a poor shooting night in general.
"They were disconnected," Boyce said.
The Miners are hoping to bounce back quickly with their first playoff game slated for Friday against Bear River. Boyce said that he doesn’t think the loss against Judge hurt his team at all before the postseason. In fact, he thinks stiffer competition prepares them for the tough challenges the state tournament brings.
Bear River is a more guard-driven team that shoots from the perimeter, Boyce said. They may not have the size of Judge, but Boyce say that their top players score in the 15-to-20 point range.
Boyce said that the boys are excited to be in the tournament after a long hiatus from the postseason.
The Miners will play Bear River in Tremonton at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Things were a little closer for the Park City girls, who lost to Judge 37-30 on Friday. The Miners came as close as 31-30 with just two minutes left in the game, but failed to make crucial shots.
"If we had gotten the lead, you never know," Park City head coach Matt Mapstone said.
After losing by a large margin when the Miners played at Judge a few weeks ago, the final home game was still a success despite the loss.
"As coaches, we made adjustments and the kids followed through," Mapstone said.
In the second quarter, Park City would not allow the Bulldogs to force them into a man-to-man defense when they were only down five points and continued to play well the rest of the game.
"I was pleased with our effort and composure," Mapstone said.
Park City’s Lauren Deane led the Miners with 16 points. Center Nicole Bishop contributed another 10 points. The girls will now move on to play former region rival Morgan in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday at 7 p.m. Even though the Miners no longer play the Trojans on a regular basis, Park City head coach Matt Mapstone is confident that the girls can hold their own.
"It’s a one-game season now," Mapstone said.
Morgan is comparable to Judge with a focus on two main players, perimeter shooting and getting shots off of rebounds.
"Its something we’ve dealt with before," Mapstone said.