Miners have rough return from break
January 3, 2007
It’s out with the old and in with new.
At least that what’s Park City head basketball coach Steve Crandall is hoping for.
His team closed out 2006 with a frustrating 56-37 loss to Logan on Friday afternoon, where the Miners seemed both tired and frustrated.
"They were pretty flat," Crandall said." Maybe it’s the break. We took a couple more shots than usual, but didn’t make any."
Whether it was the holiday layoff or just a glitch in the season, The Miners will need to rebound quickly. They only have one game against intra-county rival South Summit before they begin their regular season schedule.
The Miners did have only one practice before the game against the Grizzlies, but Crandall said that the girls had more energy their first day back after a weeklong break.
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"They were OK," Crandall said "They were relaxed."
Although Crandall chalks up the loss to fatigue, he is a bit worried about the girls’ attitude as they head into Region 10 competition.
"They’ve lost several close ones,"" he said.
The Miners have spent the preseason trying to find their new groove switching from last year’s guard-dominated play to one of the tallest lineups in the league and much of the team playing at different positions. That meant a number of games where the Miners came close but did not finish with the win, and two last week where they were just a point within winning.
In the Logan game, the Miners started out slowly, going down 19-9 in the first half and could never seem to find their game after that. Forward Lauren Deane turned in her usual double-digit performance, but only three other Miners got on the board, led by Ali Tingey with nine points. Crandall says that the team is doing everything the coaching staff is asking, but still can’t seem to close out games.
"They do all the things we want them to do and then they don’t win," Crandall says.
Hopefully they can figure it out before they host Union on Friday to open the regular season. Crandall thinks it is simply a matter of focus and confidence, but hopes that a week’s worth of regular practice can help them take that gigantic step into winning.
"We need to hunker down to go to the next step," Crandall said.
Park City will host the Union Cougars on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.