Miners win in County battle
It may have been a battle to get to Kamas on Tuesday as the Miners girls basketball squad battled a snow storm just to make it a the few short miles through Brown’s Canyon, but once on the court, Park City dominated. The team wrapped up their preseason tour of Summit County, beating the South Summit Wildcats, 58-42.
The Miners scored early and often, jumping to an 18-6 lead in the first half. halftime, the score had nearly doubled, as Park City led by 22 points going into the half. "We came out and played pretty well in the first half,’ said Miners head coach Steve Crandall. Much of the offensive production was due in part to the contributions of senior scorers Carissa Fine who had 14 points, including two three-pointers and Kim MacKaben who added 12. Point guard and shooting guard Liz Bailey finished with 13 points. "She’s our leading scorer from last year and probably our top guard," Crandall said. South Summit was able to answer to back in the second half, outscoring the Miners in both quarters, but it was too little, too late to dig themselves out of the first half deficit. Crandall said that the hot shooting night of his team wasn’t the only factor in the win. The Miners also debuted a new press as part of their defensive scheme. Crandall said that they had been perfecting it in practice for a while, but Tuesday’s game was the first time they had used it in a game situation. "We played great defense," Crandall said. The win against the Wildcats, moves the Miners to 2-1 in preseason play, a trend that Crandall hopes to build on. He knew that he had strong seniors and a crop of talented freshmen coming into the season, but he has been very pleased to see them come together. "We’ve got a few older girls and a few younger. You’re never sure how the chemistry will work. I’ve seen them progress each game and that’s a positive sign," Crandall said. The Miners hope to continue their winning ways as they face three different competitors this weekend at the Lady Bear Classic hosted by Bear River High School.
The Miners beat Riverton x-x on Thursday, and were scheduled to take on Roy Friday afternoon. They will face Weber on Saturday at 6:15 p.m.
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