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More than height stands in Miners’ way

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

It was more than lack of height that stood in the way of the Park City girls’ basketball team as they lost 51-30 to Salem Hills at home on Dec. 29. The Miners just couldn’t get the ball in the hoop.

"We were just so far off it wasn’t even funny," coach Sam White said. "Offensively I was very frustrated. We were getting the shots and just air ball, air ball, air ball."

White said last year the Miners lost to Salem Hills in overtime, so he expected it to be a closer game. But at halftime the Miners had only four points on the board. He said he couldn’t explain why the girls struggled.

"This was our home gym. The girls were warmed up most of them played JV," he said. "The shooting was just off. I don’t know what it was."

White said after the Miners began missing shots, they became timid and were afraid to try. They tried going to the middle to make closer shots, but the Salem Hills defense effectively blocked them out.

"We weren’t helping at all by staying so close together," he said. "At half time, we told them we need to spread out. In the first half, they were too clumped together. They did a much better job (after half). We had 26 points in the second half. If we would have matched in the first half, we would have been even with them."

He said it was difficult to play at home when the majority of the crowd in the gym was from Salem Hills and the only noise came from the Salem Hills cheerleaders.

"That made it tough. We’d like to see some of our cheerleaders," he said. "We had some of our parents there, not many students though, but it (was) Christmas break. It’s never as packed as the boys’ game."

Despite the struggling offense, White said it was the best defensive game the Miners have played all year. The Miners played a 2-3 zone that he said has been working better for the team in the last couple of games.

"Our defense was keeping us in it," he said. "We figured out that we could be really physical and aggressive. We want everyone to be aggressive, feel like they can be a contributing scorer. The only thing we can do is keep giving them chances."

Guard Laurel Kasel led the team with 16 points, including 7 from free throws. Forward Carson Lyman had 6 points.

The Miners will travel to Kamas to play the South Summit Wildcats on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.


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