Park City has trouble handling Ravens
When the Miners boys’ basketball team saw that Waterford was next up on their Region 10 schedule, they knew they had a tall order.
Waterford boasts one of the tallest players in Utah high school sports with Reid Monsen measuring in at an imposing six feet and 10 inches.
With that in mind, Park City came into Tuesday’s game with a mindset to try and score around the imposing Monsen. The plan worked for a while until the Miners’ shots stopped falling in the fourth quarter and Waterford pulled away for the 54-43 win.
In his place was one of his former athletes, assistant Andrew Terry, along with fellow coaches Geoff Walker and Caleb Fine.
"Our plan was to limit them," said Park City assistant coach Andrew Terry, who was serving as head coach in Jim Boyce’s absence. "I don’t think we did that to our full potential."
The Ravens took the early lead in the first quarter, using their physical presence inside to go up 5-0 in the opening minutes. But the Miners soon got their legs underneath them and finished out the quarter trailing just 13-9. The pattern repeated in the second quarter with the Ravens getting the early points before the Miners started scoring to put the score at 24-16 at the half.
Things changed in the third, though. After struggling through a cold-shooting third quarter against Judge on Friday, the Miners looked to have made a turnaround, matching the Ravens shot-for-shot in the third quarter. Brian Schettler starting the scoring for Park City, hitting the first two shots of the quarter en route to scoring a team-high 19 points. With three minutes left in the quarter, Park City had cut the lead to just one point at 28-27, before a series of two-point baskets and foul shots allowed Waterford to finish the quarter at 35-27.
Park City needed a strong fourth quarter to get back into the game. The Miners scored 16 points but struggled to get a lot of their shots to fall. Meanwhile, steady scoring and a number of appearances at the charity stripe gave Waterford the easy victory.
"Our region is so good you can’t pick which quarter you want to play," Terry said. "We have to be 100 percent all the time."
Terry lamented the Miners’ shooting woes in the fourth, saying that they have trouble shooting well on the road.
"We’re telling them to shoot with confidence," he said.
He also noted that the Miners seemed scared to challenge Monsen in the middle and settled for a lot of outside shoots that didn’t always fall.
"I don’t think we went inside enough and Waterford knew it," he said.
Waterford dominated the boards on both ends with Monsen’s ability to grab the ball right next to the net.
"We told all of them to get to the boards, but sometimes it’s just not enough," Terry said. "We didn’t quite do that. They got a lot of second-chance boards."
The team has been trying to focus on playing a relaxed and confident style. Having faced two of the region’s toughest competitors already, Terry is hoping that the anxiety has dissipated and the Miners can see that they can play with these teams.
"We’re running out of time," he said. "Every game is important."
The Miners continue region play with a game against Union on the road on Friday, Jan. 16, and will play another road game vs. Uintah on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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