PCHS girls’ basketball: Park City stumbles against West
December 9, 2011
While he knew going into this season his team would have the potential to shut opponents down defensively, Sam White also knew the offense would have to evolve game-to-game.
In Tuesday’s 40-30 loss to 4A West High School in Salt Lake City, the Park City High School girls’ basketball team simply had trouble holding onto the ball. The Miners had 31 turnovers to the Panthers’ 20 and were outscored 17-4 in a troublesome second quarter en route to their second-straight loss.
"That second quarter just really killed us," said White, Park City’s head coach. "Any time you have that many turnovers, it’s huge."
The Miners (2-2) were led in scoring for the fourth-straight game by junior forward Carson Lyman, who scored a game-high 14 points and snagged a game-high 13 rebounds. Freshman Megan Lee had 10 points, while the trio of Maya Mukai, Hannah Hyatt and Sabrina Prior finished with two points apiece.
"We just need to score more," White said. "We’re not going to win anything if we score 30 points. Our mission is to hold teams under 45, and we did, but defensively we had a lag in the second quarter."
White said Prior, the team’s defensive linchpin in the post, got into foul trouble early and that allowed the Panthers to go on that second-quarter run, which eventually proved the difference although the Miners fought back in the second half.
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White added he was surprised to see Lyman, who stepped in for Prior in the middle, come down with 13 rebounds.
"When I watched the game in real time, I was often out of position and didn’t think she got 13 boards," he said, laughing. "But then I told her, ‘If you’re in it the right position, you’ll get 20 rebounds.’ She can really leap and get after the ball."
He said the Miners have four days of practice before their next game on Monday, Dec. 12, at 4A Hillcrest.
"One thing we’re going to focus on in practice is to make an easy pass," he said. "We need to keep our head up and look for the easy pass.
"We really have to get after it and keep the girls engaged and work on shooting. We’re still going to work on defense, obviously, and continue to bring the offense along."
As for the Huskies, White said he expects another difficult road game Monday night.
"They’re going to be similar to what we’ve been seeing as far as toughness," he said.