PCHS girls’ basketball: Park City throws a lasso on the Cowgirls
November 30, 2012
Down five points at halftime, the Park City High School girls’ basketball team listened to its coaching staff as the game-plan suddenly changed.
When the Miners hosted 3A Grantsville Tuesday night, the home team started the first half hot, but the Cowgirls started even hotter, so the coaching staff decided to turn up the heat defensively.
Implementing a trap/press defense, Park City’s suffocating effort on the defensive end turned the tide quickly. Only one minute and 30 seconds into the third quarter, the Miners were suddenly up seven points after the press forced several Grantsville turnovers.
In the end, the Miners outscored the Cowgirls 34-14 in the second half thanks to an outstanding defensive effort and continued hot scoring at the rim, to overwhelm Grantsville 63-48.
"It was just so unselfish," said Park City head coach Sam White.
The Miners had four players in double figures and scored 30 more points Tuesday night than in their season-opening loss to Spanish Fork on Nov. 20. Senior forward Carson Lyman led the way with 15 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and four assists and acted like a safety in football during the Miners’ overpowering press in the second half, White said.
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"She was just reading passes," he said. "It was fun to see. It was really fun to see."
Junior center Sabrina Prior scored 12 points, while sophomore guard Hanna Shluker and freshman guard Madeline Kosimar each poured in 11. Freshman guard Marina Mayo scored eight points, senior guard Maya Mukai scored six, and senior Katarina Mountz scored two.
"Every player was looking for the extra pass," White said. "We started off super hot and the girls were coming down and knocking down shots. It’s great to finally see. We’ve worked a lot on shooting in practice. They felt comfortable."
Park City scored 30 field goals in the win and attempted only one 3-point shot, which translated into many high-percentage shots at the rim, White said.
"Obviously if you have one girl who can score a lot of points, other teams are going to know that," he said. "That’s when you play the match-ups in the game and go with who is hot. We were just trying to pound it inside."
White said his freshmen duo of Kosimar and Mayo, with a combined 19 points in the win, played superbly.
"It’s great to see our freshmen chipping in like that," he said.
The Miners (1-1) have a few days off before their next game at 4A Murray on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and White said he’s excited to introduce more versatility into Park City’s evolving game.
"There was a great buzz in the locker room after the game," he said. "Now we have four days to get ready for Murray and to continue to build and get better. You can’t peak here or plateau here. We’ll use the momentum."