PCHS girls’ basketball: Young Miners show grit in loss to rival
January 31, 2012
Down two key members of its already thin rotation, the Park City High School girls’ basketball team had a game plan going into Friday’s road showdown with rival Wasatch.
As head coach Sam White explained, "We wanted to slow it down and stretch it out."
The Miners defense was able to put a chokehold on the same Wasatch team that beat them by 32 points on Jan. 6 but ultimately could not muster up enough offense and were beaten 34-23 by the Wasps.
White said senior point guard Alondra Santana missed the game with an illness and freshman guard Hanna Shluker was out of town, so the Miners were left with five active varsity players for a majority of the game.
He said junior guard Maya Mukai played arguably her best game for Park City manning the point guard position.
"Maya did a great job, stepped up and had a great game," White said. "She did the things we asked her to do.
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"That was huge for us to have two players out and still hang with Wasatch like that. I was really proud of the whole team for stepping up."
Junior forward Carson Lyman led Park City with eight points, while sophomore center Sabrina Prior had six. Freshman guards Megan Lee (five points) and Hannah Hyatt (four points) rounded out the scoring for the Miners.
White said while his team dropped to 3-10 on the season, the poise of a very young team playing in tight games is a positive for the future of the program. The Miners trailed by only four points with four minutes to go, but just couldn’t sink their jump shots against the Wasatch defense.
"I thought we did a great job of making them play our game," White said. "We just tried to slow it down and keep it close."
With its core talent intact for 2012 and beyond, Park City’s struggles this season could very well translate over in the win column into 2013 and beyond.
"It’s going to be a good couple years," White said. "These girls are getting used to playing at the varsity level. We’re just trying to get them used to varsity, used to what happens when you play good teams a couple times each season. The next couple of years will become natural for them."