Cold shooting night hurts PCHS girls’ basketball team
Sometimes in basketball, every shot a team takes seems to go in no matter where players are shooting from. Sometimes the exact opposite happens, and even easy layup attempts clang off the rim.
The latter happened to the Park City High School girls’ basketball team on Tuesday night at PCHS. In the Miners’ Region 10 opener against the Tooele Buffaloes, nothing was falling for the home team.
Trailing 20-10 after the first quarter and 33-21 at halftime, the Miners couldn’t shake their shooting slump in the second half as Tooele maintained a big lead en route to a 57-41 victory. Park City Coach Sam White said the shot quality was there for Park City, but the results weren’t.
"We’ve been working so hard on our transition game and our offense to get layups and to get to the free-throw line," he said. "It’s really frustrating when you get layups and no one makes them and you get to the line and no one makes free throws. At that point, what do you do? It was definitely a frustrating night from a shooting standpoint."
Senior Madeline Komisar led Park City with 19 points. Seniors Marina Mayo and Rachel Brothers added 10 and seven points, respectively. Junior Montana Landis chipped in with three points and senior Martina Hebert had two in the loss.
Park City’s problems were amplified on Tuesday due to injuries to a couple of key guards. Freshman Lois Garlow is recovering from a concussion and junior Jessica Perry is rehabbing a major knee injury. White said those absences dramatically changed the Miners’ rotations.
"It’s difficult," he said. "It changes things. Everybody on our team can play — there’s no doubt about that. We just have to change our scheme a little bit now and do some things differently that will hopefully play to our strengths with different personnel. Everyone can play — it’s just putting the right people in the right spots."
Defensively, White was pleased with the intensity the Miners displayed against Tooele. He credited Komisar and Mayo for creating several turnovers.
"Marina and Madeline are leading 3A in steals — Marina first and Madeline second," he said. "When they play together and to that half-court trap, they’re dangerous. They have the quickest hands, I’d say, in 3A. Sadly, we just couldn’t finish on a lot of those turnovers."
When shots aren’t falling, especially for players who are playing more minutes than normal, White said confidence drops quickly.
"There were some new faces and new minutes," he said. "And, when shots aren’t going in, it stalls everything."
Moving forward, White said the Miners aren’t panicking. They’ll work to clean things up before their next Region 10 games — Friday at Union (after this issue went to press) and Jan. 19 against Stansbury.
"We’re going to spend some time at practice working on free throws and layups, that’s for sure," he said. "But it’s just one game and we get another shot at Tooele at their place, so I’m excited for that. We’ve got film on Union and we’re ready to move on and try to tackle that. It’s never fun going down to Union, so we’re going to have to change our style a little bit to do some things we want to do against them. All is not lost. It’s one game and we’re ready to keep battling."
Park City (7-3 overall, 0-1 in Region 10) will host Stansbury on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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The Miners ended up on the wrong side of a close game on senior night but are still fighting for playoff seeding.