Cougars claw past PCHS girls’ basketball
At one point in the girls’ basketball game between Park City High School and Union on Tuesday night, the Miners led the Cougars 24-17.
That lead didn’t last long, though, as Union quickly went on a dominant 22-0 run to take a 39-24 lead. The Cougars cruised from then on, winning the game 62-43.
Park City Coach Sam White said the Miners stopped doing what makes them successful on offense and allowed Union to control the game.
"It was a great start, an amazing start," he said. "Unfortunately, it was not a great ending. We stopped scoring. We were impatient on offense and stopped looking for the best shot. We had a lot of turnovers and were rushing things. Unfortunately, [Union was] able to keep their consistent pace and chip away at that lead and score pretty much every time down."
In the third quarter, White said he was starting to get frustrated with some overly physical play.
"It was getting physical," he said. "If [the referees] are letting it go both ways, that’s fine and I’m all about that. But there were some points where there were some unsafe plays and every time somebody was in the air, it seemed like you could call a football spear — people were taking legs out. That’s where I have a little bit more of a problem, but we’ve got to get tougher."
Junior Jessica Perry, despite continuing to play with a bulky knee brace after tearing her ACL earlier this season, led the Miners with 20 points. She made four three-pointers, dished out three assists and snagged three steals, too. White said he and the other coaches need to be careful with how they manage Perry’s minutes in blowout games.
"We’ve told her she’s not allowed to go into the paint and to stay away from contact," he said. "Her inner competitor, unfortunately and fortunately, comes out and she wants to do as much as she can. While we appreciate the competitiveness and her drive and fire, when we’re down a certain number, we’ve got to be smart and she’s got to know she’s in there to chuck up some threes and not get herself hurt."
Senior Rachel Brothers scored eight points and had eight rebounds, senior Madison Komisar added seven points, eight rebounds and five steals, freshman Lois Garlow had five points, five rebounds and three steals and senior Marina Mayo had three points, six assists and six steals.
Park City is now 9-6 overall and 2-4 in Region 10 play. The Miners have two games left in region, which White said are must-wins.
"We’ve got to get Stansbury and we’ve got to get Grantsville," he said. "We’ll go to Stansbury and that’ll be another battle. Hopefully we can get away with that one."
Then, he said, the Miners will try to avenge a narrow road loss earlier this year against Grantsville.
"For Grantsville, the girls are just upset," he said. "It’s senior night and they’ve got a chip on their shoulder. I don’t think we’ll have to fire them up for that one."
Park City’s final home game of the season is against Grantsville and scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
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After starting the year 0-3, the Miners are rolling. They’ve won their last three games, including Friday’s blowout over a region foe.