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Juan Diego too much for Miner girls

Marina Mayo lines up a free throw during a home game earlier this season. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record

The Juan Diego High School girls’ basketball team is one of the best in the state, and the Soaring Eagle proved that on Tuesday night against the Park City Miners.

Though the Miners battled hard through most of the first quarter, a late Juan Diego run saw the Soaring Eagle take a 17-8 lead after the first eight minutes. They’d eventually expand that into a 35-15 advantage at halftime en route to a 72-42 blowout win at Park City High School.

Park City was unable to slow down the Mills twins, Dominique and Monique, who had 20 and 13 points, respectively. Dominique also grabbed nine rebounds while Monique snagged six boards and had five steals.

"When you get those Mills twins running, they’re tough to stop," Park City coach Sam White said.

But, while the Mills twins definitely gave Park City problems, White points to a different area of the game that caused the most trouble for the Miners.

"Unfortunately, it was just turnovers tonight," he said. "I’d say they got 20 layups. We were breaking their press, but after that, we were making stupid mistakes and turning the ball over."

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And, when the offense did cross half court, White said his team was simply moving too slow.

"We’ve got to play to our strengths," he said. "Last year was our stall year. This year, we have so many athletes and we’re a much faster-paced team. Part of the problem tonight was we tried to slow down too much and we weren’t ready for that. That’s not really our style."

Despite the lopsided loss, White said he was happy with the effort his team showed.

"We didn’t fold that was the biggest thing," he said. "They were playing like it was the beginning of the game and playing like it was a one-point game. I was proud of them for not giving up and not folding."

And, he added, the Region 10 season is still young.

"Region’s not over it’s only one game," he said. "We get another shot at Juan Diego. We got blown out by Juan Diego in the first game last year and gave them a really good game the second time around. We’ll strategize a little better and we’ll work on some things and try to play to our strengths next time."

After three straight road games, beginning Friday at Union (after this issue went to press), the Miners will be back at home on Tuesday, Jan. 28, against Uintah. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at Park City High School.