Miner girls’ basketball dropped by Juan Diego
Senior Night has been a tough test for the Park City High School girls’ basketball team the past couple years.
Last year, Park City had to face Morgan, one of the top teams in 3A. On Tuesday night, the Miners squared off against Juan Diego, a favorite to win the 3A state title this year, eventually losing 69-41.
For Park City’s three seniors — Hanna Shluker, Lexi Fulton and Lirio Sanchez — the game marked the last time they’ll take the court at PCHS. But, despite the loss, Park City Coach Sam White said he was really happy with how the trio of seniors played.
"Lirio, Lexi and Hanna showed up to play and that was great to see," he said. "The energy was there from start to finish. I told them the day before they were going to basically have to beg me to come out of the game. I subbed them out for a minute here and there to get some water, but other than that, they played the whole game."
Shluker finished with eight points and five rebounds, Fulton had two points and 10 rebounds and Sanchez added nine points, three boards, three assists and two steals.
"Lirio was making some unbelievable passes and that was fun to see," White said.
Madeline Komisar turned in a double-double on Tuesday, scoring 10 points and bringing down 10 boards. Jessica Perry added 10 points and Marina Mayo had two.
White added that he’s extremely grateful to have been able to coach the three seniors for the entirety of their Park City careers.
"These three have been super loyal to the program," he said. "I was working with Hanna and Lexi as seventh graders and they’ve showed up every day and made the most of it. They were willing to do whatever it took for the team and they were great examples for the younger girls."
But the season isn’t over yet — Park City has a playoff play-in game on Tuesday night against Uintah, with the winner earning the No. 3 seed in Region 10 and the loser getting eliminated.
Park City is 1-1 against Uintah this season. The Miners earned a narrow 41-40 victory over the Utes at home on Jan. 13, but were handily defeated by the Utes at Uintah 59-32 on Jan. 30.
White said the Miners can’t be too reliant on the perimeter game this time around.
"We definitely need to play more inside this time," he said. "We settled for way too many jump shots last time and didn’t really get to the basket. We let them score way more than they usually do. We’ve worked a lot on rebounding and a lot on defense since then, though."
Making things more difficult for the Miners this time around is the fact that they’ll be without two of their top scorers — Shluker and Mayo — who will be traveling during the weeklong break from school.
"That will make things a lot more interesting," White said. "Some players will have to step up. Madeline is coming off a 10-point, 10-rebound game. She’s been stepping up and she’ll have to continue to step up. Hopefully Lirio and Lexi can give us some of that senior push, too."
The Miners will focus on slowing things down, too. A short bench means the Miners will have to catch their breath when they can.
"We’re going to need to make up that 15 points a game [provided by Shluker and Mayo] and we’re going to need to slow the game way down so we can save our energy," White said. "We’re not going to get into a shootout with Uintah. It’ll need to be a game that’ll end with both teams scoring between 30 and 40 points."
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