Miner girls’ basketball falls to 5A squad
December 19, 2014
The Park City High School girls’ basketball team finally started playing the way Coach Sam White knows it can play on Tuesday night at home against 5A Pleasant Grove.
The Miners were running up and down the court, forcing turnovers and hitting big shots. However, against a bigger school that featured three players over six feet tall, Park City came up short on the scoreboard, losing the game 60-55.
Though the loss drops the team to 2-4 on the season, White said he was very encouraged by what he saw on Tuesday.
"That was a battle," he said. "We just told the girls, ‘Hey, we’re so proud of you guys. You never gave up.’ We were down 12 to 14 points and battled back to five to end it."
The positives definitely outweighed the negatives against Pleasant Grove, he added.
"We did a lot of good things and we finally started playing our game," he said. "That’s our style of game — fast-paced, shooting a lot of threes, gritty defense."
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The Miners did indeed shoot a lot of threes, knocking down nine on the night. Hanna Shluker, who led the team with 14 points, knocked down four threes. Jessica Perry, who also had 14 points, hit three threes. Marina Mayo had seven points and one three and Lirio Sanchez had 12 points and also hit a three. Rachel Brothers provided the Miners’ other seven points and went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Shluker also grabbed nine boards and four steals, Mayo had six assists and four steals and Perry contributed five assists and five rebounds.
White said the barrage of threes was more out of necessity than anything else.
"It’s hard when you have to go up against a 6’5" girl, a 6’3" girl and a 6’1" girl, but they really stepped up to the plate," he said. "We worked on it a lot. We gave them a game plan and said, hey, we’re not going to beat these guys inside. We have to shoot threes and we have to be confident. We made the extra passes and got some really good looks."
White said Brothers had one of her best games of the year, despite having to go up against the tall Pleasant Grove players.
"She was getting the ball down low and distributing," he said. "She was battling on defense, too. It was good stuff. If we can get it inside to Rachel a little bit more and get that game going, we’ll be good."
He also complimented the energetic play of Sanchez, who made several big plays in the first half of Tuesday’s game.
"Lirio was a beast," he said. "She went coast-to-coast and went against that 6’5" girl about three times and either made the layup or got fouled."
The Miners hit the road to take on Stansbury on Thursday night. White said he’d like to see Park City get back to winning against a 3A opponent.
"They’re a region opponent starting next year," he said of Stansbury. "So we really want to come out and set the tone and let them know we’re coming next year."
Park City will be off for Christmas break until Tuesday, Jan. 6, when Ben Lomond comes to town. That game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off at PCHS.
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