Miner girls’ basketball falls to 5A squad
December 5, 2014
Though the Park City High School girls’ basketball team entered Thursday’s home game against 5A Jordan with a 2-0 record and left with a 2-1 mark after a 61-47 loss, there were plenty of positives to take away from the game against a bigger school.
Trailing by 20 points early in the fourth quarter, the Miners battled back, eventually cutting the lead to just 10 before foul trouble cut the comeback attempt short.
Park City Coach Sam White said he’s been proud of the team’s effort all season, but especially on Thursday.
"Their coach complimented us and said we never quit," he said. "I’m super proud of the girls for that. That’s their mentality. We got down by 20 and cut it to 10 with two minutes left and I think [Jordan was] nervous for a second. Credit our girls — they were super aggressive and never quit."
With only eight girls available for Thursday’s game, foul trouble was a big issue. In fact, the Miners played the last 30 seconds of the game with only four girls on the court after four others had fouled out. In total, 55 fouls were called on both teams and 72 free throws were taken.
White said the closely officiated game benefited Jordan, a team with much more depth than Park City.
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"It was tight both ways, so you can’t complain about it tons," he said. "It got a little ticky-tacky there, and with eight girls, that doesn’t play to our strength. We need to work on adjusting to that a little better, I’d say."
The bigger problem on Thursday night, though, was that Park City struggled to make shots all game long. Nothing seemed to fall until the Miners’ mini-comeback in the fourth quarter, when it was too late.
Still, two Miners turned in double-digit scoring totals — Hanna Shluker and Lirio Sanchez each had 11 points. Marina Mayo added eight points, Rachel Brothers had seven, Jessica Perry netted four, Lexi Fulton had two and Madeline Komisar added one.
Other than not being able to buy a basket, White was happy with the way Park City executed on Thursday.
"We took care of the ball, for the most part," he said. "There weren’t a lot of passing turnovers. There were some traveling turnovers and stuff like that, though."
Now, Park City has some time off before its next contest. White said the break will be a great chance for the girls to get some much-needed rest.
"The good news is we’ve got a couple days off before we play Provo on Thursday," he said. "Hopefully it will give the girls a little bit of a mental break and allow them to come back re-focused."
Then, he hopes, the Miners can get back to playing the way they did against Grantsville on Tuesday, when they picked up a 44-26 victory.
"The shooting was much better in that game and the fast breaks were there," he said. "That was fun to see. Everybody was contributing."
Thursday night’s game against Provo is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. at Park City High School.
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