Miner girls’ basketball falls to Provo
Trailing 22-20 at halftime, the Park City High School girls’ basketball team came out strong in the third quarter of Thursday evening’s home game against 4A Provo.
Sophomore Jessica Perry hit three quick shots and grabbed a couple steals to give the Miners a big lift. By the end of the third period, Park City was clinging to a narrow 37-36 lead.
Then, however, it was Provo’s turn to go on a big run. By the time the final buzzer sounded, Provo had claimed a 55-41 win, outscoring Park City 19-4 in the final frame.
Park City Coach Sam White said the Miners played hard, but enough shots weren’t falling in the fourth quarter to hang on for a victory.
"I’m very proud of the girls tonight," he said. "They played super tough. Provo is a very good 4A opponent and we hung with them through three [quarters]. We had to get into that fouling situation in the end and they made their free throws, which always makes it tough to gain some momentum. We started missing a lot of threes at that point as well, trying to catch up."
The biggest positive White took away from Thursday’s loss was the way Park City kept control of the ball all game long.
"We had minimal turnovers," he said. "There weren’t any traveling calls against us, I don’t think, and we had almost no unforced errors like passing the ball out of bounds or dribbling off our foot, stuff like that. Yeah, they got a couple steals, but for the most part, we took care of the ball very well."
White was also pleased with the boost Perry provided to the offense in the third quarter. He said Perry’s potential is beginning to show in longer bursts.
"That’s what we’ve been waiting for," he said. "I saw her play as an eighth grader and this is what we’ve been waiting for. That’s just the beginning. She’s a special player. When she wants to, she can put the ball in the hoop. I’m excited for her. Hopefully that opened things up for her and gave her some confidence. It was good to see."
Coming into this season, White said he and the coaching staff targeted pre-region games against opponents they though Park City could compete with. So far, in amassing a 2-2 record through four games, White is happy with the results.
"It’s a lot more fun," he said. "The girls love it and you can tell they stay competitive throughout the game as far as their mentality goes, even at the end."
With just a few games left before Region 10 play begins, White said there are a couple things the Miners need to do in order to be successful. First and foremost, he said, the team needs to figure out a way to get center Rachel Brothers more involved in the offense.
"We’ve got to have Rachel be an offensive presence," he said. "Until that happens, we’re going to be a mediocre, mid-level team. She’s got the rebounding aspect of it down, but offensively, she pretty much disappeared. She’s got to step up. We’ll keep working with her."
The Miners will return to the court on Tuesday night, when they host Pleasant Grove. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
The Youth Sports Alliance will host a team scramble golf tournament on June 3 at Victory Ranch in hopes of raising funds for its scholarships and youth programs.