Miner girls’ basketball takes down Ben Lomond
January 9, 2015
The Park City High School girls’ basketball team got off to a slow start on Tuesday night against Ben Lomond.
Playing at home, the Miners struggled through the first quarter, scoring only seven points before finally gaining some momentum before halftime in what became a commanding 53-39 victory.
Park City Coach Sam White said the Miners seemed a little out of sync in their first game action since before winter break.
"We didn’t play very well early," he said. "I think we got down 8-2 coming out of the gates. We took a minute to wake up and warm up."
But, right before halftime, White said the girls started playing better. Then, he added, the momentum really carried over into the third quarter.
"We closed out the second quarter well," he said. "We gave up a put-back two at the end, but we went into half up four.
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"Then the girls fired themselves up at halftime. We challenged each of them to step it up a bit. They came out guns blazing and we scored 18 points in the third quarter."
Jessica Perry provided a huge spark for the Miners, carrying the offensive load during the comeback and scoring all 24 of her points in the second and third quarters.
"That was incredible," White said. "It was unbelievable how she just got in the zone. She had a couple steals that led to layups and had a crazy and-one play when she was fouled hard going to the hoop."
Hanna Shluker also scored in double-digits, finishing the game with 10 points. Lirio Sanchez had six points, all from the free-throw line, Rachel Brothers and Marina Mayo each had four points, Lexi Fulton had three and Madeline Komisar added two.
White credits a new offensive game plan for helping the offensive outburst in the second and third quarters, but added that the Miners need more time to be able to consistently run it effectively.
"Over the break, we put in more of a set offense with a lot of motion and screens," he said. "We obviously haven’t mastered it yet, since we’ve only had four practices with it, but it gives us more options and keeps things from getting stagnant."
After the first quarter, White said the Miners’ defensive intensity picked up quite a bit, too.
"A lot of our points came from defense and turnovers," he said. "That’s easy offense — we’ll take that any day of the week."
Early foul trouble played a part in the lack of intensity, but White was happy with the way the girls adjusted in the second half.
"We had a lot of foul trouble in the first half," he said. "But the girls adjusted to the refs really nicely in the second and no one fouled out."
With Region 10 play starting on Tuesday, White said the important things to work on continue to be defense and rebounding.
"We just need to continue to pick up the defense. If we can continue to force turnovers, it’s much easier offense than going down and working for it for 20 or 30 seconds."
Park City (3-7) returns to the court on Tuesday night when it hosts Uintah in the Region 10 opener. The varsity game is scheduled to tip off at 5:15 p.m.
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