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Miner girls downed by Morgan

After one quarter of play on Tuesday night in Park City, the PCHS girls’ basketball team already trailed Morgan 27-7.

Things didn’t improve much before halftime, with the Miners down 41-18 at intermission. Though the second half was much closer than the first, when the final buzzer sounded, Park City lost 68-42.

A lack of urgency and energy from Park City at the beginning of the game led to the big Morgan lead, according to Coach Sam White.

"They just jumped out and were more aggressive," he said. "They got every loose ball. We had three defensive rebounds at the end of the first quarter."

All those second-chance opportunities for the Trojans made things tough for the Miner defense.

"Every time they got an offensive board, they got a three or went to the line for free throws," White said. "We had a lot of turnovers as well. Their press was good, but we had a lot of dumb turnovers."

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However, Park City came out of the halftime break playing better basketball. Morgan only outscored the Miners 27-24 in the second half.

"We played better defensively," White said. "And we were trying to come down and be patient on offense, which led to some better shots."

Senior Hanna Shluker led the way for Park City, notching 14 points and 10 rebounds in the game.

"Hanna had another double-double," White said. "That’s two games in a row now."

Center Rachel Brothers also had a good game, scoring 14 points and grabbing seven boards. White said Brothers has been playing a lot better in region play so far.

"She’s gotten a lot more aggressive, which is good," he said. "She’s getting to the line because she’s being patient in [the post]. She’s using her height to her advantage."

The Miners also improved their free-throw shooting on Friday night, something White said has been a big focus all season.

"Our percentages were up to 55 percent the past two games and then 59 percent last night," he said. "That’s obviously not where I want to be, though — I’d like to see us shooing in the 70s or 80s percent-wise. But we’ve been spending a lot of time in practice working on them. Now we just need to make more than half of our free throws."

Park City (6-6 overall, 2-1 in Region 10) will now hit the road for four straight Region 10 games during Sundance. First on the list was a game scheduled for Friday, after this issue went to press, at Juan Diego (15-0, 2-0). White said it would take a mammoth effort for the Miners to win that game.

"It’d be nice to steal one from Juan Diego," he said. "They’re a similar team to Morgan in that they press a lot and are very athletic. If we can be patient and get them to over-commit in certain situations, that would help. If we can take advantage of them overplaying it, we might be able to sneak a couple in."

From there, White said, it’ll be about playing for a No. 2 or No. 3 seed in Region 10. Beating Uintah and Union on the road will be crucial for that to happen.

"I think it’s just reminding the girls that the three seed or that two seed are still open," he said. "I felt like we had slow starts against both Uintah and Union. If we can set the tone early, we can take away any chances they have of coming back and making it close."

Park City returns home on Tuesday, Feb. 10, against Juan Diego. That night will be Senior Night and the game will tip off at 7 p.m.