PCHS girls’ basketball aims to keep momentum in 2016
Off to one of its hottest starts in recent history, the 7-2 Park City High School girls’ basketball team hopes to keep its momentum going in the new year.
However, ahead of the Region 10 portion of the team’s schedule, the Miners were delivered some bad news. Junior Jessica Perry, the team’s leading scorer, injured her knee in the final game of 2015 against Carbon.
"The MRI came out with a torn ACL," Coach Sam White said. "She’s doing some physical therapy and she’ll make a decision soon to get surgery or wait a couple weeks to see if she can come back this season. We’re not pushing her, though — if she’s not right, she’s not right."
The Miners will miss Perry’s leadership and offensive firepower, White said, but so far they’re 2-0 in her absence.
"That was a big hit," he said. "But the good news is people are stepping up and expanding their roles a little."
On Friday, the Miners defeated Ben Lomond on the road 41-31. Seniors Marina Mayo and Madeline Komisar led the way with 11 points each and senior Rachel Brothers and junior Montana Landis added nine and eight, respectively.
White said the emergence of Brothers on the offensive end will be a big key to success in the Region 10 portion of Park City’s schedule.
"You can tell she knows she has to take on more of a scoring role," he said. "Rachel’s been a beast on the boards and has been a huge help defensively. Now she’s starting to come out of her shell offensively."
Brothers was one of 15 Utah high-school basketball players to be nominated to play in a 2016 McDonald’s High School All-American game. White said that’s no surprise because of Brothers’ dominance on the defensive end of the court.
"She had a really good offseason with her club team," he said. "I don’t know the specifics, but I think that’s where you get your name on the radar. She’s averaging seven points a game, 7.5 rebounds a game and 3.5 blocks a game [for Park City]. I think her defensive presence is a big thing even though there’s no real way to stat that. I’m super proud of her. She’s definitely putting in the work and it’s been fun to watch."
Region 10 play started Tuesday night for Park City with a game against Tooele, after this issue went to press. White said he’s confident the Miners can still compete for a region title.
"Obviously you want to have a Jessica Perry out there with her creativity and three-point range," he said. "We’re going to have to tweak a couple things, but I still feel we’ll be very competitive. Marina, Madeline and Rachel are going to be the difference makers. I anticipate we’ll still be able to make a splash."
Park City’s next Region 10 home game is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19, against Stansbury. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in the PCHS gym.
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