PCHS girls’ basketball picks up first Region 10 win
When the Park City High School girls’ basketball team forces a turnover or grabs a rebound on defense, players know where to find senior Madeline Komisar.
By the time the Miners have secured possession, Komisar is already sprinting toward the Park City basket, waiting for her teammates to find her and get the ball to her.
On Tuesday night at PCHS, Komisar wreaked havoc on the Stansbury defense, scoring 19 points to lead the Miners to a 49-40 victory. She also pulled down 10 rebounds and snagged nine steals in her near triple-double performance. Park City Coach Sam White said Komisar has taken her game to the next level this season.
"She’s definitely upped her basketball IQ — that’s helping her a lot," he said. "It’s nice to have her be able to finish as well. I’d say like 75 percent of the time [on fast breaks], you’re guaranteed a layup or free throws."
But, White added, it’s also important that Komisar’s teammates are able to put her in positions to score with good passes.
"[Marina] Mayo is able to find her a lot, which is helpful," he said. "If you can’t make that full-court pass, a lot of those [fast breaks] don’t translate to points."
Junior Jessica Perry was back in action on Tuesday night despite tearing her ACL before winter break. Though she was limited by a bulky knee brace, she was effective during her time on the court, White said.
"It’s nice to have Jess back," he said. "We’re playing it conservatively, but she’s also showing us a lot. She went behind the back for a step-back three — that was nuts. She’s a special player and it’s fun to have her back. The girls are confident in her. Mayo, [Komisar] and Rachel [Brothers] have all stepped up, but they’re glad to have her back as well."
Perry isn’t at 100 percent, White said, but the difference she makes even in a limited capacity is noticeable.
"She’s so smart and makes that extra pass and makes good decisions," he said. "Even with her a step slow on defense, we’re confident in her abilities."
Freshman Lois Garlow has also returned from a concussion, giving Park City depth it hasn’t had since the start of the season. White said he’s happy with the way the Miners’ rotation is shaping up.
"Martina [Hebert], Montana [Landis] and Lois have all stepped up, too," he said. "It’s nice to have that seven-person rotation again, which was missing for a little bit."
Perry scored 14 points and made three three-pointers on Tuesday night. Brothers added 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Mayo scored four points, grabbed four boards and dished out five assists. Garlow scored four points and had five rebounds and Landis had two points and four rebounds for the Miners.
As Park City (8-4 overall, 1-2 in Region 10) moves forward, White said he’s excited to have a week before the team’s next game.
"We just need some time to practice," he said. "We’re going to definitely take advantage of this Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and next Monday to prepare for Grantsville. Hopefully we can bring a little of this momentum with us."
Park City is on the road for two games next week — at Grantsville on Tuesday and at Tooele on Thursday. The Miners return home on Feb. 2 to host Union. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at Park City High School.
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After starting the year 0-3, the Miners are rolling. They’ve won their last three games, including Friday’s blowout over a region foe.