PCHS girls’ basketball routs South Summit
Despite hosting its second game in two nights on Tuesday, the Park City High School girls’ basketball team didn’t look fatigued at all against the South Summit Wildcats.
The Miners used stifling defense to jump out to a 23-11 first-quarter lead and cruised to an easy 63-36 victory, their second win in as many days.
For a squad that hasn’t been on the winning end of many blowouts in the past few years, Coach Sam White said it was nice to pick up a lopsided victory.
"That was a lot of fun and definitely one of the bigger wins," he said.
But as time was winding down and the game was out of reach for the Wildcats, White said the Miners wanted to make sure they won the right way.
"We told the girls that we’ve been pounded by Morgan and Juan Diego in the past and they’ve pressed us until the last second of the fourth quarter," he said. "So we want to win, but we want to win with class. We had a goal of getting 60 points and, once we got that, we toned things down big time."
Guards Marina Mayo and Jessica Perry led the way for Park City offensively, scoring 18 and 17 points, respectively. Perry said aggressive defense and great chemistry with Mayo led to Tuesday’s big offensive numbers.
"This week, we’ve been focusing on our defense so we could feed our offense through our defense," she said. "That’s been working really well for us. I love it. [Mayo and I] click on the court and it flows. It’s so much fun out there."
Rachel Brothers and Madeline Komisar also reached double digits for the Miners, scoring 13 and 10 points, respectively. Sophie Robinson and Corrine Sullivan each added two points and Daneli Pena scored one in the win.
White said he was proud of the defensive intensity the Miners displayed against South Summit.
"When I took over, that was the vision — to be a strong defense," he said. "You see teams like Morgan and Juan Diego and that’s what they do. They press and get steals and let their defense turn into offense. That transition game is finally coming along. They did a great job switching it up and getting into different defenses and making that defense turn into offense."
Brothers, Park City’s 6-foot-1 center, fouled out of Tuesday night’s win. White said Park City needs to work on keeping Brothers on the court to anchor the defense.
"We’re going to have to continue to work with her and continue to remind her that she’s 6-1," he said. "Even if she’s going against a 5-11 player, she doesn’t need to come down on people or over-aggressively go for blocks. She just needs to alter their shots and get the rebound. It’s a lot harder for other teams to score and get where they want to get and we usually control the boards when she’s in there."
Late in the game, White was able to pull his starters and play some varsity backups for a few minutes. He said that experience is critical for the future.
"It was great," he said. "If nothing else, it’s a wake-up call. It’s good for them to realize they have to work together as a unit."
Park City (2-1) visited Provo on Friday night, after this issue went to press. The Miners will return to the court Tuesday at West. Perry said the Miners will need to ensure they can play with the same energy on the road as they have at home.
"We need to work hard in practice, focus and keep the intensity up," she said. "But the teamwork has been great and the bonding has been great."
Park City’s next home game is scheduled for Dec. 18 against Carbon. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
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