PCHS girls’ basketball season ends in lopsided loss
Traveling four hours to play in St. George is never easy for teams from Park City High School. Add in the pressure of the playoffs and playing the No. 1 seed from Region 9 and it makes things even tougher.
The PCHS girls’ basketball squad had to do just that on Friday night, facing off against 20-2 Snow Canyon.
The Miners started slow and found themselves trailing 20-7 after one quarter and behind 34-18 at halftime. In both the third and fourth quarters, Snow Canyon outscored Park City 22-13 to cruise to an easy 78-44 victory.
Park City Coach Sam White said Snow Canyon was ready for the Miners and made things difficult early on.
"We got there and were dressed and on the court before they were and we felt ready to play," he said. "We thought maybe they’d be looking forward to the next round and overlook us, but they jumped out on us and we couldn’t buy a basket in the very beginning. They used a lot of screens and were able to get to the basket and were pounding us on the offensive boards."
When the Miners aren’t scoring, White said it doesn’t let them play the type of defense they like to play.
"We had a hard time making a basket, so we couldn’t get into our full-court press that has made us successful all year," he said.
A minor second-half run by Park City was halted when Snow Canyon got hot from beyond the three-point arc, White said.
"We felt like we left our defense in Park City," he said. "We pulled to within 13 or 15, but that’s when the barrage of three-pointers started. They had eight threes and I’d say seven of them were in the second half."
Senior Madeline Komisar led the way for the Miners in her final game with PCHS, scoring 15 points. Fellow seniors Marina Mayo and Rachel Brothers contributed 11 and six points, respectively. Juniors Montana Landis and Jessica Perry and freshman Lois Garlow all scored four points in the loss.
White said the trio of Komisar, Brothers and Mayo will be tough to replace next year.
"They fought hard and never quit, even in this game," he said. "They know how to battle. Marina Mayo is probably the most competitive person I’ve ever met. Madeline had a great season. She averaged double-digit points and probably close to double-digit rebounds. She and Marina led 3A in steals. Rachel, it was great to see her finally come into her own offensively in the last five or six games. Those three will definitely be missed."
Sophie Robinson, Martina Hebert, Allie Thorn and Madison Blomquist, the team’s other four seniors, will also be missed, White added.
"Martina was a great leader and a captain and Sophie stepped up big and played some big minutes for us this season," he said. "Seven seniors, a great group of girls — it’s going to be hard to fill their shoes."
White said the Miners will need to rebuild around Perry, Landis and Garlow next year.
"We’ll continue to work with Montana offensively," he said. "She was getting six or seven rebounds a game, though. We’ve got to make Lois a better scorer, but this year, with four other scorers on the floor, she was there to facilitate."
For Perry, offseason ACL surgery looms large. White said he hopes the talented junior can play with no restrictions in 2017.
"We’re hoping for the best for Jessica’s knee," he said. "To see her come back will be interesting. We’ll see what kind of player she comes back as."
Park City finished with an overall record of 10-8. It was the first 10-win season for the Miners in seven years, White said.
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