PCHS girls’ basketball team’s hot streak ends vs. Carbon
After starting the season with a loss at Orem, the Park City High School girls’ basketball team rattled off five straight wins, one of the best starts for the program in the last few years.
On Friday night at PCHS, the Miners looked to make it six in a row against a tough Carbon squad. Park City got off to a slow start, allowing the Dinos to score the first 11 points.
Carbon held an 18-7 lead after the first quarter. Park City battled back to cut the Dinos’ lead to 38-33 at the end of the third, but couldn’t finish the comeback as Carbon held on for a 55-40 victory.
Park City Coach Sam White said the Dinos made the better adjustments as the game progressed Friday.
"It was a big-time game of runs," he said. "It sucks that we went down 11-0 on the first run. I’d have liked that to go a little differently. We made some adjustments and they made some adjustments. It was just back and forth."
Ultimately, White said, the Miners weren’t as good around the basket as they were during their five-game winning streak.
"It’s frustrating that we didn’t get our transition game going tonight as much as we have in the past," he said. "We weren’t getting our usual fouls or usual finishes. That’s been our game the last couple weeks."
Junior Jessica Perry left the game in the first half with a knee injury, which White said was also a big part of the Miners’ struggles.
"She’s a key player," he said. "Any time you lose a key player, especially early in the game, that throws the rhythm off and the rotation off — how we sub and everything. She’s averaging over 20 points a game right now, which would have definitely helped us."
In Perry’s absence, senior Marina Mayo stepped up, leading the team with 19 points. Senior Madeline Komisar finished with 14 points in the loss.
White said he was happy with the way the Miners stepped up after losing Perry.
"I am proud of the girls," he said. "They picked up what they could, but [Perry] is able to create a lot of shots by herself and she’s a good finisher in transition."
White credited Mayo with making a defensive change to help the Miners close the gap in the third quarter.
"We were trying initially to wear them out with the full-court [press], but Marina said, ‘Hey, let’s run the 2-3 [zone],’" he said. "We packed it in and that brought us back until [Carbon] got up by enough that they could just stall."
Though losing the last game before the holiday break is disappointing, White said it’s important for the girls to stay positive after the five-game winning streak. White joked that one good thing to come from the loss is that he gets to get rid of the beard he’d been growing during the streak.
"I get to shave at least, so that’s nice," he laughed. "You always want to go into break on a high note, but this will make us hungry. [Carbon] was the No. 3 team in 3A coming into tonight, I believe, so we know we can compete. It’s good to get a loss early and feel that pain and come back and get ready to go for region."
White said the Miners can’t wait to make some noise when the Region 10 schedule starts.
"I’m super excited," he said. "Obviously, we have to change some things. I don’t want to peak too early, but while the mojo is here, I want to get into region and play and get some wins where it really counts. I’ve been so excited with the progress we’ve made. The girls are playing their butts off. They’re putting in the work and getting their shots up. It’s fun to see."
Park City (5-2) returns to the court on Jan. 5 at the Waterford School. The Miners’ next home game is scheduled for Jan. 12 against Region 10 foe Tooele. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at PCHS.
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This season, the Miners are led by a quartet of seniors who combine to shine on and off the court. According to head coach Matt Carlson, the seniors are the heartbeat of the team and have led the charge for Park City’s jump to Class 5A.