PCHS girls’ basketball tops 4A Hillcrest
The 3A Park City High School girls’ basketball team hosted 4A Hillcrest on Monday night in a game that quickly picked up the pace after a slow first quarter. Leading 10-9 through the first period, the Miners found themselves in foul trouble and went into halftime trailing 24-23.
However, a third-quarter defensive shift produced ample turnovers and vaulted the Miners into the lead in a game they held on to win 50-43.
Park City Coach Sam White was pleased with the execution on the defensive end of the floor Monday night.
"The defense was amazing," he said. "They did a great job. They were very active and had their hands up going after steals. We came out [in the third quarter] and tried a different defense where we trapped up top and got a couple quick steals off that. That gave us some momentum."
Then, White added, it became a strategic battle to keep the Hillcrest players uncomfortable when they had the ball.
"Once [Hillcrest] figured it out, we switched it up again," he said. "That was basically the name of the game tonight — cat and mouse."
Jessica Perry led the Miners with 16 points. White said she continues to improve each year.
"She’s fun to watch," he said. "She’s razzle-dazzle, dribbling behind her back and through her legs. She gets good shots. She’s coming into her own. The new offense is allowing her and Marina [Mayo] to do some things and work together."
Mayo finished the game with 12 points. Madeline Komisar scored 10 points, Lois Garlow had seven and Rachel Brothers chipped in with five.
Though White was glad the Miners were able to close out their first win of the season, he said their late-game execution left much to be desired.
"They did technically close it out," he laughed. "But it’s hard when you break a timeout and say, ‘Hey, we’re not going to shoot,’ and not necessarily play slow, but slow it down a little bit and get good shots and then the next two possessions are one pass and a shot. We will practice that a little bit more."
Park City (1-1) hosted South Summit on Tuesday night, after this issue went to press. White said the team will be working on several things ahead of its next game Dec. 11 at Provo.
"I think we’ll continue to work on switching defenses," he said. "That’s a solid foundation. The offense got a little stagnant tonight, too. It’s just about calming down on offense and closing out games."
The Miners return home on Dec. 18 to square off against Carbon. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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