PCHS girls’ basketball wins in overtime thriller
When Park City High School senior Marina Mayo hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds left in Thursday night’s girls’ basketball game against Grantsville to tie the game at 48, the crowd erupted. Students and parents alike could sense the momentum shifting in the Miners’ favor in the game that would determine playoff seeding for PCHS.
But, in the ensuing commotion, a Grantsville player stepped to the free-throw line, causing confusion among the Park City crowd. The explanation — Park City called a timeout after Mayo’s three, a timeout it didn’t have.
The Grantsville player made one of the two technical free throws to give the Cowboys a 49-48 lead and possession of the ball. Following the Grantsville inbound play, the Miners fouled with just over six seconds remaining in the game. They needed a miracle.
The Cowboys player missed both free throws. On the second miss, senior Rachel Brothers went up and grabbed the rebound and threw an outlet pass to senior Madeline Komisar. Komisar ran up the court before passing to Mayo, who got fouled with 1.1 seconds remaining.
Mayo stepped to the line needing to make both shots to win. However, after missing the first shot, she put herself in a high-pressure situation. Much to the delight of the Park City fans, she drained the second free throw, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra period, the Miners scored six points while holding Grantsville to only two points to earn a much-needed 55-51 victory.
Park City Coach Sam White said he was proud of the effort the Miners showed, especially in the adverse late-game conditions.
"That was a big game," he said. "They showed their heart and how hard they’re willing to work and that mentality that they’re never out of it. Even when it looked really hairy there for a second with the technical, the girls stepped up and made a big play."
White said he wasn’t worried about Mayo crumbling under the pressure at the free-throw line.
"She’ll go home and beat herself up about missing the first one, but she’s just a competitor and will compete no matter what," he said. "That’s what I love about her. She will not stop. A couple years ago, when she was either a freshman or a sophomore, she had two big free throws to beat Uintah and she knocked them down. She can handle the pressure."
When the playoffs begin on Friday, the Miners will either be the No. 4 seed from Region 10, due to tiebreaker scenarios with Grantsville. That means they’ll head St. George for their first-round playoff game against Snow Canyon. White said winning against a team from the southern region is no easy task.
"It’s going to take some patience on offense," he said. "The defense can hang and I think we can compete defensively, but we spend a lot of energy and time on defense because we’re not very patient on offense. Obviously, we’re not going to kill the transition game or anything like that, but we need to spend some more time on offense."
Komisar and freshman Lois Garlow were hurt in overtime of Thursday’s game on hard fouls by the Cowboys. White said he hopes to have both players ready to go by Friday. The whole team will get some much-needed rest this weekend.
"We gave them the weekend off and then we’ll get back at it Monday," he said.
Miners earn recognition
Senior Rachel Brothers was honored as a McDonald’s All-American last week for her strong play the past couple of years. Meanwhile, senior Sophie Robinson earned Academic All-State honors for her work in the classroom. Robinson and the rest of the Academic All-State team will be recognized before the 3A state championship game.
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The Miners ended up on the wrong side of a close game on senior night but are still fighting for playoff seeding.