Judge Memorial overwhelms Carbon High girls in 3A quarterfinals
A slow start on offense combined with a career day from Judge Memorial's star sophomore Kailie Quinn left the Carbon High Lady Dinos heartbroken after a 55-39 loss in the 3A quarterfinals at Dixie State College.
Quinn, one of the top players in class 3A, needed just six minutes in the third quarter to help carry Judge past Carbon High in what had been a close game through the first half.
A nightmare matchup on the court for the Carbon defense, Quinn scored in spurts including nine of Judge's first 11 points and added 12 straight points in the third quarter. Her scoring run in the second half helped give Judge Memorial a lead that Carbon could not overcome.
Carbon High head coach Ted Bianco tried using a defense with senior Regan Powell face guarding Quinn around the court. It worked in the first half as the Lady Dinos held Quinn to 10 first half points. But the sophomore was hard to stop for a full 32 minutes as she finished with a career-high 31 points.
"Quinn is one of the best players in 3A," Bianco said. "Regan did a great job on defense but Quinn was hard to stop all night."
In the second quarter the Carbon offense was finally able to put points on the board as seniors Miranda Averett and Shaylie Jones helped cut the lead down to two at the half.
But another slump on offense in the third quarter doomed Carbon as Judge outscored them 16-5, extending their lead to 13 points heading into the fourth quarter. Carbon also racked up fouls as Averett and senior Amanda Freestone were stuck on the bench with foul trouble. Averett, Freestone and Powell all fouled out of the game, which saw Judge finish 24-of-36 (66.7 percent) from the free-throw line compared to Carbon with 12-of-21 (57.1 percent).
Bianco credited Judge with jumping out to a faster start than the Lady Dinos, which prevented Carbon from utilizing its pressure defense for much of the game.
"We just didn't play well enough to win," he said. "It's a tough loss for us."
Averett finished with a team-high 13 points for the Lady Dinos. Freestone, Lexi Gagon and Kelcy Otani each had seven points.
With the loss, Carbon now moves into the consolation bracket. They will play Morgan on Friday at 11:10 a.m. If Carbon wins, they would move on to a game for fifth place on Saturday. If they lose, their season would be finished.
While the loss is tough for the Region 12 champion Lady Dinos, Bianco said the team will now look to finish off the season on a good note.
"Now we're just going to be playing for pride," he said.