Tournament finish leaves Carbon High with early trip home
Tournament play is no easy matter. One play, one point and sometimes one player can make the difference in a win or a loss. Unfortunately for the Carbon High girls basketball team they found that out the hard way at the 3A State Tournament in St. George last week.
The Carbon High girls did not perform as well in tournament play as they did over the regular season. Their play left them with two tough losses, including a 55-39 to Judge Memorial on Thursday night and a 55-50 loss to Morgan in the consolation bracket on Friday morning.
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.
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.
Morgan hands Carbon High girls an early ticket home with 55-50 loss
Another star performance from an opposing player and a few too many miscues left the Carbon High girls with an early exit after a 55-50 loss to Morgan in the 3A state tournament at Dixie State College.
Led by sophomore McKenzie Schenk's 26 points, Morgan pulled away from Carbon late in the third quarter holding onto their lead despite a furious rally by Carbon in the final minutes.
Carbon High head coach Ted Bianco said his team had a great year despite the quick exit from the tournament.
"We had a great year making it to state," Bianco said after the game. "The last two games don't reflect how the team played all season long."
Carbon took an early 11-4 lead in the first quarter thanks to four steals by senior Miranda Averett. Morgan High, the Region 11 champions, got back into the game with an 8-0 run to end the quarter with the lead 12-11. Despite the steals, Carbon began racking up turnovers and were unable to convert opportunities on offense.
After getting even with Morgan at 30 midway through the third quarter, Schenk hit a three-pointer giving Morgan a 33-30 lead, one they would not give back.
Carbon did have chances to cut into the lead in the fourth quarter. Morgan head coach Brad Matthews was called for a technical foul after senior center Kelsey Henry picked up her fifth foul. Carbon High junior Ashley Quinton hit both free-throws for the foul, but senior Miranda Averett missed both technical free-throws.
Down by nine, Carbon began cutting into the Morgan lead cutting it to 46-41 with three minutes left. After fouling Morgan readily down the stretch to extend the game, senior Rachel Scoggins hit a three-pointer from the left corner that cut the lead to 53-50 with 26.4 seconds left. But Schenk hit one of two free-throws on the other end to help seal the game for Trojans.
"The girls fought to the very end, giving lots of effort and never showing any quit," Bianco said.
Bianco said the team had a rough stretch with shooting and free-throws in the tournament, which if they made could have changed the outcomes of both games. Carbon shot 16-of-28 (57.1 percent) from the free-throw line, compared to Morgan with 19-of-31 (61.3 percent).
Their bracket in the tournament was no easier. Both Schenk and Judge Memorial's Kailie Quinn are two of the top players in 3A and each played well in the tournament.
For Carbon's seven seniors, it was their final game after a two-year successful run getting to the state tournament two straight years. While they wanted a better ending, Bianco said he told his team to remember the hard work they put in all year long.
"They are winners no matter what happened," he said. "The girls have represented the school well and hung in there with every game and never gave up at any point."
Averett and Amanda Freestone led Carbon with 12 points each. Seniors Lexi Gagon, Regan Powell and Scoggins each finished with seven points.
The Region 12 champion Carbon High Lady Dinos finished the 2011-12 season with an overall record of 16-7.