Carbon High Lady Dinos end long road trip with two wins
Playing in tough road environments will help team in Region 12 and beyond, CHS head coach Ted Bianco says
For almost the entire month of December, the Carbon High girls basketball team has been living out of their gym bags.
Traveling around all parts of Utah and a tournament in Colorado throughout the month, the Lady Dinos have become a team of road warriors. Playing in tough environments such as a neutral site or on an opposing team's home floor has become a part of the growth process of the team as a whole.
While the Lady Dinos went 1-6 into their final two games on the month-long road trip, they traveled to southern Utah and came away with two wins to end 2013 on a high note with just two weeks before Region 12 play starts.
The Lady Dinos defeated Pine View 42-29 on Dec. 27 and followed that up a day later with a 51-34 victory over Snow Canyon. The sophomore and junior varsity teams helped complete a perfect 6-0 road trip by winning their games as well for Carbon High.
In the win over Pine View, Shelby Cornforth led the team with 13 points. Cornforth and teammate Annika Hansen combined for nine blocks in the game.
Carbon won despite shooting 20-of-46 from the free throw line.
"We made some adjustments in the second half by cutting down on turnovers and making some key baskets," said CHS head coach Ted Bianco.
The Lady Dinos came back the following day grabbed a 31-13 halftime lead over Snow Canyon. Bianco credited the team with moving the ball around well on offense which left the team with open looks at the basket.
"That win was probably our best game of the year so far," Bianco said. "We shot the ball really well and it was nice to see us finally play well on the road."
Cornforth led the team with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Junior Beth Child added 10 points and sophomore Jordan Scoggins chipped in seven points and five assists.
Bianco said the tough competition the team has played should be very helpful heading into Region 12 play.
"We've played a lot of tough teams. We've gone on five road trips already to play some of the best teams in the state and it's helping us grow as a team," Bianco said.