Lady Dinos get revenge win over rival Emery
Carbon's double-digit lead in first half helps pick up win over Emery in front of large home crowd
Another game, another fast start for the Carbon High Lady Dinos.
In what has become a trend over the past few games, Carbon has used quick starts to grab an early advantage and keep their opponents off balance with their aggressive press defense and relentless pressure on defense in the half court.
The Lady Dinos did just that as they jumped out to an early double digit lead and never looked back picking up a 52-36 over rival Emery High on Friday night in front of a packed Carbon High Gymnasium.
"We came out with a lot of intensity at the start of the game," said CHS sophomore Jordan Scoggins. "Playing in front of the big crowd was a rush and it helped give us that urge to win the game."
Getting the win, the third in a row for the Lady Dinos, was nice, but defeating your rival was even better.
"Nothing feels better than this," said CHS junior Katie Basinger, who finished with a team-high 17 points including five threes.
In the last game between the two rivals, it was a fast finish for Emery High that pushed them to an eight-point win over Carbon High on Dec. 19 in Castle Dale.
But this game turned out to be much different. Carbon took a 22-10 lead early in the second quarter and took a 10-point lead into halftime.
"Coach (Ted) Bianco just told us to stay aggressive and continue to work hard," Basinger said.
That aggressiveness and hard work on the court led to fast break chances and open looks at the hoop. Basinger took advantage from beyond the arc and teammates Scoggins and Shelby Cornforth added 25 points combined to help lead the Lady Dinos to the win.
"We need to continue playing with that sense of urgency like we did tonight," said CHS head coach Ted Bianco.
Emery, who was down by double digits through much of the second half, cut the deficit to nine points with over six minutes left. Carbon responded right back going on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes with baskets by Basinger, Cornforth and Jaylie Jensen.
When Carbon players including Scoggins and Cornforth dealt with foul problems early in the game, other players stepped in and helped the Lady Dinos keep their double digit lead.
"We've come together as a team more over the past few weeks and it's working well for us," said Scoggins.
The key ingredients in the turnaround are pretty simple. Play well on defense, find good open shots and keep up the pressure.
But one motivating factor may be the sour taste of dealing with a four-game losing streak in December and a recent three-game losing streak in the beginning of the month.
"I think we just got tired of losing," said Scoggins. "We are just trying to build off what we've done over the last three games and keep going forward."
While the win over rival Emery was a non-region game, Bianco believes this can help give the team a boost over the final five Region 12 games. The Lady Dinos, 8-9 overall and 1-2 in Region 12 play, will be on the road for three of their final five games.
"We need to continue to believe in ourselves and we can't overlook anyone on the schedule," said Bianco.
The Lady Dinos will be on the road for two of those road games traveling to Payson on Tuesday, Jan. 28 before going to North Sanpete on Thursday, Jan. 30.