Last second shot steals Dino victory
|Lady Dinos Andraya Newby and Maquette Potts lunge for a ball headed out of bounds in an earlier home game.|
North Sanpete had the lead twice in Tuesday night's game.
In the early minutes, the Lady Hawks were up on the Lady Dinos 4-2.
Carbon then took over, outscoring the Hawks 24-18 in the first half.
At one point, the Dinos dangled a 12-point lead over the heads of their fellow region eight competitors.
But, according to head coach Bruce Bean, the team lost its focus in the third quarter.
"We had many opportunities to blow the game wide open," he said. "But it all boils down to execution."
North Sanpete slowly crept back into the game, outscoring the Dinos 19-15 in the third and reducing the point margin to two.
In the fourth, the Dinos missed the front ends of 1-1 free throw opportunities that would have sealed the game.
With 10 seconds remaining, Carbon made the first of two from the foul line to take a two point lead.
When the second bounced off the rim, Carbon and North Sanpete players converged, battling for the ball and leaving a North Sanpete player open on the opposite end of the floor.
North Sanpete finally gained control and hit the open player, who cast her shot off from well behind the three-point line.
As the buzzer sounded, the Lady Hawks took their second lead of the game, this time for good.
North Sanpete chalked up their third region win of the season, 52-51.
Morgan Warburton was the team's high scorer with 14 and sophomore Tabby Cummins added 11.
Carbon drops to 12-5 on the season and 3-2 in region play.
Carbon remains in second place in the region, although a win on Tuesday would have likely secured their position in the region standings.
"Getting a win would have guaranteed us a second place spot," Bean indicated. "We just made it a little harder on ourselves."
Carbon will travel to Emery today to face the Lady Spartans.
A win at the Spartan Center, as well as a win against Delta on Feb. 10, should lock the Dinos for no less than a second place in the region, as long as other region games go as expected.
Carbon's sophomore team plays at 3:30 p.m., followed by the junior varsity team at 5:15 p.m.
Both teams are leading the region in wins.
The varsity game will begin at 7 p.m.