Patricia Smith floats up a shot in an earlier game. She was named Carbon's player of the game for her scoring and overall play. Smith had 19 points and hustled up and down the court all game long.
Julia Potts threads the needle on her way to the basket in an earlier game. Against Morgan she hit four 3 point buckets.
With Wasatch, Morgan and Carbon sitting atop the early season girl's basketball ranking in that order, Carbon's Tuesday night showdown against Morgan may have been a taste of the state tournament. The Dinos showed the Trojans who was better prepared with a 57-46 triumph on their home court.
Carbon jumped out quick and scored early in the contest. This was their best first quarter start of the year. Julia Potts hit three treys in the first period alone to establish the Dino's outside game. Her shooting opened up the paint for the rest of the team and Carbon went to work.
Sitting on a 22-13 lead at the end of the first period, the action slowed down a bit in the second quarter, but the Dinos came out of the locker room on another scoring frenzy while shutting down any offense the Trojans tried to muster. Carbon cruised to victory in the fourth.
Coach Carlson was happy about the performance she saw.
"It was a good game for us," she said. "The girls came out and played hard early and that gave us confidence. We hit our shots and Morgan didn't and they became frustrated and that helped our confidence."
Commenting about the early rankings, Carlson said, "we are happy to be ranked so high, but we don't take it too seriously. We just have to focus on one game at a time and keep getting better."
Patricia Smith and Julia Potts carried the Dino offense with Smith leading all scorers with 19 points and seven assists. She was named Carbon's player of the game for her overall hustle.
Potts had a hot hand at the three point line with 12 of her 16 points coming off the trey. Potts defensive game was pretty good as well, with five rebounds and two steals. Tia Pappas pulled in six rebounds and Emily Cox grabbed five rebounds and picked four steals.
The team travels to Grand Junction, Colo. this weekend and then to the Uintah Basin for games next week. The team will not be home until Jan. 2 against Wasatch. That game may prove to be another sneak peak at state tournament championship play.