During the preseason many of the younger Carbon High players have gotten some varsity court time including freshman Miranda Averett.
So far-so good for the Lady Dinos as they sweep their way through the Fruita Tournament in Colorado this weekend. They began with a 44-25 spanking of Palisade on Thursday and then destroyed Battle Mountain 67-13 on Friday before wrappping up with a 62-38 win over host Fruita.
The Dinos kept up their quick start that did well for them against Morgan with a 15-1 first quarter on Thursday against Palisade. Before their opponent knew what hit them, they were heading to the locker room down 28-5 and Carbon was cruising to another win.
Julia Potts led the low scoring affair with 10. Emily Cox pulled in 12 rebounds in a defensive dominated game.
On Friday, a first quarter lead of 22-2 was a result of the team again coming out with energy . The second quarter was almost as lopsided with the Carbon lead blossoming to 42-4 over a hapless Battle Mountain squad.
Tia Pappas pulled in seven rebounds, but it was Patricia Smith who led the way with 18 points and five steals.
Fruita tried on Saturday to stop the Dinos, but to no avail.
Carbon put them in a hole 15-6 in the first and then doubled their total to hit the locker room up 30-10. It was the third quarter of this game where the Dinos really put on their offensive fireworks as they scored 23 points to seal their tournament sweep.
Potts was on fire with 21 points and six steals. Patricia Smith almost matched her with 20 of her own and five assists. Samantha Smith added 11 points and four steals. The Smith sisters were deadly from the free throw line. Samantha was 4 of 4 and Patricia was 6 of 6.
For the most part, Coach Carlson was a bit disappointed, not in her team at all, but by the lack of competition they faced. "We watched better teams play over there and wished we could play them. They weren't playing very tough teams either, but what can you say. It gave us a chance to work on offenses we have struggled with and defenses we are not so sharp on. Our defense at times looked tough and then I would call off the dogs and try something new. All the girls got a chance to play and that is really good for us."
The team puts their winning streak on the line as they head to the Basin this week for a pair of games against Union and Uintah on Tuesday and Thursday respectively.