The Carbon defense was stifling as they held their opponents to single digits in multiple quarters.
If a team takes any opponent too lightly, they can come out and bite you. The Lady Dinos didn't want that to happen against a weaker Salem Hills team on Tuesday, so they came out with their "A" game from the start and soundly beat the Skyhawks 58-21.
While the Dinos offense didn't start out as fast as they have in other games, the defensive side of the game was solid. They held the Skyhawks to six points for each of the first two periods. In the second quarter the Carbon offense began feeling their rhythm and amassed a 24 point lead heading into the locker room.
Despite the lead Coach Carlson did not want her team to sit back and coast. She challenged her squad to hold the Skyhawks to even fewer points in the second half.
"I wanted to keep the girls motivated on defense and I set the goal for them to allow fewer than 12 points in the second half," explained Carlson. "I didn't care about the offense as much. Even when I subbed most of the second half, the bench also stepped up and took care of business."
With that, the Dino D just about shut out Salem Hills in the third, allowing only a single point while growing their own lead by 16. The final quarter had Salem posting a mere eight and the Dinos met their defensive goal and took the win.
Tia Pappas and Julia Potts drove the Dino offense with 12 and 11 points respectively. Pappas also picked eight steals and pulled in five rebounds to be named Carbon's player of the game. Sarah Potts was perfect at the line going four for four.
With a winless Juan Diego coming in to face the Dinos on Thursday, it will be another game that the squad will have to set goals and not lose their focus on.
Carlson knows how quickly a struggling team can find a way to win if they are overlooked.
"We won't take them lightly," she said. "I am glad we are facing them at home, I haven't had a chance to really see them play, so we will be ready."
Tip-off for Thursday's game will be at 7 p.m. at the Carbon High gym.