Tia Pappas hustles after a loose ball in Carbon's win over Juan Diego.
After watching the sophomore and JV squad dismantle the Juan Diego teams by 20 or more, the Lady Dino varsity remained focused on the task at hand. They knew that no matter what the record was of the team they were about to face, they needed to keep their heads and play their own game because next week they would be tested hard. Carbon kept their focus and easily defeated the Soaring Eagles 60-22 on Thursday night in front of a sparse home audience.
Juan Diego scored first and matched a bucket again after the Dinos scored next. That was it for the offense of the Soaring Eagle until late in the second quarter. The smothering Dino defense just didn't allow them to take many shots. The Carbon offense seemed to score at will. The shots were flying from both inside and out as the lead blossomed to 31 points by the break. The Dinos had hit six threes in a frenzy of scoring.
The coaches for Juan Diego looked a bit dazed and defeated as they headed slowly toward the locker room to try and regroup their squad. Carbon also retooled their approach to the game after the half. With the match securely in hand, they turned their focus to improving on their weaknesses rather than crush their opponent with their strengths.
Coach Carlson told her squad to slow down their offense and run each play all the way through. They also pulled their defense into a half court press, which Carlson feels is the weakest defense the Lady Dinos run.
The changes mattered little, as Carbon held the Soaring Eagle to only two points in the third period. The Dino offense played very deliberately and struggled with the change in rhythm, scoring only seven themselves. In the final period, both teams picked it back up and finished strong. Many of the bench players for Carbon again saw a bit of court time as the game was out of reach for their opponent.
The scoring for Carbon was well distributed, scoring 11 was Samantha Smith, with ten points each were Julia Potts, Patricia Smith and Tia Pappas.
Potts was named Carbon player of the game because she was everywhere. Potts led with seven rebounds, seven assists, five steals and a pair of blocks to go with her scoring effort.
Carlson was happy about her team's overall performance. She knows that even though the Dinos easily beat North Sanpete already, the Hawks are a dangerous team on their home court. They start off the week traveling to Delta to take on a good Rabbit squad and then hit the road again to face the Hawks. Emery will invade the House of Dinos on Feb. 3 for a rematch and Carbon needs to beat them for a chance at the region title.