Before the Carbon girl's basketball team even left town, Coach Cami Carlson knew that this tournament was going to be a tough one. Her prediction proved to be true as the Lady Dinos went 1-2 against some very good Colorado teams. They dropped their first one on Thursday 40-27 to Grand Junction. On Friday they beat tournament host Fruita 44-36. They finished up with a 71-40 loss to Thunder Ridge on Saturday.
If the Dinos used only their second half play, they would have finished 2-1 and only lost the final game by three points. But in basketball, you have to play all four quarters and the Dinos struggled in the first half in both of the losses.
Against Grand Junction they hit four points in each of the first two quarters, while the Warriors scored 25. Carbon outscored GJ 19-15 in the second half, but the first half deficit was too big.
Amanda Freestone pulled in seven boards for the team while Tia Pappas scored 10, grabbed 10 steals and five rebounds.
The Dinos got behind by three points in the first quarter, but this time kicked it in the second quarter and headed to the locker room tied. They came out from the break and went on a 12-2 run in the third to put the game away. They cruised to the win in the fourth. Kristen Jewkes had the top scoring honors with 12 including a pair of threes. Miranda Averett added 11 points and seven rebounds. Sara Potts also had seven boards. Pappas had nine points, five assists and four steals.
In the final game,Thunder Ridge had their way with the Dinos in the first half out scoring them 43-11. The Dino stepped up their play in the second half, but just like the first game of the tournament, the first half hole hurt the effort. Pappas led the way for Carbon with 14 and Averett added 11.