Sara Potts drives hard to the hole against Wasatch on Friday night. She and the Lady Dinos stepped up their intensity after the Union loss and almost pulled off an upset win against the Wasps
Even though the Lady Dinos finished off the week with two region losses, Coach Cami Carlson wasn't too disappointed on how it ended. On Tuesday night Carbon came out slow and and never really got going as they lost to Union 62-55. On Friday night the Lady Dinos looked much more prepared as they pushed a good Wasatch team to the brink before losing in the final minute 51-46.
On Tuesday, Carbon just could not find their shot, but only trailed four points by the end of the quarter. Their shooting picked up, but the defense did not have an answer to the Cougars and at the half Carbon was in a hole by six.
In the third period the Dinos cut the deficit to two, but still never seemed to get on a roll. Rebounds for the team were few and far between and they let Union have many second chance points while earning few for themselves. No one had more than four boards for the Dinos all night. Union pulled away in the fourth and snagged an important region win.
Tia Pappas scored 17 points. Kristen Jewkes added eight for the Dino offense.
Coach Cami Carlson knew her team could play much better and challenged them to do so. Sara Potts was one of the Carbon players who took the challenge to heart. She and a much more energized team hit the court hard against region-leading Wasatch.
The first quarter of play saw the Wasps bombing away for threes and the Lady Dinos struggling with turnovers. But at the end of the first they were only down by four. As they settled down, Carbon shut down Wasatch's outside shot and began to close the gap. At the half it was Dinos by two.
Carbon maintained the lead well into the fourth, but the Wasps never let the game get out of their reach. Carbon missed a couple of free throws at the end of the game and turned the ball over at a critical time and the game slipped away.
But Carlson was very pleased with the effort of her team out on the floor. She pointed out the better intensity of the play of Sara Potts and that Tia Pappas had really been able to step up and shut down the hottest shooter for the Wasps.
Pappas finished with 21 points, five assists and five steals. Potts pulled in seven boards and added 12 points. Kylee Lessar also grabbed seven rebounds as the Dinos were much improved under the net.
One other aspect of the game that Carlson wanted to point out is that midway through the second period she switched the Dino defense from zone to man. The team has not played much man defense this season, but they executed it well and it kept them in the game. Fans can expect to see more of that defense as the season wears on.
The Dinos have a week to rest up and work on things before a 5:15 p.m. game on Friday night at Carbon High against Park City. Their goal is to win the next three games to have a shot at the second seed going into state tournament action.