Carbon's Mariah Pollock works hard as she tries to drive around a Cougar defender. The Lady Dinos limited the Cougars to 42 points on Friday night.
When you are on a roll, the momentum can be hard to stop. Union gave it a try against the lady Dinos on Friday night, but found themselves run over in a 67-42 Carbon victory.
Union was considered one of the top teams in region 10. Carbon is the reigning queen and left little to doubt on Friday night. The first time the two teams met up, it was a close battle up until the final whistle sounded. Not this time.
The Dinos jumped out to a quick lead in the first quarter and never looked back. It was 36-19 as the two teams headed into the locker room. It was eerily similar to the half time score when the two teams met up in Roosevelt. That time Carbon led 34-18 and then let the Cougars back into the game with Union outscoring them 21-9.
The Cougars did come out with a renewed intensity for the third, but Carbon was not about to relive that close game and held onto their lead. They continued to focus on their defense with the goal to limit their opponents to under 40 points.
With the game well in hand, it was looking good for the Lady Dinos to keep Union under 40. However with 2:34 left on the clock, the Cougars hit a three and 40 points. All the Dinos, including those on the bench went into a momentary slump, looking like Union had just tied the game. But quickly they all refocused and only gave up a pair of free throws the rest of the game.
"We missed our goal to limit them to under 40, but I can't complain. We held them to 42 so I am still very happy. When they hit that shot you would have thought it was a close game, not that we were up by over 20. It shows me how focused we are on our defense and we are going to need that at the state level," said Coach Cami Carlson right after the game.
Tia Pappas had another stellar game with 22 points and seven boards. Kristen Jewkes and Mariah Pollock combined for 24 and Miranda Averett hit 11 and led with eight rebounds. Kylee Lassar also pulled in seven boards.
Jewkes was all smiles after the game and added, "Last time we let them back in. This time we showed them how we really play. We kept our focus on and played as a team."
The team gets the luxury of staying home this week with a Tuesday with a 7 p.m. game against ALA and then a 5:15 p.m. game with Park City on Friday.