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Carbon High basketball teams start new season with wins

Carbon's Miranda Averett (23) jumps high to gather a rebound in the 49-30 win against rival Emery High.

By KEVIN SCANNELL
Sun Advocate sports reporter

Carbon High girls pick up two quick wins, while Carbon High boys take two of three in Colorado

The Carbon High boys and girls basketball teams wasted no time in getting the season off to a good start after weeks of practice.

Both of the squads came out of the first week of the season with results that have left both teams pleased and optimistic about the rest of the season.

The Carbon High girls began their season on the road with a game against Lehi last Tuesday. Showing the same fire that lead them to the 3A state championship game 10 months ago, the Carbon High girls came away with a 54-41 win.

Carbon jumped out to an early 12-6 lead after the first quarter before extending it to 26-15 at the half.

Miranda Averett led the Lady Dinos with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Amanda Freestone, who did not play with the team last year, finished with 11 points and 4 rebounds.

In their second game of the week on Thursday, the Carbon High girls faced off with rival Emery High Spartans.

In their last meeting, Emery defeated Carbon in the 3A state championship game 55-42, ending what was a nearly flawless season for the Lady Dinos.

In this matchup, the Carbon High girls wasted no time in showing their rivals to the south that they came to Castle Dale to play.

Carbon ran out to a 24-13 lead at the half and never allowed Emery to get back in the game. Carbon outscored Emery 25-17 to walk away with the 49-30 win.

Averett led the Lady Dinos with 17 points. Rachel Scoggins added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Regan Powell and Kelcy Otani each added 6 points.

While head coach Ted Bianco is new to the team this season, he said not much needed to be changed in the formula for success for the Lady Dinos.

He credited a tough defense that helped change shots and created turnovers.

"This looks to be as good of a defensive team as I've ever coached," Bianco said.

Meanwhile for the Carbon High boys team, a long bus trip awaited the team as they traveled to Grand Junction, Colo., for three games against local opponents.

In their first game of the season against Palisade, Colo., on Thursday, the Carbon High boys were able to shake away any preseason jitters as they came away with the 45-34 win.

Jordan Blanc, who has battled injuries in his high school career, led the team with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Nick Haycock and Derek Young each added 8 points and 7 rebounds.

That success in the season opener carried over into their second game on Friday against Central, Colo. The Dinos used a strong defense while they converted on their scoring opportunities as they defeated Central 52-43.

Young led the team against Central with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Tanner Gagnon had 14 points and 7 rebounds and added a team-high 4 steals.

In their final game of the road trip on Saturday, Carbon High faced off with Fruita Monument, Colo. A slow first half and not coverting on free throw attempts were just some of the reasons the Dinos will look back on as they fell to Fruita Monument 66-55.

Fruita Monument jumped out to a 34-16 lead at halftime, putting the Dinos in a difficult position. Despite playing much better in the second half, even outscoring Fruita Monument 39-32, the first half deficit proved to be too much to overcome.

Clay Finkbiner led the Dinos with 15 points. Gagnon added 13 and Blanc had 12 for the Dinos. Dakota Cisneros had a team-high 8 assists in the loss.

Head coach Jeff Cisneros said he was pleased with start to the season, despite the loss in their final game. In the loss, Carbon shot just 50 percent from the foul line (12-of-24), Cisneros said.

At 2-1 and with more games on the road still to come, Cisneros said the experience of playing tough games on the road will help the Dinos as they look to improve each game.

"I felt we played really good in the tournament as we defended really well and had a lot of steals in every game," he said. "Playing games like this on the road will help us prepare for the rest of the season.




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