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Defense, defense and more defense

Emery High's Blayr Jeffs tries to manuever around Carbon High players Lexi Gagon (middle) and Miranda Averett during their game on Tuesday night at Carbon High School.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

Carbon's pressure defense helps drive them past rival Emery High 56-30

The Carbon High girl's basketball team has a list of keys they follow in every game they play. It's their formula for team success.

Throw in some defense, a little fast break offense, good team passing and converting free throws. Add in a large amount of Carbon's pressure defense and the formula is complete.

On Tuesday night, Carbon's formula for success was working in full force as Carbon jumped out to a large first quarter lead and never looked back as they defeated the rival Emery High Spartans 56-30 at the Carbon High gymnasium.

Carbon High wasted no time in getting off to a hot start as they employed their pressure defense on the Lady Spartans, which resulted in turnovers and scoring opportunities for Carbon. It was the main reason for Carbon's big lead at the end of the first quarter 18-4, according to head coach Ted Bianco.

"We played great defense all throughout the game," Bianco said.

In their second meeting of the season, Carbon used the same formula as they did in their previous 49-30 victory against the Lady Spartans back on Dec. 1.

"Any time we can get steals and put pressure on our opponents is key for us. We played how we wanted to play the game," Bianco said.

In the second quarter Carbon (5-2) continued to apply pressure which kept Emery (1-5) off balance and forced them into rushed shots or with a Carbon defender within distance of disrupting the shot.

Emery High was able to bounce back in the second quarter outscoring Carbon 11-10 heading into halftime at a deficit of 28-15.

Carbon came out of halftime and quickly went to work with their pressure defense blowing the game open as they extended their 13-point lead at the half to 23 points by the end of the third quarter.

The Dinos lead was extended thanks in part to a number of stops defensively and the fast break offense they like to employ during a game.

In the fourth quarter, it was more of the same story as Carbon continued to apply pressure on the Lady Spartans.

Carbon High senior Miranda Averett converted on a number of fast break chances in the second half as she finished with a team-high 24 points. Fellow seniors Rachel Scoggins and Regan Powell finished with 10 and 8 points respectively.

Bianco said he was pleased with the play of the team's bench as they did not let up on the defensive side of the ball when they entered the game.

"Our bench players came in and did very well," he said.

While he was pleased with the result, Bianco said the team needs to work on cutting down the amount of fouls they commit in games and work on making better passes on offense.

The team is preparing to enter into Region 12 play after the beginning of the new year and Bianco said the team is ready for the challenges that lay ahead.

"Winning on our home court is a positive for us. We just need to keep doing what we're doing to win games by playing good defense and making our shots on offense," he said.

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