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Defense helps lead the way for Lady Dinos

Ashley Quinton, the lone senior on the team this season, waits for a Spanish Fork player to make a move on offense during a game earlier this season.
Carbon High head coach Ted Bianco calls out a defensive play during the first half of Carbon High's 35-33 win over Stansbury on Saturday.
Carbon High players Giovanna Chiara, left, and Katie Basinger, right, swarm around a Stansbury player during the first half of Carbon High's 35-33 win on Saturday night.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

On nights when things may not be going to plan on offense, the Carbon High girls basketball team has a tried and true method to make sure it doesn't effect the final outcome of a game.

Play 32 minutes of strong, relentless defense.

Since Carbon High head coach Ted Bianco took over last year, the pressure style defense has been implemented to help keep opposing teams on their heels at all times.

This season is no different for the Lady Dinos as their determination to wreak havoc on defense has led them to be ranked second in class 3A with a defense that is allowing 36.6 points per game.

In a nail-biting 35-33 win over Stansbury on Saturday to advance to the 3A quarterfinals in Ogden, Bianco credited his team's defensive effort down the stretch with helping get the win.

"Our defense is ranked number two in the state for a reason. We got a lot of turnovers which helped start fast breaks on offense for us," said Bianco after the game.

Throughout the season, the defense has been consistent only allowing an opposing team to score more than 50 points on two occasions. Carbon lost both of those games, including a 53-44 loss to Uintah on Jan. 2 and a 50-41 defeat to Delta on Jan. 22.

While the Dinos have struggled at times on offense, averaging 42.4 points per game which is 17th in 3A, players know that playing hard defense will leave them with a shot to win each game.

"Team effort on defense helps us get wins," said forward Giovanna Chiara. "Coach Bianco has told us we need to continue working hard on defense as a team if we want to do well at state."

Bianco's team does a bit of everything on defense as his team has plenty of bumps, bruises and floor burns to prove it.

It's a style the team has come to embrace game in and game out.

"Our defense is the strength of our team," said Chiara.

The Lady Dinos will need to continue that hard work on defense as they head into their 3A quarterfinal game with the Dixie Flyers today (Feb. 21) at 5:50 at the Dee Events Center at Weber State University. Dixie upset #1 seed Juan Diego 51-39 earlier last Saturday.

Bianco said his young team has grown over the season despite having just one senior, Ashley Quinton, on the squad. He hopes the team's hunger to succeed will help them heading into the playoffs.

"With such a brand new team this season, I couldn't be more proud of the girls this season," Bianco explained. "Our effort on defense has been big for our team."

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