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Defense leads the way for Lady Dinos in win

Junior Katie Basinger led Carbon High with a team-high 17 points as she helped run the offense and picked up a few key steals on defense.
Carbon High's Beth Child, middle, looks to get in position between Union's Lexi Anderson (10) and Chelsie Birchell for a rebound during a free throw attempt during the second half of Carbon's season opening win on Tuesday night at home.
Carbon High head coach Ted Bianco, right, gestures to his team after a few empty possessions due to turnovers during the first half of Carbon's 48-21 win over Union on Tuesday at the CHS Gymnasium.
Desi Lantz (34) looks to get a shot off down in the paint over Union defender Chelsie Birchell (23) during the second half.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

Carbon High defense holds Union to nine points in second half in 48-21 victory

In three years as head coach of the Carbon High girl's basketball team, Ted Bianco has stressed many things.

But one thing may be focused on more so than the others.

Carbon's pressure style defense forced Union into a number of turnovers that led to points for the Dinos in a 48-21 home win to open the 2013-14 season.

Bianco credited his team's defense with keeping Union from making the game close in the first half.

"We came out strong on defense which helped because we were a little jittery on offense with too many turnovers in the first half," said Bianco.

In the second half the Carbon defense clamped down holding Union to just nine points. The Lady Dinos led 18-12 at the half and used a 30-9 advantage in the second half to pull away for the win.

"The girls did a good job of buckling down in the second half," Bianco said noting the eight total points Carbon allowed Union in the first and fourth quarters. "That's how we need to play every game."

The Carbon offense was able to open an early 12-4 lead due to a press that Union was unable to break through. Despite getting the early lead, Union was able to string together a few successful possessions going on a run while the Carbon offense began to struggle to convert opportunities.

While the season is still early, the Lady Dinos showed some late-season ability as they used the final 20 seconds of the third quarter clock eventually ending the quarter with a basket down low by Annika Hansen to extend the lead to 15 points heading into the final quarter.

Junior Katie Basinger led Carbon with a team-high 17 points. Shelby Cornforth added 14 for the Lady Dinos.

Other than Basinger and Cornforth, seven different Lady Dinos scored including Hansen, Jerika Morgan, Jaylie Jensen, Beth Child, Isabella Barney, Jordan Scoggins and Morgan Hillam.

While Bianco said he was pleased with the team's showing in their opener, there are areas the Lady Dinos can focus on going forward. The team struggled at the free throw line shooting 9-of-20 (45 percent) in the game. Also with a few changes on the roster from last season, Bianco said he and his coaching staff are still trying to figure out the team's depth.

"I'm very pleased with the win but we've got to focus on a few areas including free throws and closing out on rebounds," he said.

After opening their season at home, the Lady Dinos will need to prepare their gym bags for the next month as they will not host another home game until Jan. 4, 2014 when they host Uintah.

Carbon (1-0) will hit the road for Morgan as they will participate in a two-day tournament opening against Judge Memorial on Friday, Dec. 6.

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