DRAPER It wasn't the prettiest win the Carbon Dinos have earned, but that doesn't matter much in a tight region race.
"We'll take the win," said coach Cami Carlson after the Dinos defeated Juan Diego 36-15 Tuesday. "This week was kind of anti-climatic after last week with Emery, our rival, and Morgan, our sort-of arch enemy."
The Dinos lost to Emery in Price, but defeated second-ranked Morgan just a day after the Trojans handed Grantsville its first loss. It wasn't just a "W" the players were looking for against Morgan.
"After we lost to them in volleyball we really wanted to beat them," said senior forward Erika Potts. "It was awesome."
Even players who were on the court when Carbon lost to Morgan in 3A volleyball revelled in the win.
"I'm a part of Carbon High School and they beat all of us," said senior forward Kayla Namanny.
So forgive the Dinos if they used up their emotional energy last week. Both teams started slow Tuesday night with the first points coming at 5:11 from a Garvin 3-point shot. The Dinos began pressing, which seemed to help them find their offense.
"We do better offensively when we do better defensively," said Carlson. "Pressing helps because they get fired up when they get a steal."
Garvin finished with 17 points, including five 3-point shots. Patricia Smith added eight points, while Namanny finished with four points.
"It just ended up being a very aggressive defensive game," said Garvin. She said the team's goals seem small, but the players hope their effort will lead them back to another title game.
"Our team goal is just to get better every practice," Garvin said. "I think every time we go out (on the court), we're always pushing ourselves to get better."
Potts said despite some mistakes, the Dinos did what mattered - they won.
"It wasn't our best game we've had," she said smiling.
Namanny said the team is working on doing what they do best and not worrying about what the other team offers.
"We just have to remember to play our game," she said.
The Dinos are talented and athletic, but have struggled at times with consistency.
"We've been a little inconsistent and lost to a couple of teams we shouldn't," said Carlson. "We need to have the idea that we play our style of basketball."The Soaring Eagle struggled offensively but seemed to find enough defensive muscle to disrupt the Carbon offense, especially the second and third quarters. The squad was led by senior center Jenna Speare, who scored nine points in the loss.