By TERESA CHIPMAN
PHS sports writer
The Indian girls had a good night at home against Malad on Saturday, Dec. 21, but shot poorly against Bonneville on Tuesday, Dec. 17, on the road.
The result was a split week with a 53-31 win over the Dragons and a 43-19 loss to Bonneville.
The team will play one more game on Saturday, Dec. 28, at home against Soda Springs before taking a short break. They will start with the freshmen at 4:30 p.m., JV at 6 and varsity at 7:30.
The Indians led by just three (7-4) at the end of the first quarter on Saturday, but they really came alive in the second. They outscored the Dragons 20-4 and took a 27-8 lead to the locker room.
“We talked about playing the game we like to play,” said coach Belinda Taylor. “We were over-thinking everything. We were giving up opportunities to score. Tonight we focused on playing basketball and loving what we’re doing.”
To their credit, Malad pulled together in the second half and made the Indians work to maintain their lead. And maintain it they did. The score was 39-19 at the end of the third quarter and Preston widened the gap by two more by the end.
Shania Carlisle led the team with 10 points but it was a well rounded effort with Alexa Van Vleet adding 9, Kaely Alder 8, Megan Porter 7, Bailey Roberts 3, Olivia Wheatley 2, Whitney Parker 6 and Kelsey Checketts and Lilli Swainston, 4 each.
“Tonight we played really well rounded,” Taylor said. “We shared the ball a lot. We had a lot of people do good things.”
The game against Bonneville on Tuesday was tough. The Indians started the game well getting the tipoff and going in for a layup and then the offensive board.
But they struggled to get a bucket despite getting good looks. “We started off with some great intensity,” Taylor said. “We just missed some easy shots inside and the tension built. Pretty soon, we’re missing everything we took.”
Down by 12 at the end of the first quarter, things never really got any better. Preston even held Bonneville to two points in the final quarter but could not generate enough points to really take advantage of it.
“I think we’re a better team than what our record and our scores say,” Taylor said. “We got a lot of shots and we defended well. There was so much we were doing right. I think we’re right there. We have to believe we can win and unify as one group towards that goal.”
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