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East Carbon girls split games to open regular season



By Sun Advocate

East Carbon’s Brittnie Leonard works for a shot at a recent game against Tabiona’s Amber Pippy (20) and Tasha Giles (14). Leonard was the leading scorer for the Lady Vikings in the game against Wendover.

The East Carbon Lady Viking basketball team is off and running for the Region 18 regular season schedule with a win over one opponent and a loss to another.
With a low scoring 21-19 win over Wendover last Friday night they finally got themselves into the winning column, and having it happen on their first game past the preseason was a good sign.
However, then they went to Eureka to face the Lady Miners Tintic and fell by a 57-43 score on Tuesday evening.
The girls from ECH overwhelmed the Lady Wildcats in the first quarter of the game in the border town, and really just coasted the rest of the way. At the end of the period they had scored nine points while the opposition had only recorded two. The team held a lead all through the game, but Wendover was able to come back at the end and make it game, although it was one they would ultimately lose.
The leading scorer for East Carbon was Brittnie Leonard who had the majority of the team’s points with 13.
Tuesday’s game was a much higher scoring affair. It started out with both teams playing fairly even for the whole quarter with Tintic able to etch out a two point lead at the end of the period 15-13.
However, it seems when disaster hits, it hits big. The Eureka kids jumped all over it in the second period, with Emily Carter leading the way and they went into the locker room with a 20 point lead, 41-21.
East Carbon was able to come back in a fashion in the third quarter, holding the Lady Wildcats to only eight points while scoring 14 themselves, but they couldn’t continue the domination or increase it in the fourth period as both teams struggled from the field scoring only 15 points between them.
East Carbon was led in scoring by Chelsey Timothy with 18 points. Misty Valdez had eight points.
The team now has a game against Meridian tonight (Thursday) at home. The Lady Mongooses have had a bad reputation over the past three seasons only winning one game and setting a state record for the number of consecutive losses by a girls basketball team.
But this season is different. While not big winners they are 2-3, beating Christian Heritage School a couple of weeks ago 41-31, their first win since the middle of last season and then just a few days ago beating Wasatch Academy 36-24.
Then the team takes some time off for the holidays before traveling to Tabiona on January 7 for a rematch with a team they lost to at home earlier this season in a non-league game.

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