Prep girls basketball: Lyman sets standard for Park City
Bulls in china shops create less havoc than Carson Lyman.
The Park City senior is anchoring a team that is fighting for respect, and she is unafraid of dominating the low post to change the culture of girls basketball for the Miners. The 5-foot-10 forward is a physical threat to opposing players and is committed to making her final year the most memorable.
"We've learned from our mistakes and know we have to play a lot more aggressive," Lyman said. "Because defense sets the pace for our offense, I'm trying to set the standard for our team."
Lyman's standard is a team-leading 126 points with 76 rebounds this season.
Park City always is fighting for respectability. While 2-5 this season, Lyman knows her team is taking the tough losses and using them as teachable moments for region play.
"As long as we play hard and trust each other, we'll always play our best," she said.
Miners coach Sam White knew there was something special about Lyman when she would show up to shootarounds during her eighth-grade year. He was amazed at her tenacity and physical play when she was on the court with the varsity team.
"She was playing a little too aggressive," White said with a laugh. "I knew she could match up with any other player when she got to high school with a little bit of training."
She has worked on her ball handling and shot selection during her first three seasons. With 18 steals, Lyman possesses the rare talent of having both power and speed, and she uses it to her team's advantage when she is double- and triple-teamed.
"Because of my size and power, playing the low post is a perfect position for me," Lyman said. "If they play me big, I can play quicker. If they're smaller, I'll shoot over them."
She uses her basketball IQ to either take it to the rim or pass it to an open player. Lyman said it is never about accumulating stats for herself but putting her team in the best position to win.
"If I can finish, I'll take the shot," she said. "If not, I'll kick it out to my teammates. It's a chance for me to get my points and my teammates theirs."
The team captain wants nothing more than her teammates giving it their all when they are on the court.
"I want to be satisfied in how we played," Lyman said. "Providing we do the best that we can, I'll always be able to remember this season as us doing the best we can."
Meet Carson Lyman
Lyman is a three-sport athlete, playing volleyball, basketball and softball.
Exploring her options for playing college basketball, she has been offered a scholarships to the College of St. Benedict and St. John's in Minnesota.
Lyman leads the Miners with 126 points, 76 rebounds and 18 steals this season.