Prep notebook: Park City enjoys thrilling win over Wasatch
The gymnasium at Park City High School was packed Friday night. That's how it always is whenever the Miners and Wasatch Wasps get together.
"Any time Wasatch plays Park City, there's going to be a lot of emotion," Park City coach Caleb Fine said. "It's a great rivalry."
Fans screamed and, at one point, even fought, causing the game to be stopped.
But when play resumed, they were treated to an incredible ending.
With time winding down and Wasatch stalling with the ball, Park City fouled. The Wasps coolly hit a free throw to go up by two points with 3.4 left on the clock.
Park City's go-to play, a long inbounds pass to a post player, had to be scrapped because the man who usually runs that play had just fouled out.
So Fine drew up something for Bosten VanDerVeur.
The sophomore got the ball at half court but was guarded closely.
Wasatch had fouls to give and tried to stop the play.
Fine tried to do the same with a timeout.
But VanDerVeur wasn't having any of it.
With a Wasp defender in his face, he stopped and launched a 30-footer.
Fittingly, a buzzer-beater.
It was the Miners' first victory over Wasatch since February 2007.
"It's not the shot you draw up to win a game," said Fine, who never had beaten Wasatch in his time as Park City's coach. "But when it goes in, it's pretty special."
VanDerVeur, who finished with 15 points, soon found himself swarmed again, this time by fans rushing onto the court.
In the locker room Friday night following a win over West, Woods Cross coach Kasey Walkenhurst praised his basketball team for sharing the ball well.
"We were very unselfish," the Wildcats' first-year coach said. "We were making a lot of the extra passes that we haven't made in our prior games, and it really showed."
Did it ever.
In a 99-66 victory over the Panthers, Woods Cross had six players in double-digits.
With West putting on a full-court press, the Wildcats (7-3) were able to pass over the top for easy baskets for much of the game, Walkenhurst said.
Senior guard Brady Cowley tied for a team-high with 16. Hayden Grant knocked down 11, while Skyler Farnes and Mikey Jacobsen chipped in 10 apiece.
The coach, however, said he was particularly pleased with the effort of two juniors: guard Xequille Harry, who finished with 13, and Jackson Pohlman who had 16.
"It was a great team effort," Walkenhurst said. "But they showed a lot of poise under that pressure West was putting on us, and both made some open baskets."
Perfect no more
The Davis Darts had a matchup that, on paper, should have been an easy win.
Davis was riding a 10-game winning streak entering Friday night's matchup with Viewmont, a squad with a sub-.500 record.
But that's why they play the game.
The Vikings spoiled the Darts' perfect record. The final score: 62-61.
While Park City and Wasatch found themselves locked in a battle, a few schools decided not to wait until the end to put away their games.
In girls' basketball, Viewmont handily beat Taylorsville by a final of 62-26.
The Juan Diego girls, meanwhile, put a 75-20 beating on Union.
The biggest margin of the night, right?
The Morgan boys' team, using a big effort from senior Jake Miles, whooped Tooele 112-68 a 64-point win for the Trojans.