The Tooele girls basketball team has high expectations this season, but the Buffaloes also know they can’t afford to take anyone lightly.
They certainly didn’t make that mistake Thursday night against a struggling Park City team, scoring the first 18 points of the game en route to a 49-26 win over the Miners in a Region 11 contest at Tooele High School.
“It feels great to come out and be 2-0 in region,” Tooele senior Blake Hervat said. “Teams like (Park City), it’s really easy to let up and play at their level, but I think we did a really good job of playing our game and going hard — high intensity from the beginning of the game. That was huge.”
Tooele (6-5, 2-0 Region 11) needed just 6:55 to rack up 18 points in the first quarter, an impressive run during which six different players scored at least two points. Park City (0-11, 0-2) didn’t score its first points until just 14 seconds remained in the opening quarter, and after closing the gap to 12 points early in the second, Tooele senior Makenna Baker converted on a four-point play to launch a 12-1 run that put the game firmly out of reach.
“I’m just glad we’re all together,” said Baker, who had 10 points in the win. “We’re all playing as a team.”
Emily Webber led all scorers with 11 points for the Buffs. Abby Webber had seven, Hervat had six, Madisen Baker and Nizhone Tso each had three and Mallory Searle and Shaylie Davis scored two each.
“We just want to get better,” Makenna Baker said. “Every game, we’re just trying to improve from the last one.”
Thursday’s win sets up a big week for the Buffaloes. They traveled to Ben Lomond on Tuesday night for a game that was not complete at press time. This Thursday night, Tooele plays host to county rival Stansbury, with the top spot in the region standings on the line.
“I think if we go hard at Ben Lomond and we play our game, it will be a good warmup for Stansbury,” Hervat said. “To be 3-0 is huge for us.”