The only thing the Carbon Lady Dinos needed to do Thursday night was win to earn the outright Region 12 championship. They did just that, and on senior night to boot, thrashing second place Juab 50-33.
Bella Barney, Morgan Hillam, Desi Lantz, Sara Morley and Jordan Scoggins were honored after the game. Scoggins, who is done for the season after tearing her ACL earlier in the year, was the sixth starter at the beginning of the game when starters were announced.
In a back-and-forth first quarter, neither team led by more than four points. Lindsey Blanc, who scored a game-high 20, hit a three off the backboard with 17 seconds remaining in the first to give the Lady Dinos a 13-10 lead after one quarter of play.
A quick 5-0 run to open the second on buckets by Taylor Passarella and Morley gave the Lady Dinos their biggest first-half lead, 18-10. But back came the Wasps. Juab cut the lead to four, 22-18, at the 1:35 mark before Cyene Bigelow’s bucket with under a minute remaining in the half gave Carbon the 24-18 halftime lead.
Carbon’s first 10-point lead came within two minutes of the third quarter on a bucket by Blanc. Chandelle Nichols then hit a three at the five-minute mark for the 33-20 advantage, capping off a 9-2 run to begin the second half. The Lady Dinos led by as many as 16 points, 41-25, in the period and took a 42-27 lead to the fourth.
The lead ballooned to 21, 48-27, at the 3:10 mark of the fourth on a three-point play by Blanc. Carbon then coasted to the 50-33 win.
Besides Blanc’s 20, Morley added seven points, as did Passarella. Hillam chipped in six.
Carbon (20-2, 7-1 Region 12, clinched region championship) will host Bear River (10-11, 2-6 Region 11) in the first round of the 3A Tournament, on Friday, Feb. 19. The game can be viewed live on ETV Channel 10 at 7 p.m.
Watch highlights of the Carbon/Juab game below: