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ABERDEEN â€” The Aberdeen Tigers hosted Snake River in another installment of the highway 39 rivalry on Tuesday evening and by evenings end, it was the visiting Panthers who prevailed with a 60-45 victory.
The Panthers got off to about as good a start as one could have wanted as they sprinted to an 11-3 lead midway through the first quarter. That lead grew to double digits late in the second quarter when Cole Rushton dialed long distance for a 29-19 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.
IONA â€” The Blackfoot Bronco wrestling team capped a very busy eight day stretch of wrestling with a perfect 9-0 record at the Bonneville Duels over the weekend, good enough for second place in the massive tournament just five points behind the Bees of Bonneville.
"The team showed a lot of heart," Blackfoot head coach Thain Cashmore said. "I was impressed with how the team stepped up. It was a good ending to a hard week of wrestling."
By MARK HIGH
THOMAS â€” For the second time in as many nights the Snake River Lady Panthers took to the hard wood looking to knock off a Mountain Rivers Conference foe. It wasn't the prettiest of affairs but in the end, Snake River were able to accomplish just that as they defended their home court with a 42-36 win over Teton.
"Everything about this game that was ugly was about us," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said. "It wasn't anything that Teton did which got us out of our game and maybe it was because for the first time this year we played on back-to-back nights. I was happy to see us come out after half time and play a little bit more like ourselves though."
BLACKFOOT â€” The top ranked and undefeated Bonneville Bees came to Blackfoot on Friday night in a conference tilt at Chris Gardner Gymnasium and when the game was over, the Bees remained undefeated as they turned in a hot night on the offensive end in an 87-63 victory over the Broncos.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Broncos hosted the Hillcrest Knights on the basketball court Wednesday evening looking to even the season series on their home court. Unfortunately, the Knights were not cooperating in that plan as they turned in a big second quarter to take a double-digit lead that they never relinquished in the 64-45 downing of the Broncos.
"Basketball is a game of runs," Blackfoot head coach Dan Hale said. "When you don't stop their run and then don't go on a run of your own it makes it very difficult to win basketball games. Hillcrest are a good team though. You can't take anything away from them."
RIGBY- They came, they saw, they conquered. The Blackfoot Broncos traveled north Wednesday night as they competed in a double duel with the Hillcrest Knights, and the Madison Bobcats. Not only did they compete, but they dominated as they swept the duel winning 69-15 against conference foe Hillcrest, and skinning the Bobcats 69-6.
BLACKFOOT â€” Foul trouble reared it's ugly head at Blackfoot High School on Tuesday evening and for the home standing Lady Broncos, the trouble was all theirs as they were forced to sit a trio of their starters for a large portion of the first half of play against 5A Madison.
Madison took advantage of that as they poured in 51 first half points en route to an 80-52 win over the Lady Broncos.
BLACKFOOT â€” With the score tied at 45-45 and just over two minutes remaining in the huge cross river rivalry game between the Broncos and the Panthers junior McKye Watt stepped up and drilled a three pointer from the baseline. After a missed three on the other end, Watt followed that up with another three ball from the opposite corner to give his team a 51-45 lead.
Unlike years past however, the Watt in question was wearing Bronco green and those shots proved critical as the Blackfoot squad evened their season record at 2-2 with a 54-50 win over Snake River.
FIRTH â€” Fresh off of a disappointing loss to their neighbor Shelley the night previous, the Firth Lady Cougars returned home for a date with cross county rival Aberdeen on Wednesday evening. Firth showed no ill signs from the Shelley loss though as they sprinted to a 22-2 first quarter advantage and then kept the Lady Tigers at arms length for the remainder of the evening for the 58-39 non-conference victory.
"We really stressed being mentally tough and to not have a let down after last nights tough loss," Firth head coach Sharla Cook said. "I was proud of the way that the kids came out and started the game tonight."
Firth opened with 20 straight points before Aberdeen finally broke the seal on the rim as Taylor Wallace got the Lady Tigers on the board with :23 remaining in the quarter.
SHELLEY â€” The Shelley Lady Russets and the Firth Lady Cougars closed out their regular season schedule with each other on Tuesday evening and in the end, a 20-2 run over the third and fourth quarters of play proved to be the difference as the home standing Shelley squad prevailed with the 50-41 victory.