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THOMAS â€” Maybe it was the fans sarcastic applause after the Panthers first points of the game after 11:30 of being held scoreless.
Or maybe it was the no doubt fiery halftime speech from head coach Bob Coombs, but something got into the Snake River Panthers in the second half against Sugar-Salem Tuesday night.
After being held scoreless in the opening quarter and trailing 21-1 with 4:31 left in the game the Panthers rallied in the second half cutting the deficit to as little as seven points.
THOMAS â€” With three minutes to go in the game the Snake River Lady Panthers held a 46-39 lead over visiting Kimberly after a 10-0 run by Snake River.
But just as on Friday night against Soda Springs the Panthers had a mental let down and Kimberly responded.
The Lady Dawgs went on a 6-0 run of their won to pull within one point with less than a minute to go in regulation.
But Snake River got three huge free throws from Maegan Peace and Sari Steadman to earn a 50-47 win at Snake River High School Saturday night.
BLACKFOOT â€” The positives for the Blackfoot Broncos have been few and far between in the early part of the 2014-15 basketball season.
It has been a lot of two steps forward and one step backward week after week.
Friday night the Broncos looked for their first win of the season as they opened 4A District 5/6 play hosting the Indians of Pocatello.
And for the opening 16 minutes the Broncos looked as if the first win of the season would come against the Indians as Si Hoskins, Taylor Pearson and Matt Peterson were aggressive driving to the rim.
BLACKFOOT â€” With less than a minute to go the Blackfoot Lady Broncos haled a 32-21 lead over visiting Preston.
But the Broncos first win of the season was snatched the away from the Broncos when the Indians Megan Porter nailed the game-winning three pointer as time expired to give Preston a 35-32 win Thursday night at Blackfoot High School.
FIRTH â€”Â At a table in the center of the gym of Firth High School was covered in trophies, medals and plaques of championships and other honors Firth senior Ashley Sanders has been involved in during her four years at Firth High School.
Behind the table was a pair of state championship banners and a sign that announced what Sanders friends and family where their for, Sanders cementing her future by signing her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for the University of Great Falls.
THOMAS â€” A flu bug has been working its way through the Snake River Lady Panthers over the last week.
Entering Tuesday's home game with Sugar-Salem six of the eight players on the varsity roster had flu symptoms along with head coach Rich Dunn.
And while Dunn was never use being sick as an excuse, staying competitive with a Lady Diggers team that handed the Panthers a 31-point loss two weeks ago in Sugar City.
After the opening quarter Tuesday night it looked as if the game would be a repeat performance as the one earlier in the month.
THOMAS â€”Â Over the last few years the Snake River and Shelley boys basketball teams have been involved in some epic games.
From state championship games to their normal regular season meetings Bob Coombs Panthers san Dave Hadleyâ€™s Russets are no strangers to each other.
So far in the early part of the season both the Panthers and Russets have had their share of struggles.
The Panthers came into Saturday nightâ€™s home game winless on the season, with the Russets were coming of a loss to Rigby when they let a lead slip away.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â It took an hour longer to finally get started Friday night as a mix-up with the officials caused the Blackfoot High School administration to scramble for a pair of officials.
The officials did show up and after an hour delay the junior varsity game finally got going.
It was close to 9 p.m. before the variety teams hit the floor as Blackfoot head coach Dallin Parker finally got the chance to coach against his sister Carly who is a senior at Pocatello High School.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â One look at the box score and the casual fan cpu;d easily assume that the Blackfoot Broncos 82-56 loss to Bonneville was a blowout.
And while the score alone indicates just that, if you happened to be one of the fans in attendance at Blackfoot High School on Thursday night you wold have seen the Broncos play their best game of the young season.
After a freak accident in pre game warmups the Broncos lost starting point guard Chase Causey for the game meaning that sophomore Dunkin Hale would run the point against a very tough Bonneville defense.
FIRTH â€” In the seasons first meeting eight days earlier the Shelley Lady Russets had their way with their county rivals to the south taking down Firth by 21.
The two teams met for the final time in 2014 on Wednesday night in Firth with the Lady Cougars looking to earn a season split with the Russets.
A night after shooting 20 percent from the free throw line in a loss to Sugar-Salem, Firth made sure that would not be their downfall two nights in a row.