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BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot head coach Jonathan Packer is fond of saying that win or lose the goal is to get better the next day.
On Friday evening, the Blackfoot Broncos showed that they are indeed better than they were just two nights previous, as they held off a furious Rigby fourth quarter rally, and then pulled away from the Trojans for a 65-53 conference victory.
"We're learning how to win, this game was about learning how to finish and get a win," coach Packer said.
BLACKFOOT â€” With time clicking off the clock Blackfoot junior Cerissa Honena let fly with a high arcing shot from the half court line. As the collective crowd held their breath, the ball banked off the glass, banging in and out of the basket only to fall away as the Shelley Lady Russets prevailed 52-49.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot and Shelley took to the mats for their inaugural meeting in the 4A High Country Conference. After the dust had settled, Blackfoot showed their County brethren what the competition will be like as they pounded the Russets 69-9.
"The team unity, the team numbers, the team spirit and just the whole feeling that you get from running out on the first night, in our home for the start of the season is just a pretty special feeling," Blackfoot head coach Brian Barlow said. "You've got to love being a Blackfoot Bronco."
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Lady Broncos snapped a 7-game slide at home on Tuesday night as they beat the Lady Indians of Pocatello 42-34.
"I saw a lot of enthusiasm tonight," Blackfoot head coach Mike Kirkham said. "The kids believed in themselves, they wanted this one real bad and they refused to be denied."
Desperate for a win, the Blackfoot squad indeed came out with a lot of energy, opening the game on a 9-2 run.
SHELLEY - The Shelley Russets overcame a 7 point half time deficit, surging to a 61-51 non conference victory over the Sugar Salem Diggers Tuesday night.
Led by the sheer brilliance of sophomore McKay Cannon who displayed an array of no look passes, long range jumpers and stellar defense, the Russets dominated the second half of what had been a close contest.
ABERDEEN â€” Friday nights showdown with Aberdeen and American Falls had all the ear marks befitting of the classic rivalry, with both teams nailing big shots from the field, both teams playing tough defense, and the game coming down to the last shot of the game as American Falls escaped the Tiger Den with a 44-43 victory.
IDAHO FALLS - The Lady Broncos travelled up I-15 to the Bonneville Bee Hive to take on the Lady Bees and were stung to the tune of a 46-38 set back Friday night.
In a game that was closer than the final score would indicate, the Lady Broncos seemed poised to take the sting out of the Lady Bees until Erica Shenton scored nine straight points in the early going of the fourth quarter to put the Bonneville squad in front for good.
BLACKFOOT â€” If not for the first four minutes of Blackfoots game with the Madison Bobcats on Thursday night, the men in green may have opened the home portion of their schedule with a win.
Unfortunately for the Broncos and the large crowd on hand, the visiting Cats opened the game with a huge 16-3 run for a lead that they never relinquished, ending in a 61-46 victory.
SHELLEY â€” The Shelley Lady Russets turned in their best performance of the year on Wednesday evening, overpowering the Lady Bees of Bonneville 56-43 in a High Country Conference tilt at Shelley High School.
"Like I told the girls, this was the best team basketball that we have played this year," Shelley head coach Burke Davis said. "We distributed the basketball with extra passes and I thought that we were really patient, we didn't shoot as many ill advised shots as we have so far this year."
BLACKFOOT - The Madison Lady Bobcats rode the shooting and rebounding of Jane Hansen to a 65-49 victory over the homestanding Lady Broncos of Blackfoot Wednesday evening.
Hansen tallied 20 points and snared 11 rebounds on the evening and the Broncos just couldn't find an answer for the talented sophomore.
"We just couldn't stop number 15 tonight," said Coach Mike Kirkham. "We did some nice things tonight and are making improvements over some of our recent outings, but we remain a work in progress."