FIRTH - In a game that at times seemed more like a rugby scrum than a basketball contest, the Firth Cougars scratched and clawed their way to a 70-48 non conference victory over the visiting Teton Redskins Friday night.
"Teton is a very physical team and they showed their physicality tonight, especially inside," said Coach Scott Adams. "I am sure that a lot of our players will have bumps and bruises tomorrow."
The opening stanza began with both teams standing toe to toe on defense, daring the other team to even attempt a shot. A few miscues by the Redskins resulted in some quick fast break points and midway through the period, the Cougars had an 8-2 lead and Teton had called the game's first time out.
"We tried to switch up our defenses, especially when we saw what they were trying to do offensively," said Coach Adams. "When we execute our half court and full court traps and presses, we can usually get some easy baskets, but we aren't necessarily trying to get turnovers, just contest their shots."
Dew Bakhashay and Logan Petersen finally got Teton going offensively, scoring all nine of Teton's first quarter points between them, and at the end of the first eight minutes of play, Firth led 14-9.
Firth senior Kory Anderson then got his offense going, thanks to some great passing by Mitch Orme and Logan Wynn, scoring 8 of his 16 points in the second period, helping Firth to a double digit lead at intermission, 28-14.
"We have stressed team basketball all season," said Coach Adams. "We work on getting the ball inside to the open man and executing around the perimeter for open shots. Both Mitch and Logan did a good job tonight in getting other players involved in the offense and that paid big dividends for us."
The second half became even more physical and as the fouls mounted for Teton, the Cougars slowly extended their lead benefiting from the free throw line.
Entering the fourth quarter, Firth held a 41-29 lead and Teton was in severe foul trouble.
Sophomore Mitch Orme then stepped into the spotlight, and the talented youngster hit 10 of 12 charity tosses down the stretch to seal the win for the Cougars.
"Coach really emphasized that we guards needed to get everyone involved in the offense and to drive more often into the lane, drawing contact and fouls from Teton," said Orme. "Both Logan and I looked to drive more and kept finding the other one or Kory or Jacob Fielding cutting free to the basket."
Outscoring the Redskins 29-19 in the final stanza allowed the Cougars to salt the game away late as Firth drew away for the final score of 70-48.
The win moves Firth's record on the season to 12-3, 3-0 in conference play and the Cougars will travel to Ririe on Thursday for their next contest.
THS 9 9 11 19 48
FHS 14 14 13 29 70
Teton (48) Colt Kunz 2, Dew Bakhshay 15, Logan Petersen 13, Dyllan Phillips 2, Jered Lemieux 6, Gary Breckenridge 10 rebounds (21) Lemieux 6 assists (6) Petersen 3 FT 10/16 3 pt FG 4/11 Bakhshay & Breckenridge 2 total fouls (23) fouled out Phillips, Breckenridge
Firth (70) Morgan Giles 6, Mitch Orme 26, Logan Wynn 12, Austin Leslie 4, Kory Anderson 16, Jacob Fielding 6 rebounds (26) Anderson 10 assists (17) Orme, Wynn, Anderson 5 FT 17/27 3 pt FG 2/6 Orme 2 total fouls (19) fouled out - none