Highland downs Blackfoot 53-19
POCATELLO — The Blackfoot Lady Broncos got behind the eight ball early in their road date at Highland High School on Tuesday evening and were never able to recover as the Lady Rams completed the season sweep of the Lady Broncos with a 53-19 victory.
"Offensively we didn't execute as well as we are capable of but honestly, I am really optimistic about how far they have come offensively," Blackfoot head coach Mike Kirkham said. "Against a team like Highland, it didn't show though."
For all intents and purposes the game was over in the first quarter of play as Highlands full court pressure forced 12 first quarter turnovers by the Lady Broncos, leading to a 19-1 advantage.
The offensive woes continued into the second quarter for Blackfoot as they were unable to connect from the field until :50 remaining in the half when Madison Pilster nailed a jumper from the baseline. Cerissa Honena then drilled a trey from the wing at the end of the half making the score 23-6 Highland.
"One thing that I am really happy about tonight is the fact that they [Highland] scored 19 first quarter points and we held them to 4 in the second quarter," coach Kirkham said. "We didn't have as much energy as they did, but we couldn't go as deep as they did due to some issues that we are trying to resolve."
In the second half, the turnover woes continued for the Lady Broncos as they finished the night with 36 boo-boos on the night and despite playing decent defense, Highland was able to enact the mercy rule with the 30+ point advantage in the fourth quarter.
Blackfoot (2-11, 0-5) will travel to Madison on Thursday evening.
BHS 1 5 6 7 - 19
HHS 19 4 16 14 - 53
Blackfoot (19) - Madison Pilster 5, Brielle Brower 1, Taylor Sheepskin 4, Hannah Miller 2, Delese Marshall 1, Cerissa Honena 5, Dusti Rodriguez 1 Rebounds (17) Honena 8 Assists (3) FT - 4/8 3-pointers - 1/4 Honena fouls - 9 fouled out - none
Highland (53) - Timberly Bowie 6, Dylan Gonzalez 10, Jessica Sargent 2, Dakota Gonzalez 12, Abigail Olsen 2, Mandy Smith 3, Whitney Blattner 2, Kelsey Belnap 5, Megan Reed 2, McKenzi Adams 3, Cassidy Elgan 6 Rebounds (31) - Elgan 7 Assists (11) Dylan Gonzalez 4 FT - 6/12 3-pointers 5/13 Bowie (2), Smith, Belnap, Adams fouls - 7 fouled out - none