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THOMAS â€” The Snake River faithful bid adieu to a trio of seniors on Saturday evening and those seniors repaid the crowd by combining for 34 of the Snake River 57 points in a commanding 57-31 conference victory over the visiting Lady Beavers from American Falls.
Madison Pilster, Kylie Coby and Maricia Reyes took to the home court for the final time for head coach Rich Dunn and after just ten minutes of play, the score was already out of hand as they had built a comfortable 21-0 lead.
Kylie Coby had a pair of three's in the opening ten minutes and Pilster added a three point play the old fashioned way as a combination of smothering defense and well placed offense led to the quick start.
"I had no concerns that we would come out tonight and bounce back after the Marsh Valley game," Coach Dunn said. "We had a good film session yesterday and I tell you, the kids couldn't get back out onto the court soon enough."
"We played smart team defense, didn't reach and played good help side defense," Coach Dunn continued. "I think that we did a good job of forcing them into shots that they didn't want to take and then we swarmed to the ball."
The Lady Beavers finally got on the board with 4:46 remaining in the second quarter of play and they notched their first field goal with 2:40 remaining in the half.
Ivy Goff helped close out the half well for the Lady Panthers however as the sophomore came off the bench and promptly drilled back-to-back three point baskets as Snake River headed to the locker room with a 33-11 advantage.
American Falls responded with an 8-2 run to open third quarter play but Snake River were not going to let the game get interesting as they closed the third quarter with a 17-1 run of their own, leading to a 52-20 lead which enabled the running clock for the fourth quarter as the mercy rule was enforced.
"Senior night was great with Madi getting big points and rebounding. Kylie ran the offense very well but the best part for me was Maricia Reyes," Coach Dunn said. "Maricia doesn't get the most playing time but she has put in four hard years of work for this program and what the fans don't see is her sacrifices and hard work in practice which makes us a better team because of her."
Pilster ended the game with 19 points while Coby added 13 which included a trio of three point baskets.
With the win Snake River finishes the regular season with an 18-2 record, 5-1 in conference play which led to a regular season tie with Marsh Valley.
After the game, Snake River was involved in a coin toss in which heads came up, leading to a coin flip victory for the Panthers and the top overall seed in next week's conference tournament.
Snake River will open tournament play against American Falls at 3 p.m. at Highland High School on Saturday, Feb 2.
SNAKE RIVER 57, AMERICAN FALLS 31
American Falls 0 11 9 11 - 31
Snake River 13 20 19 5 - 57
American Falls (31) - Sara Ayala 2, Maria Sanchez 8, Faby Villa 2, Charidee Permann 1, Lindsey Woodworth 11, Robyn Ramone 3, Sammy Neaman 4. FG: 9. FT: 9-12. 3-pointers (Lindsey Woodworth 3). Fouls: 19. Fouled out: none.
Snake River (57) - Madison Pilster 19, Makena Shelley 6, Scout Baldwin 2, Maricia Reyes 2, Brylie Bair 9, Ivy Goff 8, Kylie Coby 13. FG: 20. FT: 9-21. 3-pointers (Madison Pilster 2, Ivy Goff 2, Kylie Coby 3). Fouls: 16. Fouled out: none.