Lady Panthers cruise by American Falls
Whitney Dance battles a trio of American Falls players for the ball during the Lady Panthers opening round win at Highland High School on Saturday afternoon.
POCATELLO â€” After a three ball from American Falls junior Kimberlyn Fehringer, the Snake River Lady Panthers found themselves trailing by three. That lead was short lived however, as Snake River closed the first quarter on a 10-0 run, putting the Lady Panthers up for good as they coasted to a 34-13 victory.
"This probably wasn't the most entertaining game to watch as a fan but the girls new that they were supposed to win this game and it can be real easy to look past it," Snake River head coach Steven Morton said. "How it works now is win and move on and it doesn't matter how you do it."
It wasn't all smooth sailing for Snake River, especially on the offensive end where the Lady Beavers packed it into a tight zone and proceeded to double and triple team Snake Rivers bigs in the paint.
"I thought that American Falls did what they could, especailly on the defensive end where they just packed it in and tried to nutralize Eden [Van Orden] and Jocelyn [Harper]," coach Morton said. "We were able to get enough offensively and I thought that we were able to get out a run a bit in the second half which enabled us to attack that zone before it got set up and once we got a few buckets we loosened a bit up."
On the defensive end, Snake River did what they do best by playing tough in your face defense, holding American Falls to single digit scoring in each of the four quarters.
"We work pretty hard about not giving up uncontested shots and if you look at our three games with American Falls, we haven't allowed over 20 points yet and it can be attributed to our girls putting a lot of pressure on the ball in the half court," coach Morton said.
With the large lead, the Panthers were able to empty their bench late in the fourth quarter, giving the younger girls a chance to get some district tournament experience.
The road should become a tad more difficult as Snake River will return to Highland High School for the district title game on Tuesday with tip off slated for 7:30 P.M.
"We're happy with were we are," coach Morton said. "It really will come down to who makes the least mistakes and who makes the big shots."
AFHS 3 4 1 5 - 13
SRHS 10 9 8 7 - 34
American Falls - Zoie Laggis 2, Kimberlyn Fehringer 5, Leela Sorrell 6; rebounds (14) Laggis 5; assists (2) FT - 5/6 3pt-2/5 (Fehringer, Sorrell) fouls - 16 fouled out - none technical foul - bench
Snake River - Alexa Lund 3, Shayla Christensen 6, Macy Martin 6, Makena Shelley 2, Whitney Dance 1, Eden Van Orden 5, Laura Thompson 4, Jocelyn Harper 7; rebounds (28) Van Orden 7; assists (10) Lund 4 FT - 7/13; 3pt - 1/8 (Christensen) fouls - 12 fouled out - none
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