Post play key in Panthers win over Shelley
THOMAS — On Thursday night Shelley Lady Russets junior center Brecklyn Hobbs was locked up in a physical match-up with Firth's Bailey Nelson.
Hobbs held the dangerous Nelson to zero points in the game.
Saturday night, Hobbs and the rest of the Lady Russets made the perilous drive for Shelley to Snake River where Hobbs faced another tough match-up this time with Lady Panthers Brylie Bair.
Hobbs and Bair would battle all night long, but in the end Snake River was too much for Shelley as the Panthers earned a 35-27 win.
"Feed the beast," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said of what was the key to the win for the Panthers. "We realized that we needed to get the ball inside to Brylie and let her go to work."
Bair scored six of her 10 points in the third quarter that saw Snake River battle back from a one-point halftime deficit two a two-point lead at the end of three quarters.
"Breck is the anchor of our defense," Shelley head coach Burke Davis said. "She plays very good help side defense and plays tall and regardless of who she plays against when they score they are going to earn it."
Bair's six points came during an 11-0 Snake River run in the third quarter that gave the Panthers their first lead in the game since early in the opening quarter.
"Wether it was Brylie turning and feeding the other girls or her going up to get baskets she was involved for us big in the third quarter and was the difference in the game," Dunn said. "We went inside out."
Once the Panthers got the lead the defense took over.
Snake River held Shelley to a total of 12 second half points and just two in the final quarter.
"Defensively I thought we played pretty well," Dunn said. "We did a good job of pressuring the ball and our guards did a really good job on defense slowing down their guards who are pretty quick."
"We did a lot better scoring tonight than we did the other night," Davis said. "But we still left a lot of opportunities out there and we did not do a good enough job at the free throw line."
The Lady Russets missed five second half free throws that could have cut the final deficit to just two points.
"While this is definitely disappointing it is a game we can build on for sure," Davis said. "As a team we need to continue to grow through the adversity we are going through and work to get better."
To go with Bair's 10 points, Alyssa Crumley added eight points for Snake River. Indi Young led Shelley with nine points.
Shelley (0-6) plays at Idaho Falls on Wednesday, while Snake River (3-2) hosts Teton on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Snake River 35, Shelley 27
Shelley 10 5 10 2 — 27
Snake River 7 7 13 8 — 35
Shelley — Brecklyn Hobbs 2 0-3 4, Kira Marlow 2 0-1 4, Indi Young 3 2-2 9, Holly Dooley 2 2-4 7, Brooke Sorensen 1 1-2 3. Snake River — Makena Shelley 2 1-2 6, Alyssa Crumley 4 0-1 8, Ivy Goff 1 0-0 2, Brylie Bair 4 2-2 10, Scout Baldwin 2 0-0 4, Lindsey Higginson 1 0-0 3.