THOMAS - Playing for the third time in four days, the Snake River Lady Panthers welcomed a cross county opponent in the Firth Lady Cougars to the 'Panther Lair' and proved to be a rude host, handing the Lady Cougars a 36-17.
"We came in worried a bit about the mental fatigue of playing three games in four days, but the girls handled themselves very well tonight," said Snake River Coach Steve Morton. "We played great pressure defense and concentrated on running our sets with discipline and we were pleased with the effort of everyone."
With the defense forcing turnovers and the offense led by Shayla Christensen and Laura Thompson, the Lady Panthers forged a quick 7-2 lead, which they extended to 15-4 by quarter's end.
"You have to give credit to Snake River and their tough defense tonight," said Firth Coach Sharla Cook. "They were able to take us out of our game at times tonight and with their height advantage inside, they pretty well controlled the paint area."
Snake River's offense sputtered a bit during the second period, when senior guard Alexa Lund went to the bench with her second foul, and playing without starting post Eden Van Orden, the Lady Panthers found themselves very short handed. With only eight players suited up for the game, junior post player Jocelyn Harper played all but the final minute of the contest and responded well, tallying a bucket in each period and controlling the boards.
"We had to play Jocelyn more than we normally due, but she played within herself and contributed in a big way on the boards," said Coach Morton. "It was nice to get this win and end a big week for us as we were able to sweep all three games and didn't get anyone hurt."