FIRTH — Normally, when a team out-rebounds and out-shoots their opponent from the free throw line, that team will find themselves in the win column.
Not so on Tuesday night as the visiting Lady Cardinals of Soda-Springs were able to overcome those two categories in the stat column in a 57-42 win over Firth.
"Soda-Springs is one of the elite teams in our division, they really are," Firth head coach Sharla Cook said. "They have an excellent team and they did a good job tonight of hitting clutch shots."
Firth spent the entire first half attacking the Lady Cardinals and their man-to-man pressure defense and were rewarded for their efforts by making their way to the free throw line 21-times. Unfortunately they were only able to knock down 10 of those. The Lady Cougars finished the evening by making 12 of 27 charity tosses as opposed to no free throw attempts by Soda-Springs.
"We were able to make them pull the press off and that is really a tribute to the kids ability to break that press in the first half," coach Cook said. "I felt that Shannon Spencer had another fine game tonight. She had a tough defensive assignment. Kayla Jensen is so athletic and she had a good performance as well."
Firth also turned in a fine performance on the glass, pulling down 43-boards on the night, 20 of those offensive rebounds. All of that led to a highly competitive game that featured 5 ties and 2 lead changes as Firth showed marked improvement since the last meeting between the two teams.
"We did a much better job than we did down there, it was a totally different game," coach Cook said. "I was very proud of my kids. I felt that they did an excellent job of taking care of the ball and being aggressive."
Unfortunately, the three point line proved to be the difference as Soda-Springs drained 7 of 13 shot attempts from behind the arc while Firth struggled from deep, failing to connect on any of their 10-attempts.
Emily Fielding finished with a double-double on the evening with 16-points to go along with her 11-rebounds while freshman Kayla Jensen finished with 11-points off the bench for the Lady Cougars.
"Our record is not a real big deal for us," Coach Cook said. "Our focus is too get better every night and I think that we played a lot better tonight than in our earlier game so we are going in the right direction."
Firth (2-10, 1-1) will be off for the holiday break and will return to the court in 2011 when they host Snake River and Aberdeen to kick off the new year.
SODA-SPRINGS 57, FIRTH 42
SSHS 11 14 14 18 - 57
FHS 9 14 8 11 - 42
Soda-Springs (57) - Dakota Siepert 9, Andrea Bowman 2, Paige Anderson 14, Katie Evans 2, Shantae Skinner 15, Cierra Simmons 4, Bailey Simmons 8, Amber Skinner 3 rebounds (23) Anderson 4 assists (13) Siepert 5 FT - 0/0 3-pointers 7/13 (S. Skinner 3, B. Simmons 2, A. Skinner, Seipert) fouls - 24 fouled out - none
Firth (42) - Shannon Spencer 7, Ashley Carpenter 2, Rachel Schiess 2, Ashli Munger 4, Kayla Jensen 11, Emily Fielding 16 rebounds (43) Fielding 11 assists (7) Fielding 3 FT - 12/27 3-pointers 0/10 fouls - 8 fouled out - none