FIRTH — It was billed as a cat fight at Firth High School as the Firth Cougars welcomed the South Fremont Cougars for a non-conference tilt on the hardwood.
In the end that cat fight was a lopsided affair as Firth steamrolled the 3A Cougars 58-27.
"We did a good job," Firth head coach Scott Adams said. "A lot of things that we were able to work on in game situations."
A night after a hard fought loss to Sugar-Salem, Firth came back on a mission, opening the night with a 11-0 run over the first four minutes of play.
Employing a shifting, full court zone pressure defense, Firth frustrated the South Fremont team, forcing a plethora of off balanced and out of range shots by the team from the North.
All told Firth was dominant on the defensive end, allowing just no more than 6-points in any of the first three quarters of play. The biggest key being the strong rebounding efforts of Kory Andersen, Jacob Fielding and Austin Leslie as the trio of big men combined for 28 rebounds, limiting South Fremont to just one shot on most of their possessions.
"The first three quarters, too hold a team to 12 points was pretty good," coach Adams said. "We work a lot on offensive fundamentals and really these inexperienced kids are starting to get the experience and they are doing a nice job."
On the offensive end Firth was a team of runs. A lay up at the buzzer by Fielding to end the first half of play capped a 8-0 run to close out the second quarter.
Firth then opened the second half with an 11-0 run, finishing the third quarter by outscoring South Fremont 13-2 in the stanza for a commanding 38-12 lead.
In the fourth quarter South Fremont finally were able to start putting the ball into the hoop on a more regular basis, but Firth was equal to the task, outscoring South Fremont 20-15 in the final quarter of play.
"We need to do a better job, a lot of their points in the fourth quarter were second chance points when we just weren't blocking out," coach Adams said. "Like I told the kids, it doesn't matter if your getting blown out, your blowing someone out or if it's a close game you still have to do the little things and we have to finish better."
Kory Andersen led all scorers on the night with 18-points. Andersen also nabbed 11-rebounds for the double-double effort.
Jacob Fielding also had a double-double with 10-points and 10-rebounds as Firth improved to 5-2 on the season and will take the holidays off before traveling to St. Anthony for the rematch with South Fremont on January 5.
Firth 58, South Fremont 27
SFHS 6 4 2 15 - 27
FHS 15 10 13 20 - 58
South Fremont (27) - Kenny Dalling 2, Joseph Carlson 3, Braxton Crapo 3, Rayce Speth 5, Cole Bauer 8, Spencer Gouldig 6 rebounds (26) Carlson 7 assits (4) Dalling 2 FT - 4/8 3-pointers 1/14 (Crapo) fouls - 25 fouled out - Gouldig
Firth (58) - Morgan Giles 7, Brenner Coughlan 3, Mitch Orme 12, Logan Wynn 2, Austin Leslie 6, Kory Andersen 18, Jacob Fielding 10 rebounds (36) Andersen 11 assists (15) Wynn 6 FT - 17/29 3-pointers 1/5 (Andersen) fouls - 10 fouled out - none