THOMAS — It took a little while longer for Snake River's opening night as the start time to the game was delayed by the opening games but when the contest finally tipped off, the Lady Panthers wasted little time dismantling South Fremont as they cruised to a 57-38 opening night victory.
"Defense, defense, defense. That's what we are and every team calls it something different but to us it's Panther defense and I think that we set that tone early and often," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said. "Last year on opening night after the first quarter it was 4-2 so tonight really shows, second year for most of these kids in the program in which we all are more on the same page. Every body participated in the summer program and even though it was South Fremont's second game of the season, they were the ones that looked rusty not us."
Snake River took charge of the contest with a 12-0 run spanning the middle of the first quarter and into the second quarter as the defensive pressure led to several turnovers and a plethora of steals which led to some easy baskets on the offensive end.
Makena Shelley was the key offensive cog in the run as she scored 12 of the Lady Panthers first 17 points including a two of her game high four three point baskets in the offensive spurt.
Shelley finished as the games high scorer with 19 on the night.
"Makena looked real comfortable with her shot," Coach Dunn said. "Everything that she shot was the second or third time that the ball came to her. She looked to pass and worked inside out and once the ball came back out to her she was ready to dot people."
Snake River parlayed the great start into a 34-15 halftime advantage.
Out of the break the Lady Panthers continued their stellar defensive efforts as they kept the Cougars at bay throughout the second half, finishing the evening with the same 19 point bulge for the final 57-38 win.
Madison Pilster added 13 points in the winning effort while junior post player, Brylie Bair was dominant down on the low block with 12 points and rebound after rebound to keep the Snake River offense alive.
"I thought that the girls did a great job of playing unselfish basketball," Coach Dunn said. "They really did a good job of looking ahead, making the extra pass and getting the the easy transition baskets. It was a great start. We look forward to getting back to work tomorrow and we will take on a tough Malad team next Tuesday."
Snake River (1-0) will be on the road next Tuesday evening for the date with Malad.
SNAKE RIVER 57, SOUTH FREMONT 38
South Fremont 8 7 11 12 - 38
Snake River 12 22 12 11 - 57
SOUTH FREMONT — Tallie Singleton 4, Kallie Peterson 1, Makayla Boots 16, Ontaya Acedo 2, Emily Chelson 2, Mataya Miller 3, Tazie Hobbs 3, McKenna Grant 3, Preslie Singleton 4. FG: 12. 3-pointers 1 (Miller). FT: 11-23. Total Fouls 24. Fouled out: none.
SNAKE RIVER — Darci Polatis 2, Maegan Peace 1, Madison Pilster 13, Kylie Coby 7, Makena Shelley 19, Scout Baldwin 3, Brylie Bair 12. FG: 14. 3-pointers 4 (Shelley 4). FT: 17-34. Total Fouls: 20. Fouled out: Baldwin.