BLACKFOOT — In their first match up the season the Snake River Panthers and the Blackfoot Lady Broncos battled to a double overtime thriller with the Lady Panthers prevailing on their home court.
On Thursday evening at Blackfoot High School, there was no such drama as the Lady Panthers built a first half double digit lead and then cruised home from there with a 50-28 victory.
"We held them to eight points in the first half, sustained that and were able to catch them on a night when they didn't shoot the ball very well," Blackfoot head coach Rich Dunn said.
Indeed, first half points were tough to come by for the Lady Broncos on Thursday as a combination of good Snake River defense and a new offense stifled the normally up tempo Blackfoot squad.
"We tried our new offense which is a little slower to try and slow the game down because we have been having trouble keeping up our running game for four quarters," Blackfoot head coach Merle Smith said. "Offensively this was my fault tonight because this new offense had us standing around too much and it took us out of our normal rhythm."
While Blackfoot was having their offensive issues, Snake River heated up in the second quarter as Makena Shelley and Madison Pilster each drilled three point baskets, keying a 14-5 second quarter which spotted the Lady Panthers a 20-8 lead heading to the break.
Pilster finished the evening as the games high scorer with 18 points for the Lady Panthers.
"These games mean a lot to me especially since some people give me a hard time about leaving," Pilster said. "I just want to come out here and make my mark in a game like this."
The two teams played even in the third quarter of play but Snake River pulled away in the fourth quarter as Kylie Coby showed off her skills at going to the basket for many of her 10 points on the night to help propel the Lady Panthers to a 19-10 fourth quarter and the non-conference victory.
"We just came out, played as a team and played our game," Coby said. "It feels good to get the win. This team I'm on just feels more like family. We have an amazing coaching staff and I'm proud to be part of the Snake River family."
Blackfoot (1-11, 1-2) will be off for the holidays, returning next to their home court on January 3 when they host Hillcrest.
Snake River (9-1) have one more game before their holiday break when they host county foe Shelley on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
SNAKE RIVER 50, BLACKFOOT 28
Snake River 6 14 11 19 - 50
Blackfoot 3 5 10 10 - 28
Snake River (50) - Maegan Peace 4, Madison Pilster 18, Kylie Coby 10, Makena Shelley 9, Scout Baldwin 7. FG: 20. 3-pointers (Madison Pilster 2, Makena Shelley 2). FT: 6-16. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Brylie Bair.
Blackfoot (28) - Sasha Black 4, Cassandra Clarke 3, Madison Leslie 6, Morningrose Tobey 12, Mariella Alvarez 2. FG: 8. 3-pointers (none). FT: 12-22. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: none.