THOMAS — The Snake River Lady Panthers took to their home court for a holiday game on Saturday night and by the end of the evening, the visiting Malad Lady Dragons found no holiday spirit in the gym as the Lady Panthers envied the mercy rule with a 56-23 drubbing.
"We came out and looked a little holidayish to start the game," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said. "But like we've talked all year long. Defense, defense, defense and in the second quarter, after we got a little sweat on our brow, we took over the game with our defense by getting in their passing lanes and taking away their screen game which led to some transition baskets on the offensive end."
Indeed, the second quarter was certainly the death nail for the Lady Dragons upset hopes as the Lady Panthers opened the frame on a 7-0 run, capped by a Makena Shelley three ball from the wing for a 20-10 advantage.
Malad answered with their lone field goal in the quarter on their ensuing offensive possession but that was all that they could get against a stingy Snake River defense. Meagan Peace, Kylie Coby and Makena Shelley each had steals in which they converted with driving lay ups on the other end and a once close game turned into a 33-12 laugher as Snake River outscored Malad 20-2 in the second quarter.
"Meagan was a bright spot tonight," Coach Dunn said. "There in the second quarter she picks up a guard and does a great job of defending her and then later in the quarter when we bring Brylie [Bair] out for a rest she slides back and picks up their big and does a tremendous job of defending her as well."
Out of the break Brylie Bair was a beast on the low block as the junior post controlled the glass while pouring banging home several of her game high 14 points on the night.
"The Brylie Bair that we see in practice every day was here tonight," Coach Dunn said. "We are starting to play as a team and you could see the difference in Brylie tonight because instead of trying to help out everywhere else, she was able to focus on her game and when she does that, she is as good as they get."
With a thirty point lead, the mercy rule was initiated leading to a running clock to end the contest as Snake River improves their record to 11-1 on the season. Next up for the Lady Panthers is the conference opener when they host Bear Lake on Thursday. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
SNAKE RIVER 56, MALAD 23
Malad 10 2 5 6 - 23
Snake River 13 20 8 13 - 56
Malad (23) - Jordan Hawkes 6, Paige Robbins 2, Meaghan Brown 3, Brooke Sorensen 6, Aubrey King 6. FG: 10. 3-pointers (Jordan Hawkes 1). FT: 2-5. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: none.
Snake River (56) - Darci Polatis 2, Maegan Peace 6, Madison Pilster 6, Kylie Coby 8, Makena Shelley 9, Scout Baldwin 10, Maricia Reyes 1, Brylie Bair 14. FG: 25. 3-pointers (Makena Shelley 1). FT: 5-11. Fouls: 8. Fouled out: none.