SHELLEY — When the Shelley and Snake River girls basketball teams met last Saturday in Thomas it was a third quarter run by the home team that earned the Panthers the victory.
The teams met again in Shelley Thursday night and the outcome was much different than six days earlier.
The Lady Russets came out on fire shooting the ball and then held off a second half run by the Panthers to earn their first win of the season 45-36 in the Potato Cellar Thursday night.
"This was the longest game I have ever coached, I did not think the clock was ever going to hit zero," Shelley head coach Burke Davis said. "We played well in the first half and we played hard. It is a work in progress and we are still not where we want to be."
Shelley came out on fire on offense led by senior guard Indi Young. Young had her way with the Snake River defense in the first quarter scoring the Lady Russets final nine points of the first quarter on the way to a game-high 18.
While the Shelley offense was on fire, the Panthers were struggling.
It over 6:30 seconds for the Panthers to get their first points of the game.
"We really had great looks at the basket," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said. "Burke and I talk a lot and we knew they struggled shooting the ball, tonight they hoop was as big as the ocean and for us we could not hit sand if we fell of a camel."
The Lady Russets led 16-2 after one quarter and 27-9 at the half.
In the third quarter the Panthers stepped up their defensive pressure for king Shelley into turnovers leading to an early 6-0 run.
But Snake River went the final 5:12 without a basket as Shelley took a 30-16 lead into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter Snake River cut the deficit down to 10 after back-to-back three pointers by the Panthers Ivy Goff.
But in the end the Russets were determined to end their seven game losing streak.
Young had a beautiful up and under layup to seal the victory for the Russets.
"Today we played good for a half and the finish of the game," David said. "What I noticed tonight was that kids made plays. When we were struggling on offense Madi Ball hit some big shots for us."
"In the second half I don't think we shot the ball any better but I was happy with our defensive effort," Dunn said. "We had plenty of transition opportunities, we made some we missed some. But we just had a bad night."
Goff led the Panthers with 12 points.
Shelley (1-7) host Marsh Valley on Tuesday while the Panthers (3-4) host Soda Springs. Both games tip-off at 7:30 p.m.
Shelley 45, Snake River 36
Snake River 2 7 7 20 — 36
Shelley 16 11 3 15 — 45
Snake River — Makena Shelley 2, Ivy Goff 12, Scout Baldwin 4, Alyssa Crumley 6, Brylie Bair 4, Jetta Goff 5, Sierra Mortensen 3. Shelley — Brooke Sorensen 5, Kira Marlow, 6, Ashlyn Yancey 2, Indi Young 18, Madi Ball, Brecklyn Hobbs 8.