BLACKFOOT — It had been two weeks since the Blackfoot Lady Broncos last suited up for a game as the Christmas and New year's holidays gave the team some time to relax, recover and prepare for the second half of the season.
With a very large district game looming with the state's top ranked team Century on Tuesday, the Lady Broncos welcomed the Knights of Hillcrest High School to Blackfoot.
Despite 26 points from Morningrose Tobey, the Broncos were handed a defeat 68-49.
It was apparent very early on that the Broncos were having issues solving the Knights full court pressure defense as uncharacteristic turnovers and a slew of bad passes allowed Hillcrest easy basket after easy basket.
And when the Knights were not getting transition baskets, they dumping the ball down into the low post where they deep group of post players took the Broncos to the basket.
Despite the earl;y struggles the Broncos only trailed by two after the opening eight minutes.
The difference in the game for the Broncos was a 23-8 run by the Knights over the final 5:36 of the second quarter sent Hillcrest into the locker room by 13, leading 33-20.
Hillcrest double teamed Tobey most of the game forcing one of the other Blackfoot players to have to help chip in on the offensive side of the floor.
That help came from Cassandra Clarke.
Clarke scored 13 points but it was not gong to be enough as the long and tall Knights dominated the low post.
And in the third quarter the Knights Jasmine Jones got hot.
Jones scored 11 of her 13 points in the third quarter.
Entering the final quarter the Broncos trailed by 17 and tried to put on the full court press, but unlike many of the Broncos other opponents, the Knights found ways to beat it.
Blackfoot (5-7) hosts Century on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Hillcrest 68, Blackfoot 49
Hillcrest 10 23 19 16 — 68
Blackfoot 8 12 15 14 — 49
Hillcrest — Lindsay Cook 3 2-2, Cassidy Cook 3 5-8 11, Makell Skidmore 4 3-7 12, Sabrina Baldwin 3 1-2 7, Kylee Landon 1 3-4 5, Kaitlin Sargent 2 0-0 4, Hanna Hatch 3 0-0 6, Jasmine Jones 6 0-3 13, Kailee Jones 1 0-0 2. Blackfoot — Ella Alvarez 0 1-4 1, Morningrose Tobey 10 2-3 26, Holly gunderson 2 0-2 4, Cassandra Clarke 4 3-6 13, Madison Leslie 2 2-4 6, Taylor Diaz 1 0-0 2.