Panthers drop state title game to Diggers

By: 
FRED DAVIS
Staff Writer

On the biggest stage in the State of Idaho and playing for the biggest prize in girl's high school basketball, two of the best teams squared off for the 2018 3A state championship. The two teams, defending state champion Sugar-Salem from Sugar City, a few miles from Rexburg and Snake River, just across the Snake River from Blackfoot are familiar foes and had already met a pair of times this season, with the Diggers of Sugar-Salem prevailing in both contests.
As it turned out, this game was one of the best in the entire series of the state championships that were held this week in the Treasure Valley. They battled tooth and nail throughout the 32 minutes contest, with first one team holding a narrow lead and then the other. The game featured seven lead changes and five ties and the biggest lead of the game was a mere seven points, when Sugar-Salem held a 34-27 advantage. Back would come the Panthers, but it just wasn't quite enough, as the Diggers dug deep down and held off the hard charging Panthers to end up hoisting the championship trophy, winning by the final score of 42-39.
Please read the entire article in the Monday edition of the Morning News.