During the second quarter of the girls basketball Emotion Bowl, Skyline senior forward Brittney Dennert accidentally bumped into a teammate — after an Idaho Falls’ offensive rebound — causing blood to run from her nose.
Dennert’s quick nosebleed could be used as a metaphor for the annual game between two crosstown rivals, which has historically been a gritty matchup.
And Thursday night’s grudge match at Skyline’s gym was no different than years past: it wasn’t pretty, but Dennert and the Grizzlies used back-to-back 15-point quarters to beat the Idaho Falls Tigers 50-31.
The win halts a seven-game losing streak for Skyline. Idaho Falls slides to 0-10 on the season.
It’s the first time Skyline has beaten Idaho Falls since 2014.
“I think it will be a kick-start for the rest of the season and to finish out strong,” said Dennert, who confirmed her nose is fine. “It’s a really big rivalry, and it has been forever. I think we all really came together as a team and played really unselfishly.”
Regardless of injury, Dennert led Skyline with 11 points, Lizzie Bialas added 10 points and Halli Olson added eight points during the win.
Madalyn and Kennedy Burton led the way for Idaho Falls with the two relatives combining for 23 points. Kennedy led all scorers with 13 on 3-for-5 3-point shooting.
After the win, Skyline coach Ty Keck praised his team’s low-post presence, including Dennert’s rebounding, as the difference maker.
“In those second and third quarter, we really started — offensively — do what we’ve been preaching: move the ball, look inside and when we looked inside it seemed like those outside shots started dropping,” Keck said.
Up 21-10 at halftime, the Grizzlies used a 15-point third quarter to eventually pull away from the Tigers. And with rugged defense and a lack of efficient scoring on both ends of the court, Skyline leaned on a variety of players to score its highest point total since its season-opening win including freshman post player Sophie Anderson and sophomore guard Macy Olson.
For Idaho Falls, it couldn’t keep up with Skyline because of sloppy turnovers and fouls. The Tigers finished with 13 turnovers and 19 fouls.
“I don’t question their effort. I thought they worked hard,” Idaho Falls’ coach Dallan Parker said.
“It comes down to fundamental basketball. We’ll get there. They’re frustrated, but we’ll stay positive … Both programs are young, as far as experience goes, and you rely on grittiness when it comes to that. You rely on just effort, hard-nose basketball.”
Skyline (2-7) will play Madison Saturday in Rexburg. Idaho Falls (0-10) will play Pocatello next at home.
The next edition of the Emotion Bowl will be played at Idaho Falls on Thursday Jan. 18.
SKYLINE 50, IDAHO FALLS 31
Skyline 6 15 15 14 — 50
Idaho Falls 8 2 6 15 — 31
SKYLINE (50) — Lizzie Bialas 10, Brittney Dennert 11, Halli Olson 8, Sophie Anderson 4, Annalise Cheret 2, Macy Olson 2, Megan Huntsman 2, Erin Jenkins 5, Kalli Miller 3, Payton Bird 3. FG: 17. 3-pointers: 4 (Jenkins, Bialas 2, Miller). FT: 9-13. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: none.
IDAHO FALLS (31) — Kennedy Burton 13, Madalyn Burton 10, Amber Burton 2 Kaitlin Moss 3, Kennedy Williams 3. FG: 10. 3-pointers: 5 (K. Burton 3, Williams, M. Burton) FT: 6-13. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: none.