Printed on: December 13, 2012

Diggers overcome first-half deficit to clip Salmon


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At Sugar City, Sugar-Salem overcame a 28-24 halftime deficit for its second win over Salmon this season.

With the Diggers' lone senior, Aubrey Huntsman, out with illness, her teammates rallied in her absence.

"We had some kids step it up big time," Sugar-Salem coach Crystal Carpenter said. "Salmon's a great team. They played really well tonight. We came out and had a huge third quarter."

Sierra Spratling led the Diggers with 20 points while Karli Siddoway and Ta'Lee Rose added seven points each. Deshka Olson's game-high 23 points -- including all four of her team's 3-pointers -- led Salmon.

Sugar-Salem (4-7) hosts Firth on Friday.

WEST JEFFERSON 56, CHALLIS 37: At Terreton, the Panthers exploded out of the gate in a nonconference game, taking a 27-5 first quarter lead over the Vikings.

West Jefferson made the most of its ball distribution game in the victory, getting 15 assists on 18 field goals.

\\\"People were finding each other and shots were going in,\\\" West Jefferson coach Gary Skidmore said. \\\"Everyone was playing well together and that\\\'s going to help us down the road.\\\"

Challis opened the game in a box-and-1 defense designed to slow West Jefferson\\\'s Riley Jemmett. The defense only left the Panthers unguarded on the perimeter and they hit five of their eight 3-pointers in the first quarter.

West Jefferson (6-2) is back in action tonight when they host Aberdeen.

Ririe 46, South Fremont 35: At Ririe, Tasha Huff's game-high 20 points lifted the Bulldogs to a nonconference home win over South Fremont.

Ririe held South Fremont to 14 points in the first half, but the second half was tighter.

"Amy Johnson, Brooke Griffith and Tasha Huff played a really tough defensive game," Ririe coach Damien Smith said. "We went stagnant into the third quarter and South Fremont played better."

Alli Linsenmann added nine points for Ririe while Preslie Singleton's nine points led South Fremont.

The win is the sixth straight for Ririe, which dropped its first two contests of the season. Smith credits the win streak to his young team coming together behind Huff and Johnson.

"They've played for me and know what it takes to win," Smith said. "The younger girls are starting to follow along."

Ririe (6-2) plays Friday at Salmon in its conference opener.

Firth 47, Teton 41: At Firth, late game foul shots helped the Cougars turn a 20-19 halftime deficit into a nonconference win over Teton.

Firth went to the charity stripe 30 times in the contest and its most decisive foul shots came in the final minutes.

"We were 10 for 13 in the fourth quarter and that was really a difference maker for us," Firth coach Sharla Cook said.

Sophomore Bailey Nelson led the Cougars once again with a game-high 24 points while Kayla Jensen added nine points. Brooke Rammell led Teton with 12 points.

"She's doing a great job on the offensive glass getting put backs," Cook said of Nelson. "She and Kayla get some good looks underneath from our guards."

Firth (8-2) plays Friday at Sugar-Salem.

Boys basketball

RIGBY 68, IDAHO FALLS 42: At Idaho Falls, the Trojans doubled up the Tigers 28-14 by halftime en route to their first of the season.

Rigby hit nine 3-pointers, led by Jenner Heyrend who had four. JonRyheem Peoples had one of those 3-pointers, finishing with a game-best 18.

\\\"Rigby came out and shot really well, and rebounded the ball,\\\" Idaho Falls coach Darin Monk said. \\\"We\\\'ve got to do a better job taking care of the ball and defend better.\\\"

The Tigers hit five triples of their own including a pair from Connor Cammack. Brayden Andrus led Idaho Falls with seven points.

Idaho Falls (0-4) will host Shelley on Friday night.

Boys basketball

BONNEVILLE 77, POCA-TELLO 65: At Bonneville, Bonneville prevailed in a shootout over Pocatello for its first conference win of the season.

The Bees led 51-39 in the third quarter before Pocatello rallied with hot shooting.

"We played really well defensively the first and third quarters," Bonneville coach Brian Broaddus said. "They started hitting some deep 3s."

Four Bees finished in double-figures, led by Jared Stutzman's 18 points. Schareek Davenport added 16 points while Kohl Hostert had 13 and Keegan Hansen had 12.

The win was also landmark for the program.

"To my understanding, Bonneville hasn't beaten Poky in a regular season game in a long time," Broaddus said. "It was a good win for the boys."

Bonneville (4-0, 1-0) next plays Friday at Blackfoot.

Butte County 69, Ririe 41: At Arco, Butte County built on a 35-16 halftime lead en route to a nonconference win over Ririe for its second win in as many days.

Radley Gammett scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Pirates while Jon Isham and Steve Kent added 10 points each in the win. Jake Wilson's 11 points led Ririe and teammate Austin Zeller added nine.

"He took the ball to the hole real well tonight," Butte County coach Steve Kent said of Gammett. "He made three or four really nice drives to the basket."

Butte County (5-1) opens conference play Saturday at Hansen.

Hillcrest 64, Blackfoot 45: At Blackfoot, Hillcrest poured in 20 points in the second quarter to jump out to a 30-19 halftime lead en route to a nonconference win over Blackfoot.

Three Knights reached double-figures in the win, led by Scott Baldwin's game-high 18 points. Fellow seniors Blake Phippen and Tanner Austin added 16 and 14 points, respectively. McKye Watt led Blackfoot with 14 points -- including three 3-pointers --and Tyler Cannon added nine points.

Hillcrest (5-1) next plays Saturday at Century.

Wrestling

Rigby 54, Madison 25; Rigby 51, Hillcrest 28: At Rigby, Cutler Gneiting (132) and Colton Kunz (160) led Rigby to a double-dual win scoring a combined 21 points. Rigby used a balanced attack throughout their lineup to record the victories.

"Our younger guys are getting experienced and starting to win matches," Rigby coach Ed Andersen said. "We are excited about where the team is going."

Rigby will wrestle at 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bonneville Duals.

Blackfoot 74, Madison 6; Blackfoot 69, Hillcrest 15: At Rigby, Blackfoot proved too much for Madison and Hillcrest losing only four matches between both duals.

"Chase James (132) stepped up with a come-from-behind win and Kohl Bingham won a real tough match against Chad Green (Madison)," Blackfoot coach Thain Cashmore said. "The kids are anxious to wrestle more."

Blackfoot will wrestle at 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bonneville Duals.

Skyline 68, Century 15; Pocatello 48, Sky-line 33: At Century, Skyline's Casey Johnson (132), Dallin Stout (160), Chris Mobley (195) and Chris Reinhart (182) finished the night with pins in both their matches against Pocatello and Century.

"It's nice to have Chris Mobley back," Skyline coach Brian Ricks said.

Skyline will wrestle at 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bonneville Duals.

Idaho Falls 73, Century 12; Pocatello 59, Idaho Falls 20: At Century, Idaho Falls started slow against Pocatello before picking up steam and took out Century with a 61-point win.

Idaho Falls' Kade Thompson (132), Julius Vasquez (152), Brady Kenney (170) and Laziah Vasquez (160) were all double winners. Idaho Falls will wrestle at 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bonneville Duals.