Printed on: December 06, 2012

Pirates win battle of small school powers


At Ashton, the Butte County High School girls basketball team knocked off North Fremont 34-31 in an early-season clash of highly-ranked teams.

North Fremont, the unanimous top-ranked team in 2A, led by seven points in the third quarter. But Butte County, the defending 2A champ and the second-ranked 1A Division I team, held North Fremont scoreless in the fourth quarter for the nonconference win.

"Neither one of us made scoring easy for each other easy," North Fremont coach Ben Lenz said. "I was real pleased with the way we played defensively. But we got a little stagnant (offensively) toward the end."

Both teams struggled from the free-throw line, shooting a combined 8 for 23. North Fremont was 2 for 9, including 0 for 4 in the fourth quarter.

Senior forward Korbin Traughber led Butte County (6-0) with 12 points while Cheyan Coburn added eight. Dakota Mar-shall led North Fremont with 12 points and Kennalee Howell added eight.

North Fremont (6-1) hosts Sugar-Salem tonight.

Around the Region

Madison 56, Bonneville 39: At Rexburg, Madison held a one-point lead at halftime before running away in the second half behind a stingy defense that held Bonneville to 17 points the rest of the way.

"We came out and the kids did a good job defensively of taking away a few things Bonneville was doing," Madison coach Traci Peterson said of the second half. "We had good pressure on the ball and that helped us."

Jane Hansen led Mad-ison with 12 points while Bridgette Blair added 11.

Kylee Giles and Mac-Kenzie Johnson each scored nine to lead Bonneville.

Madison (8-0) hosts Skyline on Friday.

Hillcrest 42, Shelley 35: At Hillcrest, Shelley rallied to tie the game at 31 and 33 in the fourth quarter, but Hillcrest held on for a nonconference victory thanks to an 8-for-12 performance from the free-throw line.

"They had a couple quick turnovers, we got up seven points and then they had to foul," Hillcrest coach Cody Jackson said.

Sami Moore led Hill-crest with 12 points while Cassidy Cook added seven. Sam Orme led Shelley with seven points.

Hillcrest (6-1) travels to Highland on Friday.

Century 36, Idaho Falls 29: At Idaho Falls, Idaho Falls committed 27 turn-overs as it fell in a defensive struggle.

"(Century) played hard," Idaho Falls coach Britney Christensen said. "I felt they beat us to the 50-50 balls. For the most part defensively, we played well enough to win. But we just got outlasted a bit."

Angela Sanchez led Idaho Falls with 10 points and Jada John-Lewis added nine.

Idaho Falls (3-4) hosts Rigby on Friday.

Rigby 61, Preston 44: At Preston, Rigby sophomore guard Tori Anderson broke out, sinking four 3-pointers and scoring a game-high 20 points to lead the Trojans to a nonconference win.

"She has been struggling a lot offensively," Rigby coach Shalaina Tyler said. "I told her to work a littler harder on defense, let the game come to you and it'll come. And that's what she did."

Kelsie Blanchard added 14 points for Rigby (3-4, 2-1), which travels to Idaho Falls on Friday.

Firth 58, Aberdeen 39: At Firth, Firth raced out to a 22-2 advantage by the end of the first quarter and never looked back for a nonconference win.

"We were able to execute our press well in the first quarter and get some easy transition buckets," Firth coach Sharla Cook said. "We really played solid defense in the first half."

Sophomore forward Bailey Nelson led Firth with 16 points while Britton Bean added 13 and Brittana Spencer scored 11.

Firth (6-2) travels to South Fremont today.

Boys basketball

Salmon 57, Teton 50: At Salmon, Jedd Tibbitts scored 23 points as Salmon overcame a 27-20 halftime deficit to win a nonconference game.

Jacob Shively added 15 for Salmon. Teton's Jason Clark had 20 points.

"It was a hard-fought game and I thought our defense made some good adjustments," Salmon coach Jim Bob Infanger said. "We rebounded well and kept our turnovers down. It was a great team win."

Salmon (3-0) will play Friday and Saturday in the Butte, Mont., tipoff tournament against Hardin, Mont., and Billings Central, Mont.

Sugar-Salem 57, West Jefferson 17: At Sugar City, the first quarter set the tone as Sugar-Salem got out to a 20-2 lead.

Keaton Small scored 18 points, followed by 12 for Devon Smith to lead the Diggers

"We played really well defensively," Sugar-Salem coach Clyde Nelson said. "Keaton Small had some good shots inside and Devon Smith did well."

West Jefferson's Kaden Stoneberg had seven points.

Sugar-Salem (4-0) will host Marsh Valley on Friday.

South Fremont 51, Ririe 29: At St. Anthony, South Fremont got out of the gate slowly before outscoring Ririe 30-20 in the second half to earn the win.

Zach Trost, Micah Pope and Dakota Wilson all scored 10 points for South Fremont.

"We knew we had a size advantage, but we shot from outside early and didn't hit much," South Fremont coach Ryon Pope said. "Then we pounded it inside and had 16 points from our kids. I liked our defensive game tonight."

South Fremont (1-2) hosts Soda Springs on Friday.

Challis 60, Clark County 46: At Dubois, Challis held Clark County to 18 points and 15-percent shooting from the field in the second half to turn a six-point halftime deficit into a nonconference victory.

"We were fronting guys, taking care of posts, getting rebounds," Challis coach Mike Olson said. "Every-thing else took care of itself once we started playing defense."

Challis' Cole Trusnovec drained four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points while teammate Craig Olson added 16.

Tucker Farr led Clark County with 13 points and Chayce Bramwell added 11.

Challis (2-1) travels to Salmon on Tuesday.


Challis 53, Raft River 18: At Challis, five head-to-head wins by Challis proved too much for Raft River in 1A action.

Challis had four pins and one technical fall for the majority of its points.

"Joshua D'Orazio got things started for us and did great," Challis coach John Piva said.

Challis will wrestle at home against South Fremont and Teton on Dec. 13.