Printed on: February 08, 2013

Bees bounced just shy of state tourney

By Marlowe Hereford
mhereford@postregister.com

POCATELLO -- For the second time in a week, the Bonneville High School girls basketball team kept pace with Pocatello for three quarters.

Like the previous meeting Jan. 31, however, the Indians pounced on the Bees in the fourth quarter to win Thursday's 4A District 5-6 second-place game 58-46 and secure a state tournament berth.

Pocatello (15-8) built a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Most of the damage came from Kealee Hewatt and Brooke Pierce. Hewatt scored nine of her game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter -- including seven unanswered in 52 seconds -- to lead the charge. Bonneville also had no answer for Pierce, who scored 10 points and controlled the glass.

"We couldn't stop the penetration and then (Pierce), we couldn't keep her off the boards," Bonneville coach Ryan Harrigfeld said. "She just dominated the game, really."

The Indians had won the regular-season series by a combined 10 points. After those games and Pocatello's 51-42, come-from-behind win in the second round of districts, Harrigfeld said the Bees expected another close game Thursday. However, what began as anybody's game did not end as tight.

"Ultimately, their athleticism and their rebounding ended up being our biggest problems," Harrigfeld said.

Pocatello put Bonneville in a 7-1 hole early before Kiana Resendez sank the Bees' first field goal with 3:32 remaining in the first quarter. The Bees dug themselves out of the deficit with 3-pointers by Mandi Keck and Mackenzie Johnson and a foul shot by Kylee Giles to tie the game at 10 at the end of the first quarter.

A basket-for-basket scoring frenzy ensued in the second quarter. Keck drained a 3-pointer to give the Bees a 17-16 lead -- the lone Bonneville lead of the game -- but Hewatt put Pocatello ahead 19-17 with a layup and an and-one free throw. The Indians looked to pull away with a 5-0 run, but Mackenzie Johnson and Stephanie Bungard sank layups in the final 40 seconds to send the Bees into halftime trailing 27-25.

Allie Parker scored eight of her 13 points in the third quarter to extend Pocatello's lead from 27-25 to 43-36 entering the fourth, building a cushion for Hewatt's late-game baskets.

Giles led Bonneville (10-15) with 11 points while Keck added nine and Bungard had eight.

"I was proud of the kids and the way they fought in the district tournament," Harrigfeld said. "That's something I never question -- these kids' heart."