Printed on: December 09, 2012

Hillcrest boys double up Spartans


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At Hillcrest, the Knights poured in 25 points in the first quarter and never looked back in a 67-33 nonconference win over Minico.

"We shot the ball extremely well and defended really hard," Hillcrest coach Don Baldwin said. "Everybody played a lot and got a lot of minutes."

Nine Knights scored in the win, led by Tanner Austin's 17 points. Fellow senior Blake Phippen chipped in 11 points.

Hillcrest (4-1) travels to Blackfoot on Wednesday.

Boys basketball

Butte County 63, Mackay 53: At Arco, four Pirates finished in double figures in a 63-53 home win over Mackay.

"We managed to get a little bit of a lead there in the late third, early fourth," Butte County coach Steve Kent said. "We pulled them out of their zone and we finished them off that way."

The Miners were strong on the glass, Mackay coach Chris Peterson said, but couldn't match Butte County's perimeter shooting.

"At the end, we were down five and they kinda stalled on us a little bit and you have to foul," Peterson said.

Kyle Isham's 17 points led Butte County while Radley Gammett had 14. Dustin Rosenkrance led Mackay with 17 points, Caden Betzer added 14 points, and freshman Keller Lambson had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Butte County (3-1) hosts Carey on Tuesday while Mackay (2-3) hosts Sho-Ban on Saturday.

Clearfield, Utah, 62, Skyline 54: At Clearfield, Utah, a cold shooting afternoon doomed Skyline to its second loss in Utah in as many days.

Skyline shot 16 for 50 (32 percent) from the floor and 5 for 27 (18.5 percent) from behind the 3-point line. Clearfield was 23 for 40 (57.5 percent) from the floor.

Scott Allison led Skyline with 12 points and five steals while adding four assists. Andre Madrigal chipped in with 11 points and four steals.

Skyline (2-2) hosts Shelley on Wednesday.

Syracuse, Utah, 67, Madison 56: At Syracuse, Utah, Syracuse built an eight-point halftime lead and pulled away with a 23-14 advantage in the third quarter.

"Boy, they just had more energy than us," Madison coach Bill Hawkins said. "We were a step behind them all game."

Senior forward Logan Lee led Madison and all scorers with 21 points. Teammates Brady Dayton and Kameron Jackson each added 10.

Madison (3-2) hosts Pocatello on Friday.

Sugar-Salem 43, Soda Springs 42: At Sugar City, Sugar-Salem held on to improve to 6-0 on the season.

Sugar-Salem held a six-point lead with 30 seconds left. Soda Springs drained a 3-pointer, forced a turnover and earned another basket before time ended.

"It was the complete opposite of (Friday) night," Sugar-Salem coach Clyde Nelson said. "We did not shoot well. We did not pass it well. We did not do a whole lot right. But we won."

Jason Hawkes led Sugar-Salem with 14 points while Beau Choffin added 12.

Sugar-Salem (6-0) hosts Firth on Thursday.

South Fremont 58, Marsh Valley 45: At St. Anthony, South Fremont trailed by three points heading into halftime. But it outscored Marsh Valley 34-18 in the second half to run away with its third straight win.

"We went back to man and really defended well," South Fremont coach Ryon Pope said.

Zach Trost scored a game-high 22 points for South Fremont -- which committed a season-low eight turnovers -- while Ryker Maupin added 14.

South Fremont (3-2) hosts Salmon on Thursday.

North Fremont 69, North Gem 29: At Bancroft, North Fremont continued to showcase its defense as it held North Gem to 10 points in the second half for a nonconference blowout victory.

"Our pressure defense got to them early," North Fremont coach Todd Jensen said. "The kids are really buying into it."

North Fremont's Tyler Hess scored a game-high 15 points while Caden Hyde added 13.

North Fremont (4-0) hosts Sho-Ban on Tuesday.

Malad 71, West Jefferson 50: At Malad, Malad cruised past West Jefferson for a nonconference victory.

Details were not available.

West Jefferson (0-5) travels to Aberdeen on Thursday.

Salmon 59, Billings Central Catholic 57: At the Butte Tip Off Tournament in Butte, Mont., Salmon edged Montana Class A powerhouse Billings Central Catholic 59-57 to stay undefeated.

Salmon also knocked down 10 3-point baskets in a game that turned into a nailbiter as Billings Central Catholic erased a 20-point deficit to tie the game with one minute left.

Jayden Infanger and Jedd Tibbitts led Salmon with 19 and 18 points, respectively.

Salmon (5-0) hosts Challis on Tuesday.

Girls basketball

North Fremont 55, North Gem 46: At Bancroft, Kennalee Howell's game-high 23 points lifted North Fremont to a 55-46 road victory to put the Huskies back in the win column.

The junior also knocked down three 3-pointers in the contest.

"She's been on the verge and tonight she had a breakout game," North Fremont coach Ben Lenz said. "She's an extremely hard worker."

Alyssa Hawkes had 12 points for the Huskies while Dakota Marshall added eight.

North Fremont (7-2) faces Butte County on Tuesday at Arco.

West Jefferson 37, Sugar-Salem 23: At Terreton, West Jefferson won a defensive battle against Sugar-Salem 37-23 to avenge a 3-point loss to the Diggers earlier in the season.

The Panthers took a 30-6 halftime lead, but the Diggers made the game a closer contest in the second half and limited West Jefferson to seven points.

"We just played probably the best half we've played in the first half on both ends of the court," West Jefferson coach Gary Skidmore said. "Sugar turned the defense up on us in the second half."

Riley Jemmett's game-high 12 points led the Panthers while Alexis Johnson added seven points. Sierra Spratling led Sugar-Salem with six points.

West Jefferson (5-2) hosts Challis on Wednesday.

SNAKE RIVER 49, SHELLEY 48, OT: At Shelley, Snake River's McKenna Shelley hit a 3-pointer from the corner on an inbounds play to turn a 48-46 into a victory in a nonconference match-up.

"The players did enough to win, and we ended up with a two-point lead, and they ran a little sideline play and made the shot at the buzzer from 19 feet," Shelley coach Burke Davis said.

Davis also took blame for the loss after he drew a technical foul in the final seconds of regulation.

Sam Orme led Shelley with 15 points and Maddi Pilster led the Panthers with a16.

Shelley (3-6) will next play at Idaho Falls on Wednesday.

Salmon 55, Billings (Mont.) Central 33: At Butte, Mont., Deshka Olson scored a game-high 20 points and Salmon knocked off Montana's defending Class A state champions.

"It was a great win," Salmon coach Eric Bender said. "We came out and played the best basketball we've played all year. Knowing they were the defending state champs got us fired up."

Anna Schroeder scored 14 points, Tess McClenahan had nine and Emily Taylor added eight for Salmon (4-4), which plays at Sugar-Salem on Wednesday.

Butte County 42, Mackay 34: At Arco, Butte County started the game hot and held on for a nonconference victory in its fourth game in five days.

"We just got into our shooting rhythm finally," Butte County coach Jesse Lettington said. "We just got open shots and were hitting them. I don't know what else to say."

Alyssa Shaffer and Cheyan Coburn each sunk three 3-pointers to score 13 points each for Butte County, which rebounded from its first loss of the season Thursday.

Mackay's Bailey Woodbury scored a game-high 14 points.

Butte County (7-1) hosts North Fremont on Tuesday. Mackay (3-3) travels to Clark County on Wednesday.

Carey 49, Challis 38: At Carey, Carey's Jaide Parke scored a game-high 28 points, including 11 in the second quarter, to drop Challis to .500 on the season.

Challis also lost starting point guard Rachelle Chamberlain to an ankle injury, which, combined with Parke's hot shooting, led to a 33-14 halftime lead for Carey.

"It took us until halftime to re-gather ourselves," Challis coach Jim Chamberlain said. Morgan Miller scored 15 points to lead Challis (3-3), which travels to West Jefferson on Wednesday.