Printed on: January 17, 2013

Firth tops Salmon in Nuke showdown


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At Firth, the Firth High School boys basketball team added another tally to its impressive Nuclear Conference record.

Second-ranked Salmon led 24-18 at halftime. But

Firth rallied for a 48-44 victory, its 69th in the past

70 games against Nuclear Conference opponents.

"I like our intensity, I like our effort in the second half," Firth coach Scott Adams said. "But we've got to have that for a full four quarters. It was still a big win. They're a great basketball team and I'm sure we'll be seeing them again."

Mitch Orme's game-high 17 points led Firth while Jedd Tibbitts led Salmon with 15.

Firth (7-6, 2-0) hosts Ririe on Friday and Salmon (9-4, 1-1) hosts North Fremont the same night.

Shelley 69, Jerome 30: At Jerome, Shelley poured in 27 points in the third quarter while limiting Jerome to eight points in the second half in a nonconference rout.

"We saw about every conceivable defensive move on us tonight," Shelley coach Dave Hadley said. "Our kids offensively in the third quarter were very well-organized and disciplined and we got great looks. Defensively, we challenged shots and pushed them further away on the perimeter than they were comfortable with."

Hadley also praised the second-half rebounding and said Chad Leckington, who led Shelley with 17 points, had his best game of the year.

Garrett Nelson and McKay Cannon each added 10 for the Russets (11-3), who open their Mountain Rivers Conference schedule today at Teton.

Highland 65, Madison 46: At Highland, the 5A District 5-6 leading Rams held Madison to seven points in the second quarter and poured in 24 points in the third quarter, extending a 34-19 halftime lead for a conference win.

Eight Bobcats scored, led by Logan Lee's 11 points. Daniel Jones and Brady Dayton each added nine. Stefan Gonzalez scored a game-high 20 points to lead Highland.

Madison (8-5, 1-2) hosts Idaho Falls on Friday.

Century 46, Idaho Falls 44: At Idaho Falls, a fourth-quarter rally by Idaho Falls fell just short in a nonconference loss to Century.

"It was a fairly tight game most of the way," Idaho Falls coach Darin Monk said. "We were down a couple points down the stretch and our kids did a really good job of battling and fighting. We had a good shot at the end, but it just didn't go in."

Sophomore Connor Cammack led Idaho Falls with 13 points -- including two 3-pointers -- while Brayden Andrus and Justin Thomas each added eight.

Idaho Falls (0-12) next plays Friday at Madison.

Preston 54, Blackfoot 49: At Blackfoot, Taylor Smellie scored a game-high 15 points to lead Preston to a 4A District 5-6 win over Blackfoot.

Preston Hobbs scored 11 points while Kyle Slade and Kyle Lords scored nine each for Preston, which outscored Blackfoot 16-7 in the fourth quarter.

Paul Cannon scored 14 points and Austin Campbell added 10 for Blackfoot, which trailed 29-26 at halftime.

Teton 50, North Fremont 43: At Driggs, Teton shook off sluggish starts in the firth and third quarters to earn a nonconference win over North Fremont.

North Fremont started quickly, but Teton bounced back to take a 27-18 halftime lead. North Fremont outscored Teton 10-4 in the third quarter, but the Redskins bounced back with 19 points in the fourth.

Dalton Leatham scored 11 points while Tyler Hess and Taylor Hansen each had 10 to lead North Fremont. Wyatt Johnson scored 19 points and Tanner Street chipped in 11 to lead Teton (10-2), which plays at the Madison Juniors tonight.

West Jefferson 72, Ririe 53: At Ririe, West Jefferson built a double-digit lead in what began as a close game for a conference win over Ririe.

"They shot the ball pretty darn well tonight and were able to steadily pull away," Ririe coach Jake Landon said. "It was a pretty physical game, that's for sure."

Jacob Myler's game-high 19 points led Ririe while Cason Holdaway netted 17 points to lead West Jefferson.

Ririe (1-14, 0-3) travels to Firth on Friday while West Jefferson (2-10, 1-2) plays Saturday at South Fremont.

Girls basketball

Mackay 83, Sho-Ban 39: At Fort Hall, Mackay senior post Bailey Woodbury recorded yet another double-double in a conference rout of Sho-Ban.

Woodbury finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Miners, who are in the middle of three games in three nights.

"That was such an intense game (Tuesday versus Butte County), these guys were actually pretty tired tonight," Mackay coach Tanya Barker said. "To reach 83 after such an exhausting game is a good sign for me."

Chelbee Rosenkrance and Taylor Ivie had 16 and 13 points, respectively, for Mackay (9-5, 7-0), which plays tonight at Leadore.

Wrestling

Madison 52, Shelley 27: At Shelley, despite bumping three wrestlers from their weight classes, Shelley couldn't catch up with Madison.

"A lot of our younger kids were matched up against kids who were tough," Shelley coach Dusty Skidmore said. "Jakob Clement wrestled a state champ at 120 and did well. And we had a big win at 285 from Koltin Cowley. Our team is showing lots of heart."

Shelley will wrestle at Ririe today.

Firth 54, South Fremont 30: At St. Anthony, Firth won every match from 132 to 220 pounds to outdistance South Fremont.

"We had a couple matches that we didn't wrestle as well as we could have," South Fremont coach Chance Eckman said. "We had a good, solid win out of Matt Parke at 285 and Caleb Bischoff did a great job at 126 for the team."

South Fremont will host Teton on Tuesday.

Snake River 71, Bear Lake 10; Snake River 43, American Falls 38: At Moreland, Snake River won an important conference-counting double dual in 3A District 5 action.

Snake River will compete at the Tiger-Grizz on Friday and Saturday.